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Kwara: Customs generates N3.5bn in 3 months

The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday said it generated the sum of N3,566,997,587.12 between January and March 2023.

The command also seized some prohibited items, including 451 bags of foreign rice during the period.

Kehinde Ilesanmi, the new customs area controller for Kwara Command, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the activities of the command in the first quarter of the year 2023 in Ilorin, the state capital.

“A comparative analysis with the preceding year 2022 indicates that we have surpassed revenue collected in the same period last year 2022 with N779,992,680.64,” he stated.

The Area Controller added that the command made 23 seizures of different items during the period under review.

The seizures made by the men of the command included 873 kegs of petroleum of 25 liters each which is about 21, 825 liters of PMS, six units of used vehicles, 451 Bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each), 23 bales of secondhand clothing, one motorcycle used in conveying petroleum.

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Ilesanmi added: ” The cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) for all the above seizures is N34, 797, 020.00). This surpasses the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of seizures made in the first quarter of last year 2022 with N 25, 628, 520.00.”

He disclosed that in line with the extant laws and Standard Operational Procedure (SOP), most of the inflammable products have been auctioned to the members of the public, adding that the amount generated as fees has been remitted into the government coffers.

The Area Controller warned smugglers and would-be smugglers to keep away from the length and breadth of Kwara or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

He added that the leadership of Nigeria Customs Service under the Comptroller General of Customs Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) remains unrelenting in the bid to continue to foil, frustrate and deplete the activities of economy saboteurs.

In line with this, Ilesanmi declared that the Kwara Command through its renewed strategies has continued to achieve increased blockage of revenue leakages and preventing the smuggling of prohibited imported items.

Ilesanmi, however warned that, “the Command under my leadership will not negotiate the CGC’s zero tolerance to acts of economic sabotage. Smuggling in whatever form is an act of economic sabotage and the Command would ensure that it pursues smugglers to their trenches.”