The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has disclosed that it generated N1.07 billion in the first two months of 2018, N28 million lower than the command’s expected revenue target of N1.35 billion.
Taupyen Selchang , command’s spokesman, said this in a statement released on Thursday.
It comes as Mohammed Aliyu, the command’s comptroller, asserted that Seme Command was no longer a safe haven for illicit activities and trans-border crimes.
Aliyu, quoted in the statement, said any attempt by deviant stakeholders will be met with stiff penalties by the proactive officers and men of the command’s anti-smuggling unit as he disclosed that the command intercepted 2,200 cartons of banned tin tomatoes and 63 second-hand front and rear lamps of vehicles.
Aliyu said the tomatoes were concealed in a truck marked LND 759 XE along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway while the lamps were found in a bus marked KRO 530 EP on the same route.
He said: “The goods with a duty paid value of over N6 million have been deposited at one of the command’s warehouses which was as a result of the new intelligence-driven operational strategy adopted by the command yielding positive results”.
He warned officers to be wary of the current wind of change blowing through the service and urged them to key into the reform agenda of Hameed Ali, the Comptroller-General of Customs.