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Kebbi Customs scuttles smuggling of PMS through waterways; generates over N44 million in March

Kebbi Customs scuttles smuggling of PMS through waterways; generates over N44 million in March

 

 

The Kebbi Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has said the command scuttled smuggling of PMS out of the country

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The command’s helmsman, Comptroller Ben Oramalugo added that the command generated a total sum of forty four million, eight hundred and sixty two thousand, and three hundred and seventy two naira (₦144,862,372), in the month of March, 2023.

According to Comptroller Oramaugo, the figure represents 164% of the commnad’s monthly target saying despite elections that took place in the month which undoubtedly affected the volume of import of goods into the country.

Text of the briefing, “It is my pleasure to welcome you, for the second time, to the Headquarters of Nigeria Customs Service, Kebbi Area Command, Birnin-Kebbi to update you on our activities in the last month of March, 2023 leading to numerous successes in our core mandates of revenue generation, trade facilitation and suppression of smuggling.”

In revenue generation, “Since I took over barely two months ago, I have explored several ways, holding series of meetings and interfacing with all stakeholders aimed at stemming the tide of smuggling and increased revenue generation.

“In particular, we brought all our trading communities on board in a deliberate and conscious effort to forge a common ground. In all the meetings we held, I stressed the need for compliance and I enjoined them to adhere strictly to extant guidelines on import and export of goods.

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“Following these efforts, the Command has recorded a tremendous success in the area of revenue.

“In the month of March under review, we were able to generate a sum of one hundred and forty four million, eight hundred and sixty two thousand, and three hundred and seventy two naira (₦144,862,372).

“This represents 164% of our monthly target despite elections that took place in the month which undoubtedly affected the volume of import of goods into the country.

“As the efforts we put in place continue to translate to positive outcome, we hope to record steady rise in the Command’s revenue in the coming months throughout the year. We are hopeful of meeting, if not surpassing, the Command’s annual target of one billion, fifty eight million, seven hundred and two thousand four hundred and sixty six naira (₦1,058,702,466).

“We are now exploring ways on how to address a major challenge identified by our stakeholders of multiple taxation from our neighbouring countries before their goods arrive at Kamba, the only border currently open under this Command.

ANTI SMUGGLING
“On the wee hours of Wednesday, 29th March, 2023, we received credible intelligence of ongoing smuggling activities of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) at an AP filling station at Yauri in Yauri Local Government of Kebbi State.

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“I instantly detailed my officers and men to rush to the scene, stop the illegal activity and seal up the filling station. The joint patrol teams, upon arriving at the filling station, engaged in skilled mode operation by cordoning off the entire area, sealing the filling station and started evacuation of all the kegs of PMS already loaded for onward smuggling out of the country through one of the waterways in Yauri.

“While the evacuation was ongoing, the criminals who had fled the scene upon sighting our vehicles, later mobilized themselves and came back with some thugs in order to resist the evacuation, but our men stood their ground until we received reinforcement from the Nigerian Army who helped us in dispersing the crowd.

“We were able to eventually evacuate three hundred and four (304) kegs of PMS of 25 liters each, sealed up the filling station along with (6) petrol tankers inside. Investigation is now ongoing.

“Seizures made during the period under review include:
16,375 liters of PMS
210 cartons of foreign spaghetti
34 bales of second hand clothes
109 cartons of confectionaries, among others.

“The Duty Paid Value of the seized items is twenty three million, one hundred and forty one thousand, and eight hundred and three naira (23,141,803).

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“Gentlemen of the press, permit me at this juncture to send a strong warning to all smugglers and their enablers in Kebbi State to desist from their nefarious acts. We will not fold our arms and allow any filling station to be used as a conduit pipe for smuggling PMS out of the country.

“Our government pays heavily to subsidize the product for our citizens which makes it illegal and morally reprehensible for few individuals to divert it for their own aggrandizement. We remain resolute in frustrating their illegal ventures as we are morally and logistically equipped and have the gallantry to scuttle all their activities.

*Finally, we appreciate all well-meaning citizens who help us with useful information to nip smuggling in the bud. We also remain grateful to other units in the Service and sister agencies for their timely intervention anytime we reach out to them for their support. Thank you for your attention.”

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