By Alex Akao
The Tincan Island Command of the Customs Service has generated over two hundred and seventy -four point three billion Naira in the first half of the year, 2022.
It represents twenty-seven point fifty percent increase from last year’s figure of two hundred and twenty-nine point three billion Naira.
The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Mr. Adekunle Oloyede attributed the feat to the increase in export activities between January and June ending.
He said that export cargoes that passed through the Command were one hundred and thirty-eight thousand, two hundred and forty-six point fifty metric tons as against one hundred thousand, five hundred metric tons during the same period in 2021.
Mr. Oloyede said that the Command also scale up its enforcement and anti-smuggling activities.
During the period under review, the Command seized 145kg of Colorado (Indian hemp), 206,000 pieces of machetes, 640 bales of used clothes and 236,500 pieces of used shoes.
Others are 62,500 pieces of new lady’s shoes, over one point six million pieces of chloroquine injections, over one point eight million pieces of Novalgen injection, 48,850 rolls of cigarettes and 23,800 tins of sodium bromate and baking powder.
These were besides seizures like motor batteries, cars, trucks arms and ammunition.
Mr. Oloyede said that impoters of four units of Mack truck heads, Toyota Sequoia 2008 model, Mercedes Benz GL450 2008 model and one Toyota 4Runner 2011 models forged his signature to facilitate clearance.
He said the eagle eyes of his officer detected his signature was forged. He promised that they will be prosecuted to serve as deterrent.
The Controller gave an assurance that the capacity of officers would be strengthened through training and retraining for them to put in their best.
He also promised that the Command would continue to provide a conducive environment for trade through constant engagements with relevant stakeholders and regulatory agencies.