Customs Command generates N167 bn, seizes 159 containers

CAC Apapa, Eporwei Edike

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Area Command, on Wednesday said it generated N167 billion revenue between January and July.

Mr Eporwei Edike, the Controller in charge of the command, said this while disclosing the command’s revenue profile at a stakeholders' meeting with licensed agents.

 Edike said that the command's anti- smuggling operations led to the detention of 159 containers for various offences during the period in review.

 The Comptroller said that the owners of 153 containers had so far paid the prescribed penalties, while six of the detained containers were still in custody.

 On the export front, the Comptroller said that the command realised N220.3 billion.

 Edike who also used the forum to clarify that no task force had been sent to port, said “There is no task force at the port, and the CGC has ordered the arrest of anyone found guilty.

 "The officers are just on practical training to equip them for the good of the trading public, to minimise disputes.

 "These officers are only to examine containers and input what they see.

 "Releasing is not part of their mandate and they are not here to effect release of containers ," Edike said.

 On the issue of the faulty scanners used for examination of containers, Edike said the equipment were undergoing maintenance and that approval had been given for re-routing.