Customs Service impounds 330kg of Pangolin scales in Adamawa/Taraba

...Makes 74 seizures, arrested 20 suspects in 2019

The Nigeria Customs Service, Adamawa/Taraba State Customs Command, has announced its seizure of smuggled items including 330kg of Pangolin scales, 33,000 litres of petroleum products and assorted foreign rice, with a duty paid value of N98.3 million.

 Customs Area Controller of the Command, Kamaludeem Olumoh, said that the command, though an enforcement area, surpassed its target for 2019.

Olumoh said the Command’s revenue performance was as a result of measures put in place to stimulate revenue generation.

 “The command, though an enforcement area generated a total revenue of N161.9 realising an increase of N13.2 million or 8.9 percent over the given target of N148.6 million.
“This achievement was made possible through the various measures put in place to stimulate revenue generation,” he said.

Olumoh disclosed that the Command held several sensitization meetings with stakeholders on import and export procedures, effective border community relations, which led to suppression of smuggling.

For the year in review, the Command said it made a total of 74 seizures and arrested 20 suspects.

Olumoh however noted that the achievements were recorded despite some daunting challenges including difficulty in surveillance of the vast international border, Boko Haram insurgency/communal clashes and non-adherence to import and export guidelines by traders despite sensitization by relevant agencies.

He noted that the enumerated challenges have to a great extent hindered the revenue generation drive of the command.

The Command, however, is zealous of its commitment to anti-smuggling operations and further stakeholder sensitization for greater results, Olumoh added.