Officials of the Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said goods worth N788.19 million duty paid value were seized in 2020.
Addressing media men, the Customs Area Controller, Seme Area Command, Bello Mohammed Jibo said the command recorded a total of 1,294 seizures in the year 2020.
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He said 15 persons were also arrested for their alleged involvement in the different seizures. According to the breakdown, the seized items include 7,667 bags of foreign parboiled rice ( 50kg each), three bags of sugar (50kg each), 1, 080, 875 litres of premium motor spirit, 127 units of smuggled vehicles, 1,514 cartons of frozen poultry products, 646 hard drugs packets, 166 parcels of cannabis Sativa and 31, 868 general merchandise goods.
The Seme Customs boss further disclosed that since the pronouncement of the federal government policy on partial border closure, the Command major revenue sources have not been active; hence the auction sales of seized petrol and other perishable items.
“The Command remitted the sum of N32,196,232.55 into the federation account as revenue for the fiscal of 2020.”