By Rabiu Sani-Ali
Pai-Umar said that N2.947 billion was generated in January, N2.562 billion in February and while N2.147 in March.
He said the figure represented a more than 100% increase in duty collection, compared to N3.898 billion recorded during the same period in 2020.
Pai-Umar said the service also made various foreclosures, with a duty-paid (DPA) value of N38.564 million during the reporting period.
He said the seizures were made through intelligence gathering at different times and locations in his command’s area of operations.
The NCS chief listed the seized goods as follows: 716 bags of rice, 90 bales of used clothing, 162 cartons of pasta, 85 cartons of macaroni, 240 cartons of soap and two cartons of milk.
He also said the service had arrested two suspects in connection with the seizures, adding that they would be charged in court as soon as the investigations were completed.
“It is very regrettable and disturbing that despite the awareness of the dire consequences of smuggling activities on economic growth and development, some citizens still perpetuate this criminal act for their selfish interests.
“NCS’s zero tolerance for smuggling is non-negotiable and the service will do everything in its power to combat it,” he said.
While commending the staff for their dedication to duty, Pai-Umar commended other security agencies and community leaders for their support of the service.
The comptroller also urged the media to educate people about the evils of smuggling and the need to promote legitimate trade in society. (NOPE)
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