The Nigeria Customs Service has shore up its daily revenue generation from 4.5 billion naira to between 5 and 7 billion naira since the partial closure of the Nigeria’s land border in August, last year.
Similarly, the Customs has also recorded a total number of 124 seizures with total Duty Paid Value of 568,763,000 million naira since the closure of national land border.
The Coordinator Joint Border Operations in charge of North Central Zone, Ilorin Sector 3, Comptroller Muhammed Uba Garba, who made these assertions in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen, said the feat was recorded through the eagle eyes of the joint border operators and superior intelligence sharing of the operatives in Kwara, Kogi, Benue and Niger.
Garba said the seizures include ten thousand and one foreign parboil rice of fifty kilograms, fifty two different types of used vehicles, trucks, trailers and other vehicles used for conveying contraband goods, five hundred and sixty one drums of petroleum, one thousand, six hundred and seventy thousand tablets of tramadol and two packs of Rebozel drugs.
Other seized items according to him include, eleven motorcycles used to convey contraband smuggled goods, sixty eight tins of Jago condensed milk, eighty five kegs of vegetable oil of twenty five litres each, and nineteen bales of second hand clothing and shoes among others.
The Coordinator who said the team comprises all the security agencies in the country, said during the period under review, two hundred and four illegal migrants were repatriated.
Garba said the Federal government partially closed all land borders for the betterment of the nation’s economy, security of citizens and for the neighboring countries to abide by the ECOWAS protocols.
He added that Benin Republic has violated ECOWAS pacts signed by fifteen head of states in 1975, turning Nigeria to a dumping ground for all sort of illegal items.
He said: ” we want to re-echo this for the umpteenth time that border closure is not targeted at anyone, individual, group of persons or any community but for the protection of the nation’s economy.
“We want to use this medium to reiterate that the present Customs administration has zero tolerance for corruption and revenue leakages in all ramifications and we at the Sector 3 are committed to enforcing same.”
He explained that over three thousand communities, one hundred and five local governments and twenty one states of Nigeria shared borders with the French speaking countries of Benin Republic, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, making border policing difficult.
Garba further disclosed that aiding the closure of land borders had improved security by reducing banditry, kidnapping, smuggling, illegal migrants, adding that it would increase agricultural produce and the country’s revenue base.