The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized 843bags of rice which were being smuggled into the country through the Seme border. The bags of rice which were concealed in petrol tankers and other modes of conveyance had a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N5, 880,000.00.
Daily Independent gathered that the seizure was made possible through intelligent sharing of information among the seasoned officers of the Command.
The Command also sought the cooperation of all stakeholders and urged them to join hands in sensitising the youth to explore other means of livelihood than smuggling as they approach the last quarter of the year. Seme Command also seeks the collaboration of the mass media in enlightening the citizenry on the danger of smuggling to the economy.
The Command has made a giant stride in revenue collection, trade facilitation and suppression of smuggling. The Command also made seizures of illicit drugs twice in the month of August, 2015 which had been transferred to their sister agency, The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with two suspects, named Mr. Olayiwola Olawale and Mr. Saheed Ajadi respectively.
It called on the trading public to shun all antics of defrauding the Federal Government of revenue by concealment, smuggling, false declaration and undervaluation of dutiable goods and embrace the legitimate way of doing business across the international border.