The Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command in Lagos in its renewed operational capabilities has recorded notable seizures with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N48, 854,688 between the month of January to June, 2018 .
When compared with the previous year 2017, which seizures was valued within the same period at N27, 323,635.04; indicating an increase DPV of N21, 530,833.24.
The seized items includes Foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, Vegetable oil and Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). Others include St. Louis sugar and Second hand clothing.
According to the Press Statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Tangwa, he stated that the Command Area Controller, Comptroller Sarkin Kebbi, M.M attributed the successes recorded in the first half of 2018 so far to new strategies implored by the Command, which are yielding desired goals.
Comptroller Kebbi while reiterating the stance of the Command on anti smuggling activities along the waterways maintains that the Command will not go back on its responsibilities of checkmating smuggling activities on the waterways of the western region of the Country and ensuring that smuggling activities are nipped in the bud.
He commended that the feat achieved so far was not without daunting challenges in the area of logistics.
“We will not sit and say we don’t have working tools, I will use what is on ground and do the needful”he said.
The command helmsman reaffirms his commitment in fighting smuggling to a standstill with the creation of “Operation Total Blockade”, with “CAC HQ Surveillance Team” and “CAC HQ Anti-smuggling squad” operating on a 24hrs routine within the Command’s area of jurisdiction.
Noting that the Command major concern is suppressing illicit activities on the waterways, he advised those still involve in the illegal business of smuggling to abandon or continue to face the crackdown by his Officers and Men on the Waterways and Creeks.
Concerning the Sea-Going Vessels at Marina, Lagos, he assured that plans are in high gear for the complete handing over to Customs. He thanked the CGC and his Management team for working round the clock to see that these sea-going vessels are handed over to Customs and commissioned for use.
He however did not fail to appreciate the media for their firm support to the Command by reporting objectively on its activities.
Sarkin Kebbi called on the general public to assist the Command with inputs that will help in fighting these economic saboteurs who have resolved to attacking innocent Customs Officers all over the Country who are discharging their lawful duties, saying the recent pictures of gruesome attacks and inflicting Customs Officers with life threatening wounds is a call for concern.