The Strike Force Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that it recovered debit notes worth N1bn on importers and smuggled items in the first of the ear 2021.
Deputy Comptroller Ahmadu Shuaibu who leads the Force disclosed this during the week while interacting with the media on the activities of the Force in Lagos.
Shuaibu said the nation would have lost the huge amount to smugglers, fraudulent importers and clearing agents who under-declared their cargoes at the seaports.
He noted that smugglers now use cattle, camels, vehicle fuel compartments, used tyres and booths to smuggle rice and other dangerous goods into the country.
He said, “the Comptroller General, Strike Force Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service, generated N1.03bn from debit notes on major and minor infractions on cargoes that exited the seaport the Tin-Can Island and Apapa ports.”
“The essence of the Strike Force and raising of alerts on consignments is to raise debit notes. Also, importers and agents, we recovered these huge debit notes from won’t appreciate us for what we have done rather they will castigate us.
“Smugglers now endanger lives of Nigerians by smuggling cargoes through the use of car booths, fuel compartment, tyres, vehicle engines.”
He however charged importers who involved in the false declaration of cargoes and under-declaration to uphold true declaration.