The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Strike Force, Zone A, Lagos has disclosed that in 2022 it seized goods with a total duty paid value of nine billion, one hundred and twenty-two million, seven hundred and ten thousand, three hundred and fifty- naira (N9, 122,710,355).
In the same year, the Strike Force generated five billion, eight hundred and forty-three million, five hundred and twenty thousand, four hundred and seventy-seven naira (N5,843,520,477) through demand notices.
Comptroller Sani Yusuf, the Leader of the Force, gave this information while presenting the 2022 performance record of the Strike Force in Lagos.
Yusuf hinted that the 2022 revenue witnessed an increase of 55 per cent or N1, 928,966,233 when compared with what was generated in 2021.
The items seized by the Force were truck load of Cannabis with a duty paid value of five hundred and sixteen million, six hundred thousand naira (N516,600,000), 225mg of Tramadol, 100mg of Sildenafil Citrate, Codeine Cough syrup, used tyres and bales of secondhand clothing.
Others were bags of foreign parboiled rice, containers of timber, Pangolin scales, slabs of donkey skin and Cannabis Sativa, among others.
Yusuf further said that the single seizure of a truckload of Cannabis was made to discourage the business of smuggling because it is capable of destroying the national economy as well as affect living standard of Nigerians.
He said that the illicit business favours a few selfish ones who do not mean well for the country.
Applauding the effort of his team, he sounded a note of warning to all unpatriotic importers and their agents to desist. “We shall not only make seizures, but our ever-vigilant operatives will also get them arrested to face the full wrath of the law”, he stated.