11 October 2017
By James Ojo
The Niger Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, on Tuesday revealed it impounded 3, 278 bags of rice and 55 vehicles from January to September.
This was as it added that it generated N1.9 billion over the same period.
Disclosing this while addressing newsmen in Minna, Niger State, Area Controller, Mr. Benjamin Binga, noted the goods were impounded with Duty Paid Value of N52.6 million and 51.6 million respectively during the period.
According to him, the command, made up of Niger, Kogi and Kwara states, will meet its 2017 revenue target of N2.8 billion by the end of the year.
Binga reiterated that customs personnel would continue to mount surveillance and adopt measures to make smuggling impossible in the area.
He said: “The command has deployed competent officers to manage all identified illegal routes used by smugglers to bring in unwholesome goods into the country.”
He went to solicit for the support of community leaders in the three states to assist customs field officers with vital information on the movement of smugglers.