The Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone A, Nigeria Customs Service, Aminu Dahiru, has completed a tour of all formations under him with a charge to the officers and men to redouble their efforts in revenue collection, anti smuggling operations, trade facilitation and self development.
Dahiru, an Assistant Controller General of Customs, said his zone comprising all Customs formations in the South-West would intensify the fight against smuggling and import duty evasion of any kind, adding that there would be no hiding place for evaders of duty and smugglers.
He urged all personnel of the command to evoke the powers of Section 147 of the Customs and Excise Management Act to enter anywhere suspected of being used to warehouse smuggled goods and Section 157 of the same Act to patrol anywhere in the country.
He said, “We are aware that commercial activities at the ports and borders increase during the end of the year. Be vigilant not only to make seizures but also to arrest those behind the crime. We don’t have enough Customs offenders in jail. This is one area we must improve on.”
On revenue generation, Dahiru said that the Zone A, accounting for over 70 per cent of the 2017 revenue target of N770bn was strategic to the overall goal of the NCS.
He said that as of the first week of December 2017, the service had already surpassed this target by over N10bn.
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