The Area Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Border, Mohammed Aliyu, has warned that Seme is no longer a haven for illicit activities and trans-border crimes.
He said any attempt by people to flout the laws would be met with stiff response and penalties from the officers and men of the command’s anti-smuggling unit.
A statement from the Public Relations Officer, NCS Seme Border, Mr. Taupyen Selchang, indicated that Aliyu gave this warning while inspecting the seizures made by the command in March.
Aliyu was quoted to have said that the new intelligent-driven operational strategies adopted by the command were yielding results and cases of non-compliance had reduced to the barest minimum.
The statement noted that the command’s enforcement unit intercepted N6m worth of contraband between February and March.
According to Aliyu, the anti-smuggling strategies adopted by the command have also enhanced legitimate trade along the Lagos –Abidjan corridor without compromising national security.
He disclosed that the command generated N1.07bn in the first two months of 2018, representing 80 per cent of its target of N1.35bn.
Aliyu also admonished officers of the command to key into the reform agenda of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), warning that non-compliance with approved procedures and guidelines would attract severe disciplinary actions.
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