NO fewer than 187 containers of contraband pharmaceutical products and other goods have been intercepted by operatives of Apapa Area Customs Command.
The Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura disclosed this on Wednesday at Customs House, Apapa, Lagos, during a media briefing on the activities of the command between July and September, 2020.
‘’The command made a total seizure of 187 containers of pharmaceutical products and other general goods from July 1st to September 30th. These seized items include: 72 containers of pharmaceutical products, 24 containers of foreign parboiled rice and 23 containers of secondhand clothing and other sundry items.’’
He disclosed that the duty paid value of the seizure was N3. 6 billion.
Abba-Kura said the command also posted revenue of over N140 billion within the same period under review.
He said: ‘’In the third quarter of 2020 ( July-September), the Command collected revenue to the tune of N140,335,570,076.38) as customs duty and other charges.
‘’In comparison to the revenue collected same period in 2019 which stood at N110,254,181,295.37, this clearly shows a progressive difference of N30,081,388,781.01, depicting 27 per cent increase of collection for the period under review.
‘’The difference recorded was made possible as a result of resilience of officers in ensuring that importers and agents are made to do proper declarations, adhere strictly to import/export guidelines in tandem with extant laws.’’