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Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Adamawa Custom Boss warned smugglers to get a legitimate job as their days in the illegal trade were numbered
The Comptroller of the Nigerian Custom
Service (NSC), Adamawa and Taraba states command, Adetoye Francis, has warned
smugglers to look for legitimate jobs as their days in the illegal trade were
Adetoye made the remark, on Tuesday, during the review of
the commands performance for the months of January to July and the presentation
of seized petroleum products seized by his command to the Nigerian Security and
Civil Defense Corps, Yola.
According to him, “The narrative has changed and the graph of
revenue generation and the number of seizures made are pointedly looking upward
with a clear warning that smugglers should look for a legitimate job, get out
of the area or be exposed to the full wrath of the law. As they changed
strategy, we are already ahead of them and leakages are blocked promptly.”
He warned that the Adamawa and Taraba command would not relent
in its effort to stamp out the illicit activities of smuggling gangs in the
area, observing that stopping illegal importation of banned goods is a
responsibility the command has to shoulder in order to contribute its quota in
the promotion of made in Nigerian goods.
Adetoye also pointed out that despite the disturbing decimal of
insurgency, communal clash, flooding and it’s attendant toll on roads and
bridges in the north east, the command has been able to exceed its monthly
revenue for the months of May and June, 2017 by over 30 per cent.
He maintained that the Customs under encouragement and dynamic
leadership of Col. Hameed Ali has been able to generate revenue of over N111.7
million and made twenty two seizures with a Duty Paid Value amounting to about
N42.7 million within the period under review. During
the event the comptroller handed over 400 jerrycans of 25 litres of petroleum
products to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps and a carton of
seized banned drugs to NAFDAC.