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Customs generates N9bn from Kaduna zone in Q1

Again, Customs seize 13 containers of Tramadol, others with duty value of N3bn
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The Nigerian Customs Service, Zone B, says it generated over N9billion between January and April 2018.

Mr Udo Emmanuel, An assistant Comptroller General, and the zonal coordinator made this known in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Kaduna,

He said, “We generated over N2.5 billion in January, over N2.2 in February and it then rose to over N2.3 billion in March and dropped to over N2.2 billion in April,”

According to Mr Udo, lack of serious economic activities in the zone and the introduction of automated revenue platform by the custom service has caused inconsistency in the revenue generation of the zone.

He explained that the platform will be upgraded yearly to avoid back doors used by agents to defraud government in revenue collection, and that with the support of the government the customs service will reduce smuggling in Nigeria.

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“The reason for revenue drop in April particularly in Kaduna and Kano dry ports is because Customs introduced NISES 2, which is an automated system of collecting and computing revenue which is usually enhanced yearly”,

He further stated that the Zone ‘B’ of the customs service covers 11 states comprising Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Kogi, Kwara and the FCT, that the total amount of the duty paid value of the seizures made in the first quarter of the year standing at over N773 million

“In January, the Zone had 103 seizures with 10 suspects and a duty paid value of over N157 million, in the month of February we had 175 seizures with 11 suspects and a duty paid value of over N313 million while in March, we had 160 seizures with 12 suspects and a duty paid value of over N164 million and lastly in April, we had 90 seizures with five suspects arrested and duty value of about N95 million”, he said.

 

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