The Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday said it generated revenue worth N65.5bn into the federation account from Lagos ports in the month of April.
The Customs Area Controller in charge of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Mallanta, stated this during a media briefing at its headquarters in Lagos.
He said the Command also seized codeine syrup, tramadol tablet, unprocessed wood and scrap copper wire worth N1.8bn.
According to the CAC, “The 1,479 cartons of banned tramadol tablets and codeine syrup were intercepted at SIFAX and APM terminals, Apapa.”
He added that two containers of unprocessed wood and one container of scrap copper wire were also seized.
“The Command in the month of April, 2021 collected revenue in the sum of N65.5bn. This clearly showed an increase of N25.5bn when compared to revenue collected for the same month in 2020. This indicates a 64 per cent increase.
“This is an unprecedented record; it has never been achieved in the history of Apapa Area Command,” Mallanta noted.
On the interception of the banned codeine syrup and tramadol tablets, the CAC pointed out that it was the result of good intelligence.
“In line with the provision of extant laws, trade guidelines and enforcement of government fiscal policy measures, the Command was able to further strengthen its anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs through credible intelligence-driven operations.
“This led to the seizure of 4x40ft containers laden with unregistered pharmaceuticals (674 cartons of tramadol tablets in 225mg and 120mg, and 805 cartons of codeine syrup in 100ml) at APM terminals and Sifax 3 bonded terminal respectively. These importations contravene sections 46 & 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act, CAP C, 45 LFN 2004,” he said.
He added, “Other items seized in the period under review are two containers of unprocessed wood, one container of scrapped copper wire which is in breach of Schedule 6 (items 4 &6) of Customs Common External Tariff.”
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