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Customs Airport Command hands over seized $50 million USD to EFCC

…Declares N29 bn revenue collected in six

Murtala Mohammed Airport Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Friday
announced the seizure and handing over of 50 million United States Dollars to
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), as witnessed by the operatives
of the Department of State Services in Lagos. 

Spokesman of
the Command, JH Ephraim, who made this known in a statement, said the money
which arrived as a consignment of 36 packages belonging to a corporate
organisation lacked proper documentation.

statement also disclosed that the Federal Government Currency Policy requires
any persons travelling out of the country with amount of money more than 10,000
US Dollar (or the equivalent in another currency) to declare on Customs
Currency Declaration Form (CDF).

In that
regard, the command recorded a total of 6,035 declarants of various currencies
from January to June 2019.

The Command,
which is overseen by JT Shoboiki(Mrs),  also announced its revenue collected in the last
six months as N29.1 billion, as against the N22.7 billion collected in the
corresponding period of 2018.

On its
anti-smuggling operations, the MMA Command said it made an unprecedented number
of seizures and detentions of various items with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦382,220,062.00
for the period in review.

Among the
seized items are 1002 PCS of Air-Force Berets, 289 PKGS of different makes of Drones, 272 PCS of two way
Walkie-Talkie Radios, 152 PKGS of Camouflage Inner Vest, Combat Shorts, and
Camouflage Polo Shirt (No End User Certificate), 150 PKGS of Camouflage Peak

seized items include 100 PCS of Trackers
, 79 Pairs of Camouflage Footwear, (59)
Cartons of Tramadol (handed over to NAFDAC),
43 Bags of Donkey’s skin, (43) PKGS
of Desert Camouflage Combat shorts,
27 PKGS of Complete set of Camouflage
Uniforms, Safety Belts and rope,
7 PGKS of Pangolin Scales.

The seized
hard drugs are Cocaine imported from Pakistan, concealed in two cartons and
declared as household items in NAHCO Shed (handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA), and
American Cannabis concealed in baby doll (handed over to NDLEA).

During the
second quarter of the year, Comptroller Shoboiki gave recognition awards to 12
selected officers for their
performances on duty and for revenue generation.

At a
stakeholders meeting, Shoboiki advised customs brokers, Airline Operators and
Importers to always make truthful declaration in their documentation for
clearance purposes, while she warned the Brokers against subletting jobs to
touts, who end up perpetrating fraudulent acts.

Command warned that Brokers found wanting in dealings with touts would be
prosecuted and blacklisted to serve as deterrent to others.  

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