Tin Can Customs Intercepts Arms, Ammunition, Drugs, Collect N240.302bn Revenue

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By Innocent Orok

The Tin Can Island Customs Command has again halt a catch of arms and ammunition, including 12 pieces of rifles and six pistols.

Addressing journalists on Friday, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, Customs Area Controller of the Command reiterated that “the year 2024 is a year we have tagged with the theme

“The Year of the Stakeholders” which aligns with the theme for the International Customs Day “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose” . Also that this is in tandem with the fundamental pillars of the Comptroller General of Customs vision of Collaboration, Consolidation and Innovation.

Nnadi in giving the scorecard of the Command so far said
the they recorded a total revenue collection of N240,302,743,023.47 for the period of January 2024 till date. The revenue breakdown shows that N88,430,126,122.72 was collected in the month of January 2024, representing 7.89% higher than N42,536,336,038.11 collected in January 2023.

In the month of February 2024,the command collected N100,399,354,887.71 this again is 41.82% higher than the value collected in the same month in 2023 which was N41,518,738,649.09.

While in the first 13 days of March 2024 the command has so far recorded the sum of N42,473,262,013.00.

In Enforcement and anti-smuggling feats the command has not relented its efforts in any way. “Being the lead agency at the port, the Enforcement Unit has coordinated several 100% physical examination under my supervision in collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure that the command is freed of any form of noncompliance to international trade.”

In the process 12 pieces of rifles and six pistols were discovered. Other items seized also intercepted by the Command are:Two packets of 50pcs of 9mm live ammunition, totalling 100 rounds. Twenty-three packets weighing 23kg of substance confirmed to be heroine. Marked white 999– 10 packets of 1kg each=10kg.
Marked white 888– three packets of 1kg each =3kg.
Marked blue Saphire— Eight packets of 1kg each = 8kg and Marked 777 Bentley— two packets of 1kg each=2kg.

Other items also discovered are Flat screen Television sets,
HP printer, six cartons containing scanner machines,
five empty metal Jerry cans, two washing machines, three sets of bed frames, One set of living room furniture, three used micro wave and one used vacuum cleaner.

Others are table tennis, one sport bicycle, two wooden crates of light fittings, one wooden crate containing a motorized toy car, DSTV dish,
one used Samsung refrigerator, four sets of used sound systems, one used barbecue grill, two used toasters, three used blenders and sixteen bags containing used clothes and personal effects.

Comptroller Dera Nnadi also appreciated the support from the CG of Customs and Management and other stakeholders and agencies of for their supports.

” I sincerely wish to appreciate the continuous support of the CGC, Bashir Adeniyi MFR and his management team.Every support from the Service headquarters is significant in enhancing the Command’s operational activities and contributes largely to its achievements.

“I also want to use this medium to appreciate and commend the efforts of all officers in rank and file. Your dedication is highly impressive. The efforts of our CIU operatives, Customs Police, Enforcement Unit, amongst other units and other sister security agencies, are appreciated. The role of the gentlemen of the press is also appreciated”, Nnadi concludes.

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