Compt. Kunle Oloyede
* Records N41bn Seizures
By Frank Odinukaeze
The TIn Can Island Customs command on Friday, announced the generation of over N574 bn ,as revenue in 2022,and this represents 16.33 per cent increase when compared with the previous year’s collections.
Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede, Area Controller of the command revealed this,in a press briefing on the performance of his Command in 2022.
Controller Oloyede noted that despite the challenges of economic downturn,and other micro and macro economic indicators witnessed last year, which greatly affected global trade , and also customs operations ,the command was able to record higher revenue , and attributed the feat to the constant rejiging of the existing measures geared towards sustaining the Command’s revenue profile as well as utilization of some disruptive strategic measures.
His words,”It is expedient to call to your remembrance, my expressed vision of a renewed enthusiasm in the areas of discipline, professionalism, trade facilitation of import, export and transit trade and a revenue drive that was free from exploitation and intimidation”
He said the Tin can Island Command ended the year, January to December 2022 with modest achievements in the areas of revenue generation, trade facilitation, enforcement/anti-smuggling amongst others.
He stated that the modalities put in place by the command , guided in the identification of areas of revenue leakages, blocked same and leveraged on available facilities on the NICIS II Platform for enhanced Risk Management Processes(RMP) climaxing in accelerated Customs clearance processes, trade facilitation and ensured collection of appropriate duties and taxes.
According to the controller,”The Command collected N574,290,210,599.38 between January to December, 2022. This figure when compared to the N493,682,369,264.35 collected in 2021 indicated an increase of N80,607,841,335.03,”
He noted that some strategic measures adopted in 2022, such as periodic capacity building, reshuffling and redeployment of officers using the SWOT analysis, implementation of the VIN Valuation, Automation of the 546 procedure, re-introduction of the NIIT after deployment of a Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology Equipment to the Command, Proper Profiling, System Audit, Proper recheck or Examination and detailed but clearly inputted Inspection Acts all contributed the command’s success in the year under reveal .
He added that continuous Stakeholder Engagements and Collaboration with all Sister Governments Agencies was pivotal to the Command’s ability to unearth improper declarations as well as offending items as seizures, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N41,846,372,083.50.
A breakdown of the seizures are: 763pkgs of Colarado (Cannabis Sativa) weighing 345.1kg with a street market value of N714,600,000 given by the NDLEA, 5 x 40 Containers of used Motor Tyre (5050 pistes), 1,150 Bales of second hand clothings, 1,190 Cartons of 20per Cartons of Possuem Bromate and Baking Powder, 11,392 Cartons of 1200 per Carton Armcol Injection Chiproquine Phosphate 322.5mg/5ml (IV and IM), 206,000 pieces of finished matchets, 1383 cartons of 50 rolls per carton of cigarettes.
Others include ; 650 cartons of 50 pieces per carton of new ladies shoes, 2.666 pieces in 36 pallets of new Starter Ex-Premium Inverter Battery, 1980 cartons of Assorted Non-Alcoholic Beverages and 1048 Cartons of Tilde Basmatic Rice, others include 2594 pieces of Ammunition and 20 pieces of Arms comprising of 1 Pistol with 611090 (S/W) model JCP 40mm, 1 Used Co2 Air Pistol with accessories cal 117(4.5m)BM, 1 Marksman repeater pistol, & Mace pepper gun and 10 suspected arms of various types.
His words,”This seizure record when compared with the 2021 record of twenty-seven: (27) seizures with a DN of six hundred and seven million, two hundred and sixty-seven thousand, six hundred and seventeen naira (507,267,617.00) only. This shows an increase of eleven (11) seizures and one billion, two hundred and thirty-nine million, one hundred and four thousand, four hundred and sixty-six naira, fifty kobo only (1,239,104,466.50). The increase in DPV rate could be associated with increased surveillance and intensified anti-smuggling drive, high value of seized items and the Naira-Dollar depreciation which leads to high exchange rate on imported items”
He noted that These prohibited items were seized and forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria in line with the provision of sections 46 and 161 of the Customs & Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45 LFN 2004 and Absolute Prohibition List of CET 2022 2026.
“The Command pertinently acknowledges the prominent roles played by the Customs Intelligence Unit, Valuation Unit, FOU, CGC Strike Force as well as interventions of Sister Regulatory Agencies like the NDLEA, NAFDAC, DSS, SON, the Nigeria Police and others in ensuring these seizures and detentions were made
He noted that a total of 60 suspects were detained in 2022 and were granted administrative bail while the Command has 8 cases pending in court.
Comptroller Oloyede heaped praises on the Command’s officers for their diligence in 2022, and assured that in 2023 the Command will leverage on the measures it has put in place to enhance trade facilitation and a conducive , atmosphere for compliant trading public.
” Also conscientious efforts will be made on making the VIN Valuation, the Automated 846 Procedure as well as the deployment of the Non- Intrusive Inspection Technology (NIIT) platform work more effectively. This is in line with the projected digitalization of all Customs Processes and Procedures under the Customs Modernization Project” Comptroller Oloyede assured.