Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Seme command, recorded not fewer than 48 seizures with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N68,787,608 in June 2015.
The command, according to the customs public relations officer, Afiz Ajao, also collected the sum of N845,251,565.85 as revenue, as the onslaught against smuggling intensified.
“This is a significant increase from the N729,578,916.61 the command collected in the same month of the previous year,” Ajao indicated, noting that seized items included bags of rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, vehicles, etc.
The Seme Command Customs Area Controller, CAC, Ndalati had assured that despite the increasing risk in the performance of the anti smuggling duty, the officers had remained focused and undaunted in the commitment; even as he recalled the sad incidence of last month in which an escaped smuggler came back, doused himself with petrol and set himself and an officer ablaze, for the effrontery of intercepting him.
“The officer is presently in the hospital, recovering after being severely burnt,” Ndalati explained further.
In the meantime, officers and men have continued the renewed war against smuggling of frozen poultry into Nigeria.
The war, which secured new teeth with the launching last Tuesday of operation ‘Hawk Descend’ by the Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi, has a mandate of crumbling within three months the thriving illegal business of smuggling frozen poultry from neighbouring countries into Nigeria.

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