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Customs seize 400 bags of beans destined for illegal export

by Akeem Adeyemi
Customs seize 400 bags of beans destined for illegal export

The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command, has intercepted 400 bags of beans valued at N61.4 million, intended for illegal exportation.

Timi Bomodi, the Customs Area Controller overseeing the command, disclosed this during a press briefing at the command’s premises.

According to Bomodi, the bags of beans were discovered stockpiled in a warehouse situated along one of the exit corridors at the border.

He emphasized the significance of preventing the illegal exportation of grains, especially in light of the current economic challenges facing the nation, such as food shortages reported across the country.

The seizure aligns with the directive from President Bola Tinubu to intensify efforts against individuals hoarding food items.

This directive was issued during a meeting with state governors in Abuja, addressing the ongoing food crisis exacerbated by transportation cost hikes and security challenges faced by farmers.

Bomodi confirmed that the intercepted items have been securely stored in a government warehouse pending further action, which may include an eventual public sale.

Regarding revenue targets, Bomodi stated that the command was tasked with achieving N7.87 billion in 2024, representing a significant increase from previous years.

He highlighted the command’s revenue collection performance, indicating that it had already collected N1.160 billion between January and February 2024, representing approximately 88 percent of the annual target.

In addition to the interception of the 400 bags of beans, the command successfully seized various contraband items, including petroleum motor spirit, vehicles, general merchandise, narcotics, and locally manufactured guns, among others.

These seizures amounted to a total duty-paid value of N365.8 million.

Bomodi underscored the command’s commitment to border surveillance, which led to the interception of 400 jerry cans of petroleum motor spirit (PMS) on a recent Saturday.

He assured that the seized PMS, valued at N8.3 million, would be auctioned following established procedures.

The Customs Area Controller attributed the command’s success in anti-smuggling operations to collaborative efforts and intelligence sharing among sister agencies.

He emphasized the importance of continued vigilance and risk management to counter illicit activities along the border.

In conclusion, Bomodi reiterated the command’s dedication to upholding border security and facilitating legitimate trade, while remaining vigilant against attempts to circumvent established regulations.

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