HARDSHIP: Seme Customs to Auction 400 Sacks of Beans to Nigerians



The Seme border command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Tuesday, disclosed that it Intercepted 400 bags of beans worth N61.45 million on the verge of being illegally exported to neighboring Benin Republic.

Speaking to journalists at the Seme-Krake Joint Border Post, the Customs Area Controller, Seme border, Compt Timi Bomodi, however disclosed that the intercepted beans would be auctioned to the public as soon as the headquarters of the service gives the Command necessary approval.

Bomodi, further stated that the Customs Service Act 2023, do not allow Nigerians from exporting grains out of the country.

“We need to ensure that what is being produced locally stayed within the country before we export and new Customs act says grains can’t be moved out of the country and when it’s done there is a procedure. Which included NXP, CCI among others and when that is not done, any attempt to do it illegally will face the wrath of the law,” he added.

However, he said the Command was given a target of N7.875 billion to collect in the current year, which represents an increase of over 400 per cent in collections compared to the target of 2023.

“This also translates to a monthly collectible revenue of N656.258 million. In January 2024, the Command collected ₦643,038 million while in February, we collected ₦517,950 million, making a total of ₦1,160 billion.

“This is about 88 per cent of the total expected revenue. The shortfall in expected collections can be attributed to the total aggregate decline in imports occasioned by the high exchange rate,” he added.

On export, he said the Command has processed 184 export declarations for 43 items with a total weight of 65,185.96 MT and an FOB of N13.057 billion, adding that the total amount collected for NESS was N65.337 million, and N24.407 million as export surcharge for previously imported goods.

Speaking on anti-smuggling, he said between January and February 2024, the Command successfully made 168 interventions which resulted in the seizure of 2,193 bags of 50kg (3 trailer load equivalent) foreign parboiled rice, 81,930 liters (3 tankers equivalent), 9 vehicles, 1,425 General merchandise, 265 parcels of cannabis sativa and other narcotics, 149 pkg of codeine and 2 locally manufactured guns.
According to him, all with a combined Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦365,888 million.

He said a total of 13 suspects were arrested in connection with these seizures, six of them were granted administrative bail, three were handed over to NDLEA for further agency action, One was handed over to the Nigerian Police, while three suspects are still in our custody.

“At this point, it is important to highlight the importance of the Joint Security Meetings held regularly here at the Joint Border Post. These meetings provide valuable intelligence and opportunities to cross-fertilize ideas about Border management.

“We note that collaboration holds the key to success in border management that’s why we’ve insisted on information sharing among sister agencies,” he said.

In the same vein, he said the continuous surveillance of the border by the officers and men of the Command has resulted in the interceptions of 400x30liters of PMS equivalent of 12,000 liters with a DPV of ₦8,347,680 in the early hours of Saturday, March 2, 2024 along the creeks.

He said the PMS seized will be auctioned in line with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of sales of seized perishable items as directed by the Service.

“These seizures come on the heels of successes in anti-smuggling activities recorded in 2023, which saw 513 seizures of foreign parboiled rice, premium motor spirit, vehicles, General merchandise, drugs/narcotics, and vegetable oil. Others were $6,000 of fake currency, 15 fake international passports, 10 International Driver’s licenses, and 152 live birds and other endangered species. All with a Duty Paid Value of over N1.212 billion,” he explained.

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