umarAreas covered by the Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have witnessed a sharp decline in smuggling activities.

This was reported by the Controller, Yusuf Umar, on Tuesday. He fingered the proactive measures put in place and carried out by the officers as the main reason for this downturn in the criminal act.

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According to him, the 2015 figures and the 2016 figures show significant disparities and there were fewer seizures in 2016.

He said: “20 seizures were made from January 2016 to December 4,  2016 with N3, 358,835,450.00 as value N24, 370,792.00 as duty with N3,383,206,242.00 as duty paid value.

“It should be noted that in spite of fewer seizures in 2016, the command recorded astonishing duty paid value of N3,383,206,242.00.”

This is lower compared to duty paid value of N78,564,732.00 in 2015 with 41 seizures.

According to the statement, this represents 495 per cent increase over 2015 recorded seizures.  It is a good development as the command will embark on campaigns to further discourage smuggling.