The Adamawa/Taraba Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has distributed a total of 3,131 bags of rice as relief material to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in 2018 in Adamawa State.
The Area Comptroller, Mr Kamardeen Olumoh, at a press conference said the bags of rice were intercepted from smugglers in the state and were distributed as directed by the federal government.
According to him, a truckload of 150 bags of foreign rice was intercepted on a tip off at Mayo-Belwa, where the driver fled and abandoned the vehicle on Monday after he was given a hot chase.
He said the sum of N168, 294,227.83 was realised from January to December 2018 as against N168, 113,181.28 generated in 2017. He, however, noted that the amount fell short of the revenue target of N197, 301,635.98 for the year in review.
Olumoh noted that the amount presents a shortfall of N29, 007,408.16 representing 14.7 per cent.
“The command was able to make 61 seizures, which were mainly foreign rice totalling 1,740 bags, used vehicles, second hand clothing, 21,270 litres of petroleum products all with duty paid value of N59, 781,006.81,” he said.
He noted that three suspects have been arrested and are being tried in relation to smuggling offences and mentioned that the Dangote truck carrying 150 bags of foreign rice was intercepted on the last day of 2018.
He noted that the driver of the truck escaped arrest adding that being a responsible corporate entity, he expressed optimism that the group would help in the identification and arrest of the driver.
The comptroller added that despite the challenges being encountered, the command is poised to improve performance in 2019, noting that they have identified some of the loopholes militating against their optimal performance and are poised to block them.