The Nigeria Customs Service, Muritala Muhammed Airport Command has disclosed that it generated N74.28 billion in revenue between January and October.
Speaking with journalists at the command on Wednesday, the Customs Area Controller in charge of the command, Muhammed Yusuf, said there was a 23 per cent increase in the revenue when compared to N60.1 billion the commend made within the same period of 2022.
According to him, during the period under review, the command intercepted N3.1 billion worth of tramadol through Nigeria from Pakistan and India.
“When compared to N60.1 million collected in 2022, it shows a progressive difference of N14.23 billion representing a 23 per cent increase in revenue,” he said.
Yusuf further disclosed that with the figure, the command had so far met 76.3 per cent of its annual target.
“This was made possible as a result of the resilience of officers in ensuring that agents were made to do proper declarations and to adhere strictly to import/export guidelines in tandem with extant laws,” Yusuf stated.
The MMA Customs boss explained that the shipment of the unregistered pharmaceutical products suspected to be tramadol was intercepted on the suspicion of exceeding the approved threshold by the Federal Government.
“In the area of anti-smuggling activities, the command has intercepted unregistered pharmaceutical products suspected to be Tramadol tablets. The shipment was intercepted on the suspicion of exceeding the approved threshold by the Federal Government. The cumulative duty paid value of the items mentioned above stood at N3.1 billion,” he added.