*20 suspects arrested in connection with cocaine seizure
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By Francis Ugwoke
The Tincan Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Friday announced a revenue generation of N112.6billion for the first quarter of the year.
The figure according to the Area Controller of the Command, MBA Musa, is about N21.05Billion or 23 percent more than the revenue figure for the same period last year which was N91billion.
Musa in a statement explained that the improvement was despite the twin threat to lives and livelihood posed by the Covid-19 Pandemic, adding that the Command has inspired officers to continue to work hard while observing all the safety measures to achieve the best of performance through the use of technology and collaboration.
He said, “ We kept our lines of communication open and concerted effort was made to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted”.
The Command said it recorded seizure of cocaine weighing 43.110kg concealed in raw bulk sugar and arrested 20 suspects in connection with the cargo.
He also said that the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO which was detained by the Command has been handed over with the case file and suspects to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.
On trade facilitation, he added that the Command has put measures in place with a view to ensuring that legitimate trades are given expeditious attention.
He also disclosed that the Dispute Resolution Committee and the Help Desk have been re-jigged with a mandate to attend very expeditiously to all trade related disputes.
The Controller equally added that the Command has reinvigorated the use of inter-modal transport system in terms of barges for cargo movement in line with gobal best practices.