The Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command, Othman Salleh has said that the command has collected a total of N6.5 billion out of the N8.4 billion target, set for the command for 2012.
He said: “We have made 317 seizures with a duty paid value of N142, 29 million between January and October 2012.
“Five out of the 22 suspects arrested have been convicted, while other cases are at various stages of investigation and prosecution.
“The hard drug related cases have been transferred to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the spirit of inter-agency collaboration.”
The Comptroller said the command arrested a couple with 30 compressed blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis.
“The suspects, exhibits and KIA Sephia car have since been handed over to the NDLEA,” Mr Salleh said.
The Area Comptroller noted that the agency’s scanner and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have maximally assisted the command, adding that it has facilitated clearance of goods within Seme border.