Lagos airport Customs generates N4.99bn in September, intercepts drones




The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has raked in the sum of N4.99 billion in the month of September.

This is just as the command in the period under review seized items with duty paid value (DPV) of ₦12.6 million. 

The items seized included drones of different makes, walkie-talkie radios, and military armoured vests, among others.

The figure exceeds the command’s monthly revenue target with ₦674 million and also surpasses the N3.97 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2018. 

The new Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Lena Oyama, who resumed on August 21, said the command was able to achieve the feat through the deployment of various strategies, which ensured increased compliance.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Ephraim Haruna, in a statement said it has removed bottlenecks by decentralizing the clearing process, resulting in trade facilitation.

He said the drones were seized because they were not accompanied with the mandatory end user certificates.