This year has arguably been one of Nigeria Customs’ most profitable.

Although it seized fewer goods due to less imports, it still recorded greater value than seen in 2016.

The Public Relations Officer of the Service, Joseph Attah, told reporters in Abuja on Tuesday that the service seized 3,870 goods worth 11.2-billion-naira Duty Paid Value, DPV between January and November this year.

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This is against the 5,602 goods worth 10.2 billion Naira DPV seized during the same period in 2016.

Attah said that the cause of increase in 2017 DPV, compared to that of the less number of seizures in 2016, follows the seizure of more expensive cars and other bullet proof vehicles.

He said in 2016, several reforms were taken by the Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, adding that the success recorded in 2017 are fruits of those painstaking steps.

“Between January and November 2016, we recorded general seizure of 5, 602 and within that period, 335 persons were arrested in connection with the seizures while some of them were granted bail.

“Some have their cases pending, while some others are at advanced stages. In the same period of January to November this year, we recorded 3,870 seizures with 186 persons arrested in connection with the seizures,” Attah said.

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He added: “It is not only about statistics or about the number of seizures that were made but the type of items that were seized comes to play when determining the DPV.

“And this year, we recorded more of high profile seizures beyond the 2,671 pump action riffles that cannot be valued. These are highly prohibited items that cannot be sold or auctioned, so automatically, their value is not here.

“We have exotic cars, talking about bullet proof cars, vehicles that their values are more than 300 million naira.”

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