Nigeria Customs Service, NCS Federal Operations Unit, FOU, zone C Owerri on Wednesday, January 6, disclosed that the unit made a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N2.7 billion in 2015 up from the N1.8 billion generated the preceding year.
The Area Controller in charge of the unit, Victor David Dimka, who disclosed this to reporters in his office, said that the collections represented a geometrical progression of what the unit made in 2014 adding that it would hopefully go higher in 2016 because the officers of the unit are ever ready to work.
With over N72 million recorded as revenue in 2014, Dimka said that N130,144,132 million was made in 2015.
Dimka who took stock of the performance of the unit last year in comparison with that of the preceding year 2014, said that while 466 seizures were made in 2015, 363 was made in 2014, adding that a total of four suspects were convicted in 2014 and one in 2015.
He said that the unit arrested a total 316 suspects in the year 2015 in connection with the smuggling of various contraband goods into the country.
According to the Area Controller, the figure was recorded in contrast to that recorded in 2014 which stood at 104.