Customs at Tin Can Island, Port, Lagos, says it has generated about N151.021 billion as internally generated revenue from January to August this year, adding that the sum was more than that of last year with N11.617 in same period.
It also stated that the amount is the highest so far realised in the history of the command.
According to the Customs Area Controller, Tin-Can Island Port, Lagos, Comptroller Jibrin Zakari, about nine suspects were also arrested while attempting to smuggle into the country various prohibited items.
He said some of those arrested have been remanded in prison custody while others are presently facing criminal charges in various courts in Lagos.
Zakari said most of the prohibited items which consist of used tissue paper, tyres, furniture, soap, vegetable oil, soft drinks, generators, lace materials, television stands, automotive batteries, mosquito coil, used shoes, glass, television sets, whisky and used fridges and textile materials were imported from America, Germany, Asian countries, particularly from China.
He, however ,did not give the identities of the suspected smugglers arrested nor the names of the agencies they represented. But Customs sources told Weekly Trust that all those arrested are agents to the actual importers of the prohibited items.
Comptroller Zakari said in January the command recorded N16,343,958,630.00 as against N14,584,199,513.00 while in February it generated the sum of N16,273,205,622.00 as against N19,270,326,855.00 In March, the Command raked in the sum of N17,560,472,142.00 as against N19,003,749,243.00 while in April, it recorded the sum of N19,184,570,458.00 as against N15,212,117,479.00
"In May, we generated the sum of N19,904,250,113.00 as against N17,110,140,518.00 for the same month. While in June we realised about N17,637,678,159 as against N18,334,194,749 of the same month. In July and August we recorded about N20,433,467,818.00 and N23,682,655,278.00 as against N17,396,524,351.00 and N18,492,003,340.00 respectively" he said.