No fewer than 21 suspected smugglers of contraband have been arrested by men of Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

About 83 containers of contraband were also intercepted from the suspects.

Controller of the command, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf on Friday said the command generated a sum of N522.4billion in the first half of the year.

‘’For the period under review, 21 suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizures made. We have been able to curb the smuggling of dangerous items resulting in the seizure of 83 containers with a Duty Paid Value of N 8.3 billion.

‘’Furthermore, a suspect has been arrested in the recent seizure of a 1x20ft container of tramadol and he is currently undergoing interrogation/investigation.

The controller said the command has a revenue target of 1.27trillion for the year 2022.

He added: ‘’In the period under review, the command has collected revenue to the tune of N522.4 billion. This shows a significant increase of N156 billion as against N366.5 billion collected in the corresponding months of the year 2021 representing  a 42.5 percent increase in revenue collection.’’

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