The Seme Border Customs Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has noted that it is currently operating at 30% capacity because of dilapidated infrastructure and precarious practices.
Disclosing to members of the House Representative Committee on Customs, Customs Area Comptroller, CAC, of the command, Mr. Victor Dimka said that officers of the Command were living in squalor as lack of accommodation has dampened the morale of officers.
Dimka said that officers now live in the houses of smugglers, adding that this has made them to compromise on many fronts.
He explained that the absence of a baggage hall, power, and lack of interconnectivity between Nigeria and Benin Republic has made it impossible to have the true manifest of goods coming into Nigeria from Benin. Some of the challenges militating against command’s operation includes the improper implementation of the agreement arrived at on the handing over of transit goods and vehicles to Nigeria Customs by Benin Customs.
He told the Comptroller to put the challenges faced by the command in writing and forward same to the Committee for action. The Command has collected a total of N3.9 billion, a total 221 seizures and 22 suspects were recorded between January and May 2016