From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said activities of illegal drone users is set to increase following the discovery of undocumented importation of the unmanned aerial vehicle into the country at an alarming rate.
The Murtala Mohammed Airport Command of the NCS revealed that it intercepted and detained 51 cartons of drones that were ferried into the country without end-user certificates.
The Command Area Controller, Shoboiki Jane disclosed in a statement yesterday that “This year, the command has intercepted and detained two packages of military camouflage uniform imported without end-user certificates. Also, 51 cartons of drones were intercepted and detained without end-user certificates.”
She also said that, the airport command generates the sum of N2.911bn in 10 days, a record she described as an exceptional revenue generation in the first 10 days of the year 2019.
The statement stated “The Murtala Mohammed Airport Command started the year (2019) with an unprecedented revenue collection of N2, 911, 374, 14 in the first 10 days of January.
“In 2018, the MMAC generated over N50bn. This figure surpassed that of the 2017 with N2, 57,144,789.50,” he stated.
Parts of the successes recorded by the command in its anti-smuggling activities included the interception and detention of smuggled military materials that were imported into the country.”