Akin Akande, Abuja
The Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) on Wednesday disclosed that it was able to intercept a total of 45,571 scam letters containing suspected counterfeit financial instruments and others in the year 2012.
According to the Postmaster General of the Federation, Ibrahim Baba Mori, who disclosed this at a press briefing to mark this year’s world post day held at NIPOST headquarters, Abuja, the total monetary value of the interception was N13.74billion.
While attributing the feat to collaborative efforts of NIPOST and other security agencies such as the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) of Britain, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), he said NIPOST had similarly intercepted scam mails worth N9.27billion in 2011.
The Postmaster General who spoke through the Deputy Postmaster General (Contents), Mr. Yashin Isa Bitiyong, however, lamented the fact that the current security challenges in the North East Nigeria had affected the operation of NIPOST and its revenue generation.
He specifically said that the revenue inflow to NIPOST has dropped by 10 per cent in the last three years due to the security challenges.
His words: “Improvement in our mail collection and distribution system led to increase in the volume of mail traffic between 2002 and 2010.
“However, the security challenges which the country has been facing in the past three years have resulted in a sharp drop in volume. Last year, a total of 45,376,345 mail items were handled by NIPOST.
“Of the figure, 10,340,610 mail items were received from abroad and delivered in Nigeria while 2,400,933 items were dispatched abroad from Nigeria. Letters posted and delivered in the country amounted to 32,633,802.
“Between January and June 2013, NIPOST handled 19,688,220 mail items of which 5,428,448 were received from abroad while 1,607,946 were dispatched abroad. A total of 12,651,826, mail items were posted and delivered in Nigeria during the period,” he said.