Nigeria Customs Service Generates ₦1.5trn In 2020

Man Killed As Customs Officials Raid Ogun Community
A file photo of Customs operatives.

 

The Nigeria Customs Service has generated the sum of ₦1,562,115,419,216 for the year 2020.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, said the generated revenue was over the target of ₦1,380,765,353,462 and over the sum of ₦1,342,006,918,504 generated in 2019 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the statement, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, attributed the feat to what he described as a result of the resolute pursuit of what was right and the willingness to adapt to changes brought about by global health challenges occasioned by COVID-19.

The NCS spokesman said the agency’s revenue generation profile had continued to be on the rise annually based on the ongoing reforms in the service.

He noted that the partial border closure which forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports raised revenue collection from ports.

“Before the commencement of the border drill on August 20, 2019, revenue generation was between N4bn to N5bn but now NCS generates between N5bn to N9bn daily,” the statement partly read.

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“Diplomatic engagements that took place during the partial land border closure yielded many positive results, including the commitment to comply with the ECOWAS protocol on transit operationalisation of joint border patrols at both sides of the border.”

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PRESS STATEMENT

Nigeria Customs Service generated the sum of N1,562,115,419,216.32 for the year 2020. Amount generated is over the target of N1,380,765,353,462.00 over the sum of N1,342,006,918,504.55 generated in 2019 despite the covid-19 pandemic.

Commenting on this feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) described it as a result of the resolute pursuit of what is right and willingness to adapt to changes brought about by global health challenges occasioned by covid-19.

The service revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise annually as the ongoing reforms in the Service insist on:

Strategic deployment of officers strictly using the standard operating procedure.

Strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department.

Automation of the Customs process thereby eliminating vices associated with the manual process.

Robust stakeholder sensitization resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance.

Increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above selves.

The partial border closure which has forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports raised revenue collection from ports.

Before the commencement of the border drill on 20th August 2019, revenue generation was between N4 billion to N5 billion but now NCS generate between N5 billion to N9 billion daily.

Diplomatic engagements that took place during the partial land border closure yielded many positive results, including a commitment to comply with the ECOWAS Protocol on Transit. Operationalization of joint border patrols at both sides of the border.

The teams are required to share intelligence and ensure prevention of transit of prohibited goods into the neighbour’s territory. Accordingly Service wishes to express its readiness to strictly implement the outcome of the diplomatic engagements as the land borders open for movement of cargoes.

Intelligence gathered during the period and the introduction of the e-Customs whose components include installation of scanners at all entry points will enhance border security and boost national trade facilitation.

Already Ministry of Finance has purchased three (3) new Scanners. Interestingly, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has also expressed commitment to purchasing four (4) Scanners and establish the control center for monitoring all scanning sites in their bid to boost the national economy, especially the agricultural sector. This means that within the next six (6) months, NCS will have about seven (7) functional Scanners to be mounted at strategic entry points even before the full deployment of e-Customs components which will see to the deployment of 135 modern Scanners.

NCS appreciates and commends the leadership of CBN for this strategic intervention in the interest of the nation.

In the same vein, the Service efforts to prevent the entry of items that could compromise the Security of our citizens, Economy and the well-being of our people resulted in the seizures of 4,304 assorted items with a duty paid value of N28,287,285,847.52.

These seizures include arms, ammunition, illicit drugs, used clothing, vegetable oil, frozen poultry and foreign rice among others that have grave consequences on the economic security and well-being of Nigerians.

While we give assurances of total commitment to the course of protecting national security and economy, we call on Nigerians, especially the business community to support the NCS as our borders open to African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in order to benefit from the trade agreement and other cross border activities.

Signed:

DC, Joseph Attah

Public Relations Officer

VIDEO: Customs Seize 73 Locally Made Guns, 891 Cartridges In Kebbi


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a truck conveying 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges in Kebbi State.

NCS Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday said the feat was recorded by operatives of the Federal Operation Unit, Zone B.

He explained that the operatives were on information patrol along Yauri in the Zamare waterside area of Kebbi when they intercepted a truck loaded with locally produced rice with some sacks concealed under the rice.

A combination of photos released by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on December 14, 2020, shows arms and ammunition seized in Kebbi State.

 

“Upon careful examination, the bags were found to contain 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges,” Attah noted.

According to him, three persons were immediately arrested and detained by the operatives while a preliminary investigation is ongoing.

A photo released by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on December 14, 2020, shows two of the three suspects arrested in Kebbi State.

 

In his reaction, the Controller of FOU, Zone B, Hamisu Albashir, described the feat as a signal to all those who may be planning to smuggle harmful items into the country through the zone.

He called on the people, especially those living in border communities to provide credible information for effective border security.

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Customs Officer Missing After Attack On Patrol Team In Ogun

Man Killed As Customs Officials Raid Ogun Community
A file photo of Customs operatives.

 

The Ogun 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has declared one of its drivers missing after an attack during a routine mobile patrol along Olorunlere village, in Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state, after some vehicles allegedly conveying banned imported rice were intercepted.

In a press statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Hammed Bukoye Oloyede, the driver, Taiwo Odeyemi was missing and has not been found while investigations have been launched to ascertain his whereabouts.

“On Thursday, 3rd of December, 2020 at about 12:10 hours, a team of Officers and Men of Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun I Command while on routine mobile patrol along with Olorunlere village, near Alapoti, Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State intercepted some vehicles loaded with bags of foreign parboiled rice,” he said.

According to him, the suspected smugglers sensing their loss on sighting the patrol team attempted to evade arrest and eventually started shooting sporadically at the Officers which resulted in a serious exchange of fire between the two sides.

“Consequently, the patrol team called for reinforcement. However, before the intervention from other units, they were overwhelmed due to the numeric strength of the smugglers/hoodlums. In the ensuing commotion, the team tactically withdrew to enable the arrival of the reinforcements teams”

“On the arrival of the military personnel and other units of Customs including Federal Operations Unit (FOU) as requested by the CAC, the hoodlums had already vandalised one of the official vehicles attached to the team. It was later discovered that an official driver, CA I (T) Taiwo J Odeyemi was missing and has not been found as at the time of writing this report.”

The Public Relations Officer said the investigation is ongoing and effort is being made along with other security agencies and other critical stakeholders to locate the whereabouts of the missing officer and rescue him alive.

Meanwhile, the Customs Area Commander, Peter Kolo has strongly warned smugglers and their supporters that the incessant attacks leave Officers with no other choice than to use appropriate force to deal with this new wave of criminal attacks on personnel performing their statutory functions.

He said that the Command will not be deterred by this and will step up its offensive against those whose interests are to make profits at the expense of the Nation.

The Customs boss has also vowed to ensure that those behind this attack face the full wrath of the law and justice.

Customs Seize N139m Worth Of Rice, Petrol, Other Contrabands

NCS Deputy Comptroller-General and Coordinator of Zone ‘B’ Strike Force Team, Olorukoba Aliyu, with other customs officers at the Katsina State Command of the service on November 24, 2020.

 

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has seized contrabands with a duty paid value of over N139 million in about six weeks.

NCS Deputy Comptroller-General and Coordinator of Zone ‘B’ Strike Force Team, Olorukoba Aliyu, disclosed this to reporters on Tuesday at a press briefing held at the Katsina State Command of the service.

He noted that the items impounded between October 11 and November 20 include bags of foreign parboiled rice, vehicles, sacks of fairly used clothes, and kegs of vegetable oil, parcels of Cannabis Sativa, and kegs of petrol among others.

Aliyu decried the effect of the activities of smugglers on the nation’s economy, saying smuggling has deprived many youths of the opportunity to be gainfully employed.

According to him, bringing fairly used clothes into the country will not only affect operations of the local textile industries but the entire country’s revenue generation.

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NCS Deputy Comptroller-General and Coordinator of Zone ‘B’ Strike Force Team, Olorukoba Aliyu, parades some seized items at the Katsina State Command of the service on November 24, 2020.

 

The customs officer stated that the increase in the rate of banditry and related crimes in the country has a connection with smuggling where youths take hard drugs to enhance their performance in all manners of disrespect, thereby turning them against their parents.

He, however, called on the people to cooperate with the service to nib in the bud the activities of smugglers in various parts of the country.

Leaked Customs’ Memo: Defence Headquarters Assures Nigerians Of Safety

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche.

 

 

The Defence Headquarters has assured Nigerians particularly residents of the FCT, Kogi and Nasarawa State of safety.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said the Armed Forces and other security agencies have been on red alert to combat the nation’s security challenges.

Enenche said pre-emptive intelligence is ongoing, adding that the military is collaborating with other security agencies.

While asking the citizens to go about their lawful businesses undeterred, the defence spokesman vowed that ongoing operations across the country aimed at fight criminal elements will continue normalcy is restored.

He, however, asked Nigerians to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the security agencies.

Enenche’s remarks come a day after a memo from the Nigeria Customs Service on the infiltration of Boko Haram terrorists.

In the leaked memo purportedly issued by the Comptroller, Enforcement Headquarters, H.A. Sabo, in Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, customs said it had information that terrorists were in Abuja.

The NCS also stated in the notice sighted on Saturday and dated August 20, 2020, that reports had it that the terrorists were planning to attack some selected targets within the territory.

It added that the terrorists had reportedly set up their camps in Kunyan Bush along airport road, off DIA Staff Quarters, Abuja.

But when contacted to confirm the notice, the NCS spokesperson, Joseph Attah, said he was not sure of the source of the information, although the matter was being investigated.

WTO, AfCTA Will Affect Nigeria’s Revenues – Customs CG

A file photo of Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ali.
A file photo of Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ali.

 

Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, on Thursday, said the World Trade Organisation (WTO) treaty and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement recently signed by Nigeria will adversely affect the country’s revenue generation drive in the coming years.

Mr. Ali made the remarks during the continuation of an interactive session organized by the Senate joint committees in finance and national planning on the 2021-2023 MTEF/FSP.

He stressed that the two agreements will allow goods to come into Nigeria at zero tariffs.

However, he said despite this situation, the Customs Service has generated N837 billion as of July.

He added that the Service is projecting total revenue of N1.465 trillion for 2021, N1.704 trillion for 2022, and N1.758 trillion for 2023.

During the Senate session, the Comptroller General also said he is not in support of a policy arrangement which makes it possible for Coca-Cola to continue to produce in Nigeria without paying anything to the Nigerian government.

Reacting, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan said the agreement with Coca Cola is a misnomer as Coca Cola is an international brand and a dominant player in the beverage industry.

Customs Generated N837bn From January To July – Comptroller General

A file photo of Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ali.
A file photo of Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ali.

 

The Nigeria Customs Service generated N837 billion between January and July 2020, according to its Comptroller General, Hameed Ali.

Mr. Ali gave the information during the continuation of an interactive session organized by the Senate joint committees in finance and national planning on the 2021-2023 MTEF/FSP.

He added that the Service is projecting total revenue of N1.465 trillion for 2021, N1.704 trillion for 2022, and N1.758 trillion for 2023.

During the Senate session, the Comptroller General warned that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement and the Africa Free Trade Agreement recently signed by Nigeria will adversely affect Nigeria’s revenue generation drive in the coming years.

He said the two agreements will allow goods to come into Nigeria at zero tariffs.

The Customs boss said he is not in support of a policy arrangement which makes it possible for Coca-Cola to continue to produce in Nigeria without paying anything to the Nigerian government.

Reacting, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan said the agreement with Coca Cola is a misnomer as Coca Cola is an international brand and a dominant player in the beverage industry.

Nigeria Customs Appoint Five ACGs, Promote 2,634 Officers

Nigeria-Customs-Service-headquater-in-Abuja
File photo of Nigeria Customs Service office in Abuja.

 

The Nigeria Customs Service has approved the appointment of five Assistant Comptrollers General of Customs, promotion of 2, 634 officers, dismissed one ACG and compulsory retirement of another ACG.

The decision was taken during the 52nd regular meeting of the Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB).

Hon. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Chairman, NCS Board, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed who presided over the meeting said decisions taken during the meeting were meant to ginger and move the Service forward in-terms of manpower and operations.

The new Assistant Comptrollers General of Customs are:

ACG, Mohammed Boyi – Training and Coordination

ACG, Adewale Adeniyi – Commandant C&SC Gwagwalada

ACG, Jack Ajoku – Strategic Research and Policy

ACG, Olakunle Oyeleke – Doctrine, Development and Administration

ACG, Emmanuel Edorhe – Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘C’

Breakdown of the 2,634 Officers whose promotion have 1st January 2019 as effective date is as follows:

* Deputy Comptrollers to Comptrollers of Customs = 37
* Assistant Comptrollers of Customs to Deputy Comptrollers = 110
* Chief Superintendent of Customs to Assistant Comptrollers = 138
* Superintendent of Customs to Chief Superintendent of Customs = 93
* Deputy Superintendent of Customs to Superintendent of Customs = 93
* Assistant Superintendent of Customs I to Deputy Superintendent of Customs = 1224
* Assistant Superintendent of Customs II to Assistant Superintendent of Customs I = 475
* Inspector of Customs to Assistant Superintendent of Customs II = 464

205 out of the 2,634 are Support Staff who also enjoyed promotion to various ranks.

In-line with the reform agenda, the Board took some disciplinary actions against two Senior Officers. ACG Aminu Dahiru was dismissed for act of serious misconduct while ACG Bashir Abubakar was compulsorily retired for act of negligence.

The Hon. Minister described the NCS as “Making Progress” and expressed the hope that the coming of the e-Customs will help improve NCS operations.

Customs Seize Suspected Hard Drugs Worth N1bn In Lagos

The Comptroller of Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Olugboyega Peters, with some senior officers at the Command Headquarters in Lagos.

 

 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has made a massive seizure of drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa worth over N1 billion.

According to the service, this is the largest single seizure of hard drugs ever recorded by its officials on the high sea.

The Comptroller of Customs Western Marine Command in Lagos, Olugboyega Peters, disclosed on Thursday that the success was recorded by operatives of the command based on intelligence.

He explained that the operatives conducted round the clock surveillance for a period of three days in a maiden seagoing patrol of Lagos waters.

Peters added that suspected smugglers dived into the water upon sighting the customs operatives from afar around the Ishashi area of the state.

He noted that the drugs were suspected to be coming in from Ghana and had crossed many borders by water before the seizure in Lagos.

The comptroller stressed that since there were no suspects accompanying the seized goods, they would be liable to destruction in collaboration with relevant government agencies and other security services.

Five Suspects Arrested Over Attack On Customs Officer In Ogun

A file photo of Customs operatives.

 

 

Suspected smugglers have attacked an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service at Ilashe, a border town in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Public Relations Officer of Ogun I Customs Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the operatives of the command had intercepted 35 bags of 50kg imported rice in the area when the incident occurred.

According to Maiwada, the security operatives were on information patrol to Ilashe village where they intercepted the bags of rice ferried by a convoy of motorcyclists.

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“On their way out of the area, the diehard smugglers mobilised themselves in an overwhelming number, launching a vicious attack with assorted weapons on officers performing their lawful duties.

“In an effort to repel the attack and avoid bloodshed, one officer of the Customs, Assistant Superintendent Chidi Johnson, was brutally macheted, sustaining deep cuts in various parts of his body,” the statement said.

The command spokesman added that the injured officer was immediately rushed to the hospital for medical attention and has been responding to treatment.

He revealed that five suspects were arrested in connection with the incident and have been taken into custody for interrogation.

“We find it unfortunate and strange that the daredevil smugglers who have no regards for laws of the land or coronavirus pandemic disease ravaging the global community resorted to crossing the border through illegal routes to perpetrate such nefarious activities in total disregard of the health and economic well-being of Nigerians.”

“Principally, we seize this opportunity to enjoin the faceless unpatriotic smuggling cartels to stop using uninformed youths as cannon fodders in their nefarious trade,” the station added.

Lockdown: Customs Distributes Seized Goods Worth N3.2bn As Relief Items

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File photo of Nigeria Customs Service office in Abuja.

 

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, has approved the release of seized items ranging from 46,000 metric tons of rice, 36,495 kegs of vegetable oil and other items valued at N3.2 billion for distribution.

The Customs’ Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah in a series of tweets on Nigeria Customs Twitter handle noted that service does not have the liberty to use seized items as they deem fit.

He said these items were approved for distribution based on a presidential directive to boost the Federal Government’s effort to alleviate sufferings associated with the lockdown in some parts of the country.

“It is, therefore, necessary to explain that in line with the provision of section 167 (2) of CEMA CAP C45 LFN 2004, seized items upon condemnation and forfeiture to the Federal Government by a competent court of jurisdiction are kept in government warehouses pending Government directive on its disposal.

“Accordingly, in compliance with the Presidential directive, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ali (Rtd) has already approved the release of the following relief items,” Attah said.

He disclosed that the items approved for distribution include 46,000 metric tons (158 trailers) of rice, 36,495 kegs of vegetable oil (30 trucks) and 3,428 kegs of palm oil (1 truck).

Others are 136,705 cartons of tomato paste (54 trucks); 2,951 cartons of spaghetti; 1, 253 packets of noodles; 828 bales of wrappers and 2,300 rolls of lace fabric.

The NCS spokesman, however, noted that only edible items certified fit for human consumption by NAFDAC will be released to the public.

“As a responsible agency of Government, NCS appreciates the opportunity of contributing its quota to Federal Government’s continuous efforts to provide relief for Nigerians in this difficult time,” Attah concluded.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in a nationwide broadcast announced lockdown of activities in Lagos and Ogun states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Court Orders Arrest Of Ex-Customs Boss, Dikko

Mr Abdullahi Dikko

 

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the arrest of a former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu issued a bench warrant for Dikko’s arrest, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa who is the spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said in a statement on Monday.

The judge noted that the order was necessary to ensure the former Customs boss appear in court to take his plea on the next adjourned date for his arraignment by the ICPC.

This followed an application brought by ICPC’s prosecution counsel, E. Shogunle, when another scheduled arraignment could not hold due to the absence of Dikko in court.

Justice Ojukwu granted the commission’s prayer over the continued failure of the former comptroller-general to show up in court for his arraignment.

While ordering Dikko’s arrest, she noted that his lawyer who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Solomon Akuma, had assured the court on the last adjourned date that his client was going to be present in court.

She wondered that Akuma only turned around to present a medical report claiming that his client was critically ill and on admission in London.

The judge, however, ruled that the execution of the warrant should be suspended if it was discovered that the accused was actually ill and receiving treatment in a London hospital.

If otherwise, she ordered the prosecution to arrest Dikko and produce him in court on March 16, which is the next adjourned date for arraignment.

The former Customs boss is facing multiple charges alongside two others – Garba Makarfi and Umar Husseini.

The charges border on allegedly defrauding the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Mr Yemi Obadeyi, of a sum of N1.1 billion.