Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been abducted by bandits at the Dan-Bedi Checkpoint located along Mallamawa Danbedi axis in Jibia, Katsina, a border town with the Republic of Niger.
Some residents in the area told Channels Television that the Customs officers were abducted on Wednesday morning along with an unspecified number of unsuspecting travellers on the Jibia – Batsari highway.
According to one of the residents, the bandits riding on motorcycles arrived at the customs checkpoint, overpowered the officers and disappeared with them into a nearby forest.
“The bandits in their numbers riding on motorcycles, arrived at the Customs checkpoint, overpowered the officers, seized their weapons and finally fired gunshots sporadically into the air thereby disappearing with them into nearby forest popularly known as ‘Rugu’.”
The Customs service spokesman, Joseph Attah however confirmed to Channels Television that an Inspector and a Customs Assistant servicing at the Federal Operation Unit Zone ”B” Command were abducted.
Mr Attah further explained that all effort is in place to rescue the men and the other civilians.
Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, Katsina state command have intercepted smuggled goods of different kinds with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N108 million.
The goods were intercepted at different times and locations within the state and seized from desperate Nigerians.
The items include 1,632 bags of foreign rice, 440 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 9 bales of used clothes, 283 cartons of spaghetti, 81 bags of sugar, 56 cartons of washing soap, 73 means of conveyance, 26 cartons of Tiger Head Dry Cell Battery.
Other items seized include 28 cartons of macaroni, 3 bags of tiger nuts, 5 bags of beans, 1 tanker loaded with 50,000 litres of AGO, 1 trailer loaded with potash, 1 trailer loaded with unprocessed hides and skin and 1 trailer loaded with used motor batteries.
Acting Comptroller of the command, DC Dahiru Kirawa during a briefing, said six suspects have also been arrested in connection with the seizures.
He said the effort was to sustain the fight against smuggling and ensure full compliance with the Federal Government’s partial border closure to safeguard the nation’s economy.
“The message is we have no other country than Nigeria, we must make concerted effort to ensure that our economy is improved and this is one of the ways by which we would help and ensure that smuggling is suppressed to the barest minimum and that smugglers must desist because laudable programs have been put in place by the government, they should take advantage of that to engage in legitimate business.”
“I am pleased to inform you that the Command has once again set up another record by meeting and surpassing its 2019 annual revenue target of N372 billion with over N41 billion and seized goods worth over N12 billion,” Abba-Kura said
He explained that the feat was recorded through the collective efforts and efficient strategies put in place by the Command.
The comptroller commended the personnel of the command, especially the Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU) and Valuation Unit among others.
A breakdown of the figure shows that over N203.69 billion was generated between January and June while more than N208.62 billion was generated between July and December 19.
The amount generated in 2019 is over N9.712 billion more than the total revenue generated in the previous year.
“Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service are only implementers of Federal Government policies, hence we urge every Nigerian citizen aggrieved toward losing his/her goods to engage the services of the court rather than resort to violence and killing of family men who are the breadwinners of their families while serving their Nation,” Benjamin decried.
He added, “The Nigeria Customs Service, Niger/Kogi Command has continued to maintain close contact with the bereaved families.
“We are pained by the sad development and share in the grief of losing fellow officers, colleagues, brothers, husbands, fathers, and the likes.”
The public relations officer noted that Customs would continue to work with other security agencies in identifying the suspects and bring them to justice.
Omale, according to him, was buried on Friday last week according to Islamic rights in Ayamba village of Kogi State.
Benjamin said the Customs Area Controller, Abba-Kassim Yusuf, paid a condolence visit to Omale’s family on Saturday last week.
During the visit, Yusuf assured the family that the management would deploy all necessary mechanisms to ensure the perpetrators were apprehended.
The public relations officer said Ohiremen would also be buried at his hometown in Ondo State in January, stressing that the attack would not distract personnel from discharging their statutory functions.
A Joint Special Taskforce of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 13 Jerry cans of 25 litres and six Jerry cans of 10 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) concealed in two caskets by suspected smugglers heading to neighbouring countries.
According to the Public Relations Officer, Ogun 1 Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada in a statement, the smugglers were arrested by Men, of Ogun I Command, Federal Operation Unit Zone “A” and CGC’s Strike Force.
He added that the smugglers attempted to take the items across the border to a neighbouring country.
“In continuation of the fight against smuggling, A Joint Special Taskforce comprising of Officers and Men, of Ogun I Command, Federal Operation Unit Zone “A” and CGC’s Strike Force intercepted 13 Jerry cans of 25 litres and six Jerry cans of 10 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) concealed clandestinely in two caskets.
“The said items were conveyed by a daredevil smuggler with the intention of smuggling the items across the border to a neighbouring country in a Mazda 626 with Lagos registration number LSD 617 CW.”
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) men’s team and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) women’s have emerged winners of the 2019 National Volleyball Premier League in Abuja.
In the men’s final, Customs Service defeated the hard fighting NSCDC team 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9). They pushed to get something out of the match but their best wasn’t good enough to stop Customs from retaining their title, after winning their four previous games and leading the log with 30 points.
NSCDC finished with 24 points while Kano Pillars placed the third position with 23 points after beating Nigeria Police Force who finished fourth place with 22 points.
Nigeria Immigration Service came fifth with 19 points while UCEM of Enugu was placed sixth with just 2 points.
In the women’s category, NSCDC ensured they don’t leave empty-handed as they outclassed the Customs ladies 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-18) to emerge the new champions.
The NSCDC ladies confirmed their superiority with 32 points followed by Customs with 28 points. The Nigerian Army team finished third with 20 points while Immigrations followed with 10 points. Kada Emeralds ended their campaign in the fifth position with 9 points and Benue Queens ended theirs with 3 points.
Captain of the NCS team, Sunny Akapson expressed his joy for winning the championship adding that they will put up an impressive performance when they play at the continental club championship next year.
“We promised to win the title at the end of the tournaments and we have done that all thanks to the Nigeria Customs service for their support’’ he said.
“We are now going to shift all our attention to the continental club championship coming up next year and we promised to do the nation proud” he added.
The premier league which started on November 21 ended on Saturday at the indoor sports hall, package B of the Moshood Abiola stadium in Abuja
Fifteen teams (8 male, 7 female) featured in the league that took off with the first phase in Asaba and the second phase that ended in Abuja.
Some outstanding players received individual awards.
(1) Best Spiker – Osunshina Obayemo- Nigeria Police Force (2) Best Blocker – Isaac Geoffrey- Nigeria Customs Service (3) Best Server – Sunday Akinbo – Nigeria Security and civil defence Corps (4) Best Defender – Samson Akinbona- Nigeria Customs Service (5) Best Receiver – Seun Adegbite- Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (6) Best setter- Emmanuel Samuel – Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (7) MVP- Dikiya Seiyefa – Nigeria Customs Service
(1) Best Spiker-Albertina Francis- Chief Of Army Staff Spikers (2) Best Blocker – Prisca Nkemnekwu- Chief Of Army Staff Spikers (3) Best Server – Francisca Ikhiede – Nigeria Customs Service (4) Best Defender- Jummai Bitrus- Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (5) Best Receiver- Choridu Nnachi- Chief of Army Staff Spikers (6) Best Setter – Sharon Achi- Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (7) MVP- Ijeoma Ukpabi – Chief Of Army staff Spikers
The Nigeria Customs Service Board has approved the appointment of a Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs (DCG), three Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs (ACG), as well as the promotion of 2,508 officers to various ranks.
The DCG and ACGs were subsequently appointed as members of the management of the Service.
They are DCG David Chikan, ACG Kashim Ajiya, ACG Dinatu Umaru, and ACG Yusuf Bashar.
Notable in the promotion is the elevation of Deputy Comptrollers A.D. Sanusi, U.S. Buhari, and A.I. Alfa among others to the rank of Comptroller.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd), congratulated the new members of management and the promoted officers.
He also asked them to see their elevations as a call to greater responsibilities and urged them to double their efforts to consolidate on the gains of the ongoing Service reforms.
According to a statement dated November 20 by the Public Relations Officer of Customs, Mr Joseph Attah, the promotion took effect from January 1, 2018.
A breakdown of the promotion showed that 30 officers were promoted from Deputy Comptroller to Comptroller of Customs, 115 from Assistant Comptroller to Deputy Comptroller, while 145 were elevated from Chief Superintendent of Customs to Assistant Comptroller.
Forty-three officers were also promoted from Superintendent to Chief Superintendent, 117 officers from Deputy Superintendent to Superintendent, and 565 officers from Assistant Superintendent I to Deputy Superintendent.
The Board promoted 998 officers from Superintendent of Customs II to Assistant Superintendent of Customs I, as well as 505 personnel from Inspector of Customs to Assistant Superintendent of Customs II.
The bill seeks to amend six tax provisions and make them more responsive to tax reform policies and the Customs and Excise Tariff Act to encourage local manufacturers.
The legislations under it include Companies Income Tax, Value Added Tax, Customs and Excise Tariff, Capital Gains Tax Act, Petroleum Profit Tax, Personal Income Tax, and Stamp Duties Act.
The billed was passed after it was read for the third time on the floor of the Senate, following the presentation of the report of the Senate Committee on Finance by Senator Adeola Solomon.
Addressing his colleagues after they shared their various perspectives on the effects of the bill on the nation and its people, the Senate President explained that the bill aims to help Nigeria generate more revenues.
He said, “Let me thank all of us for passing the seven Acts in the Finance Bill to ensure that we streamline the tax system in Nigeria and ensure that we get revenue for the government to provide infrastructure for this country.
“What we have done is very significant because this is to ensure that we not only have sources of funding for the 2020 Budget but also for subsequent activities of the government.”
“We must ensure that any agency that is charged with generating revenue must discharge its function judiciously.
“What we have done is to create more revenue to provide infrastructure for the Nigerian people,” Senate President Lawan stated.
“He said they were two and the second man escaped. All these notes are fake, they usually deceive people who want to change new notes. You fall into their hands and then they dupe you.
“This is a highly criminal activity,” Agbara said.
The command also intercepted 40 drums of industrial alcohol – ethanol smuggled into the country through the Idiroko border from Benin Republic.
He condemned the criminal action of smuggling ethanol which according to him is subject to industrial use but the criminals sell it to the public who mix it with water and sell it as alcoholic beverage.
Agbara also said that the ethanol will be subjected to court condemnation while the suspect will be prosecuted.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to lift the ban on the distribution of petroleum products to fuel stations at towns and communities within 20 kilometres of border area in Nigeria.
The House in a motion moved by Representative Sada Soli said the ban is causing untold hardship on people living in these border communities, including Nigerians.
According to Soli, the order by the customs boss contravenes the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act.
Other lawmakers who seconded Soli’s motion agreed that the border closure is already biting hard on these communities, and denying them petroleum products. They added that this will only worsen the situation.
The NCS in a bid to tackle illegal smuggling had placed a ban on the sale of petroleum products within 20 kilometres of any border area in Nigeria.
Comptroller-General of the Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd.) last week directed that no petroleum products should be supplied to any filling station within 20 kilometres to the border.
The Nigeria Customs Service says it has arrested a syndicate of 15 people who allegedly re-bag foreign rice as local rice for sale to unsuspecting consumers.
The Comptroller of Customs in Adamawa and Taraba States Command, Kamardeen Olumoh, disclosed this on Tuesday when he led Journalists to the scene of the crime at a warehouse in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
According to him, the suspects were found with 900 bags of rice with duty paid value of N14.5 million.
Olumoh explained that operatives of the command busted the warehouse in conjunction with others from the Federal Operation Units and Strike Force, as part of efforts towards sustaining the fight against smuggling in the country.
He revealed that 15 people, including the manager and labourers at the warehouse, were rounded up by the security operatives while carrying out their nefarious act.
Thereafter, the comptroller proceeded with the reporters to the Customs Headquarters in Yola where it has seized a truckload of grains intercepted by operatives along the Mubi-Yola Road.
He said investigation revealed that the truck was also carrying foreign rice re-bagged as local rice concealed under bags of beans with a duty paid value of N10.3 million.
Three suspects were also arrested in the process and all the arrested suspects would be prosecuted, Olumoh added.
While the Nigerian Government has since closed its borders with neighbouring countries, the comptroller described the activities of smugglers as sabotage.
He, therefore, warned smugglers that Adamawa and Taraba States remain no go areas for them as the Command would soon embark on raiding markets in search of smuggled foreign rice.
Olumoh also appealed to market heads to caution their members against the sale of foreign rice as a way of supporting local farmers who have the capacity of feeding the nation.
Thousands were said to have been left stranded as reports of the closure of the nation’s borders emerged in late August.
In its reaction, the Nigerian government denied closure of the borders but explained that it was carrying out a joint operation at various locations involving Customs operatives and that of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) among others.
The Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, in an earlier interview with Channels Television, said, “There is no border closure but there was a border drill and there was an announcement from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).”