Nigeria Customs Appoint Five ACGs, Promote 2,634 Officers

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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.

Customs Arrest Two Suspects In Possession Of 42.9m CFA Franc In Katsina

 

The Nigeria Customs Service in Katsina state has arrested two persons with 42.9 million CFA in their possession, an equivalent to N26.5 million.

According to the Sector Coordinator, Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed in a press briefing said that the suspects were arrested by officers of the Sector 4 command of the National Border Drill operation while trying to illegally cross the Kamba border axis of Sokoto state.

“One was arrested trying to cross the border illegally; he doesn’t have a valid document and was in possession of 32 million CFA, while his second was in possession of 9 million CFA.

“If you have currency while going out of the country there is a regulation; you must have a valid document for going out; secondly, you must declare your currency to customs, not more than $10,000 or equivalent.

He added that “They are crossing without documents and with a large amount of money equivalent to N26.5 million.”

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The Customs boss stated that another case is that of three smugglers who offered the sum of N1.5 million cash to the sector as a bribe to bail out their two vehicles loaded with banned second-hand clothes.

 

 

“The second issue is someone who tried to smuggle two busses loaded with banned used cloths; he came to meet us for negotiation instead of running away.

“He offered to give us N2.5 million but he brought N1.5 million so we collected the money, arrested him and seized the consignment.”

He said goods of various types with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N473 million were also intercepted in Katsina state within two weeks across various illegal routes existing in the state.

Items seized include: 362 bales of textile materials, 377 Jumbo bales of used clothes, 270 cartons of foreign Eva soap, 880 bags of 50kg smuggled rice, three trailers of smuggled scrapped metals.

Others are 60 drums of petroleum product, 96 empty drums, 13 drums of diesel, 22 Jumbo sacks of 100Kg snuff and 178 Jerry cans of petroleum product.

Mohammed stressed that the current border closure drill has recorded tremendous success, stating that the crime rate and influx of drugs have reduced.

“The border closure drill has recorded tremendous success; the rate of crime and smuggling of drugs have gone down seriously.

“Sometimes when we work, we are saving residence because if we allow drugs into the state, Nigerian Indian hemp isn’t effective so they are smoking Indian hemp from Ghana because it doesn’t smell and it’s very powerful; if we allow that to enter Katsina, I don’t know what will happen,” he added.

Police Arrest Syndicate That Specialises In Impersonating Customs Officers

 

A notorious syndicate that specializes in deceiving unsuspecting businessmen by falsely parading themselves as custom officers have been arrested by police in Katsina state.

The spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed this saying that the state Special Anti Rubbery Squad led by a police team caught up with the syndicate.

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The syndicate was apprehended when a 47-year-old dismissed soldier simply identified as Lawal Abubakar, a resident of Hayin Gada in Dutsinma LGA of the state, in collaboration with five others, reportedly deceived one Mark Udoh of Funtua LGA of the state.

They falsely paraded themselves as officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and offered to sell six hundred (600) bags of auctioned rice to Udoh at the cost of N7.2million in which he paid the sum of N4.5million cash to the fraudsters.

“Suspects confessed to the commission of the offence and the role played by each member of the syndicate and amount received as loot,” Isah added.

Nigeria Customs Intercept $8m, Arrest Airport Staff In Lagos

 

The Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted about $8,065,615 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

This was disclosed by the Customs Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali, at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.

He added that the cash which was stashed in a car was intercepted while it was about to be loaded into an aircraft.

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Mr Ali said a suspect, the driver of the vehicle who is a staff of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), has been arrested in connection with the alleged money laundering.

He, however, did not provide details of the aircraft but added that the money was stashed inside a vehicle belonging to NAHCO.

He further said investigations are on to reveal those behind the Laundering.

 

Bandits Abduct Two Customs Officers In Katsina

 

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.

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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.

Customs Intercept Smuggled Goods Worth N108m, Arrest Six Suspects

 

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.

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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.”

Apapa Customs Command Generates N413.73bn In 2019

 

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated a total of N413,732,818,554.19 since the beginning of the year.

Comptroller of the Command, Mohammed Abba-Kura, announced this on Friday while addressing reporters at the Command Headquarters in Lagos.

He noted that 2019 has been quite eventful for the Command, adding that the money generated was more than its target by N41 billion.

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“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.

See the text of the comptroller below:

Gunmen Kill Two Customs Officers, Injure Another On Patrol

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

 

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and injured another while on patrol along the Lokoja-Okene Road in Kogi State.

The Customs Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Lomba Benjamin, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He identified those killed as two Assistant Superintendents of Customs – S. Ohiremen and S.M. Omale – while a Deputy Superintendent of Customs, H.I. Oladapo, sustained a gunshot injury.

Benjamin explained that the incident occurred on Thursday last week and the injured officer was quickly moved to Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja where he was treated and later discharged.

He condemned the attack on the officers and others, saying Customs personnel should not be the targets for persons aggrieved by the government’s policies.

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“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.