Suspected Smugglers Kill Customs Officer In Ogun

A file photo of Customs operatives.

 

Suspected smugglers have reportedly killed an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service at Owode, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Customs Assistant 1, a driver, was attached to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

He was reportedly killed during an operation on Saturday after two vehicles laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice were seized and taken to Lagos.

The Customs spokesman at FOU Zone A Lagos, Theophilus Duniya confirmed the development but was did not disclose the victim’s name.

Duniya said the operatives had made some seizures and in the course of the movement, one of the vehicles developed mechanical problems.

While fixing the vehicle, he said “the suspected smugglers mobilised themselves in a large number with arms, charms, stones and other dangerous objects attacked and murdered their victim”.

Duniya disclosed that the body of the deceased has been deposited in a mortuary.

He hinted that the Acting Comptroller of FOU Zone A, Hussein Ejibunu had directed immediate investigation into the murder of the officer.

According to him, the Acting Comptroller condemned the killing and reiterated his resolve to keep suppressing smuggling and arresting perpetrators of the criminal activity.

“He said the killing will not deter FOU Zone A, under his leadership, from carrying out its statutory functions in the interest of national security and economy.

“The Comptroller added that seizures of smuggled wares and arrest of suspects will continue unless the perpetrators embrace a change of heart and do legitimate trades,” Duniya quoted him as saying.

Customs Begins Probe Into Alleged Shooting Of Katsina Commissioner’s Convoy

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File photo of Nigeria Customs Service office in Abuja.

 

The Katsina Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has commenced investigations into the alleged shooting of the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Umar Ya’u Gwajo-Gwajo’s convoy by its personnel.

The Acting Comptroller of the Command, DC Dalha Wada Chedi, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing journalists on the recent achievements recorded by the command in its anti-smuggling fight.

He explained that the command has already inaugurated an investigative committee to find out the root cause of the incident.

Chedi further expressed hope that the committee members will surely perform the task assigned to them and that their report would soon be made available for necessary action to be taken.

“It is unfortunate that the incident occurred but then we always believe in destiny that happened. On hearing about the incident, a committee was already set up and the committee has started working.

“Investigation is ongoing and I would not like the situation whereby we start pre-empting the committee members. The committee would submit its report soonest.” Chedi added.

The commissioner’s convoy was reportedly shot at on Tuesday by the officers of the Nigeria Customs Service while leaving his hometown, Mai’adua in Daura Local Government Area of the State to the state capital.

The Daura-Mai’adua highway is one of the routes used by smugglers to bring in goods from neigbouring Niger Republic.

Customs Orders Probe Into Katsina Border Town ‘Accident’

 

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali,

 

 

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hamed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has ordered an investigation into the Katsina border town accident involving one of its vehicles which claimed eight lives on Monday.

A statement by the spokesman of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), DC Joseph Attah, says the service is deeply saddened by the accident and will prevent a reoccurrence of such incidence.

“The Comptroller-General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire staff of Nigeria Customs Service are deeply saddened by the unfortunate operation accident that resulted in the death of fellow Nigerians and injuries to others.

“Even though human actions cannot always keep society accident-free, the CGC has already directed a holistic investigation into the incident with a view to preventing a reoccurrence of this unfortunate accident in the future.

“As a responsible Government Agency, we are mindful of the duty of care imposed upon us to ensure the safety of our citizens”, he said.

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The incident occurred when officers attached to the Border Drill Patrol followed a vehicle suspected to have been loaded with contraband.

The spokesman explained that the accident was caused by a brake failure which as a result led to the death of eight persons and several injured who are receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Jibia.

“Unfortunately, our efficiency is sometimes undermined by unanticipated failures in our equipment as in this case which was caused by brake failure resulting in the death of Eight (8) fellow Nigerians and injuries to others at the border town of Jibiya, Katsina State.

“Nigeria Customs Service shares in the pains of losing these compatriots and extends heartfelt condolences to the immediate families of the deceased, Government, and the people of Katsina State. The Service is doing all it takes to get the best treatment possible for the injured and will do what it can to ameliorate the pains of those who lost their loved ones”.

He called on Nigerians to show understanding of the situation and offer words or actions that can help heal those in pain. “As a Service, our hearts and prayers go to the families of the bereaved and those in hospitals”.

Katsina Assembly Asks Customs To Withdraw Officers Attached To Border Drill Operation

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The Katsina State House of Assembly has called on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to withdraw officers attached to the Border Drill Operation in the state.

This comes after about eight persons were killed and others injured after a patrol vehicle of Customs rammed into a crowd in Katsina State.

The incident occurred on Monday morning in the Jibia Local Government Area of the state.

A member representing Jibia Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Mustapha Yusuf made the call while presenting a motion of urgent public importance before the floor of the House on Thursday.

Hon. Yusuf alleged that the officers are not conducting themselves in accordance with the set objectives as good officers.

The Speaker, Tasi’u Maigari Zango deliberated and unanimously adopted the motion and called on the state government to intervene on the matter.

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Meanwhile, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hamed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has ordered an investigation into the incident.

He said the accident was a case of brake failure and will ensure that such reoccurrence will never happen again.

Even though human actions cannot always keep society accident-free, the CGC has already directed a holistic investigation into the incident with a view to preventing a reoccurrence of this unfortunate accident in the future.

“As a responsible Government Agency, we are mindful of the duty of care imposed upon us to ensure the safety of our citizens”, he said.

He condoled with the families of the victims and assured that those injured will be taken care of adequately.

“Nigeria Customs Service shares in the pains of losing these compatriots and extends heartfelt condolences to the immediate families of the deceased, Government, and the people of Katsina State.

The Service is doing all it takes to get the best treatment possible for the injured and will do what it can to ameliorate the pains of those who lost their loved ones”.

 

At Least Five Killed As Customs Vehicle Rams Into Crowd In Katsina

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No fewer than five people were killed and others injured after a patrol vehicle of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) rammed into a crowd in Katsina State.

The incident occurred on Monday morning in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina in Nigeria’s north-west region.

Spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isa, told Channels Television via the phone that five people were killed on the spot and others were rushed to the General Hospital in Jibia.

“We have received a report that officers attached to the Border Drill Patrol followed a vehicle suspected to have been loaded with contraband,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the driver (of the Customs van) lost control of the vehicle and as a result, knocked down some people. Five of the victims died on the spot.”

Angry residents of the town – many of them engage in cross-border trades due to its proximity to the Niger Republic –  reacted by burning a border patrol vehicle parked at the scene and another vehicle belonging to a man the Police PRO identified as Sani.

While the police put the number of deaths at five, some residents say the toll is likely higher.

A resident of the town, Abdulrazak Jibia, who says he witnessed the incident, told Channels Television that the accident happened after a strong dispute between the operatives and a businessman who was conveying a bag of foreign rice on a motorcycle to his village.

“The Customs officers pursued the man to arrest him upon sighting him from afar,” he said. “But the driver of the vehicle who was running on a high speed, unfortunately, ran the man over, along with 17 other people who are conducting their business by the roadside.”

Channels Television could not reach the spokesman for the Katsina Command of the NCS, Danbaba Katsina, for comments.

Danbaba was, however, quoted by Premium Times as saying that the operatives were not chasing anyone. Rather, he described the incident as an accident.

“What we know is that it was an accident that can occur to anyone,” he was quoted as saying.

“The accident occurred this morning after some of our officers finished eating and were returning to their checkpoint when their vehicle developed brake fault and it resulted in the accident.”

30 Out Of 65 Private Airplanes Liable To Pay Duties To FG – Customs

File Photo of the Spokesman for the Nigeria Customs Service, Joseph Attah

 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that 30 out of 65 private airplanes verified are liable to pay required duties to the Federal Government.

This is according to the Customs Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah during an ongoing verification exercise on Monday in Abuja.

Mr. Attah explained that some of these planes came into the country by the Temporary Importation Agreement which allows them to bring the jets without payment because it was secured by a bond.

He said that thereafter many of them failed to turn up to pay on the expiration of the agreement which necessitated the verification.

The Customs Service spokesman said the exercise would allow more revenue to accrue to the Federal Government because those who failed to adhere to the agreement would be made to pay the duties.

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He however said the verification has been extended for a further two weeks which will end on August 6, 2021.

“Considering the rising number of compliance and the number of jets that are liable for payment of duties as well as indications by those people to do so, the Comptroller- General has again graciously given them another two weeks.

“And also, it will ensure every collectible revenue is collected into the coffers of the Federal Government”.

Customs Intercept Contrabands Worth N15bn In Oyo, Osun

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The Oyo and Osun State area command of Customs says it has generated over N15 billion in the first quarter of 2021 after intercepting contraband items including rice, cannabis, petrol, used clothing, among others.

The Customs area controller, Adamu Abdulkadir, stated this while briefing journalists on the activities of the command in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

He explained that “The figure is cumulative of import duty from bonded terminals, excise duty from factories under the excise net, auction fees and all other ancillary charges into both federation and non-federation accounts.

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“From 1st February 2021 to 30th April 2021, the command generated N15,890,489,479.26 (fifteen billion, eight hundred and ninety million, four hundred and eighty-nine thousand, four hundred and seventy-nine naira, twenty-six kobo).”

Abdulkadir added that the command also seized over 3,311 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 487 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 221 cartons of imported dry fish, nine sacks of imported dry fish, nine sacks of Cannabis Sativa, and six bales of used shoes.

Other seized items include 10 litres gallons of vegetable oil, 572 (2.5 litres) gallons of vegetable oil, 21 bales of second-hand clothing, and one used DAF truck with the duty paid value of N134million.

Two Killed As Security Officials Clash With Rice Smugglers In Ogun

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Two persons have been confirmed killed while ten others sustained injuries as men of the Nigerian Customs Service and Military personnel clashed with suspected smugglers in Ogun State.

The spokesman of the Command, Hammed Oloyede confirmed the incident

It was gathered that the incident occurred at Oja-Odan in Yewa North Local Government of the state on Thursday when a patrol team from Ogun Command Area I intercepted 320 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg) stockpiled in a building.

It was further confirmed that during evacuation of the said goods, some ‘diehard’ smugglers in collaboration with hoodlums attacked and opened fired on the patrol team .

Four Customs operatives, one Soldier and five civilians assisting in evacuation reportedly sustained gunshot injuries during the attack.

It was learnt that the patrol team, in repressing the attacks, also gunned down two of the suspected smugglers and left many others with gunshot injuries.

The customs area 1 command said those injured have been rushed to the hospital for “proper medical attention and are currently responding to treatment.”

According to him, the patrol team succeeded in evacuating the items, arrested one suspect, Taiye Kujo and six motorcycles used by the suspected smugglers.

Oloyede said, “Investigation is ongoing to fish out more perpetrators of this barbaric act.

“In this regard, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Peter Kolo assured the general public that the renewed hostilities by armed smugglers will not deter his Officers and Men from discharging their statutory responsibilities.

“He further appealed to the Traditional Rulers and community leaders to warn their subjects to desist from smuggling activities and attack on security operative as anyone caught shall be made to face the wrath of the law.”

Customs Intercepts Contrabands Worth N50m In Katsina

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File photo of Nigeria Customs Service office in Abuja.

 

Officers of the Katsina Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS) have intercepted 18 contrabands with a Duty Paid Value of 50 million, 378 thousand, 800 Naira in Katsina State.

The success recorded as part of measures and strategies put in place by the command to suppressing smuggling activities to the barest minimum and generate more revenue for the country.

In a press conference held at the headquarters of the Katsina Customs Area Command, the new Acting Comptroller in charge of the Command, DC Dalha Wada pledges commitment not only to facilitate trade but also enhance Ease of Doing Business in the state.

DC Wada asked those interested in the business of either importation or exportation to contact the command in order to become a licensed clearing agent that can operate anywhere in the country against running inside the bushes.

Out of the 18 seizures made from the period of 9th April to 4th May 2021, nine different vehicles were intercepted with nine assorted food, and non-food items were seized in the process of arriving into the country from the Niger Republic.

It could be recalled that the command had March 2021 arrested two smugglers in the state, one of which was driving a Dangote Truck loaded with prohibited items.

In the process, assorted items with a Duty Paid Value of 58,566,300.00 naira were intercepted.

Customs Confirm Killing Of Three Personnel At Patrol Base In Rivers

Man Killed As Customs Officials Raid Ogun Community
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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says three of its personnel have been killed by gunmen in Rivers State.

Mr Jerry Atta, who is the spokesperson for Zone C, Custom’s Federal Operations Unit, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday.

He explained that the officers were attacked by armed men on Saturday night at a patrol base in Isiokpo – the headquarters of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.

The zonal spokesman added that after killing the security operatives, the gunmen went away with an Ak-47 rifle and two Toyota Hilux vans belonging to the service.

He noted that a thorough investigation would be carried out to unravel the circumstances that led to the attack and to unravel the motive of the assailants.

Atta blamed the killing of the security operatives on armed smugglers whose businesses have been frustrated by the customs in recent times.

Channels Television had reported that an unspecified number of customs officers and policemen were killed at different checkpoints in Rivers.

The incident was said to have taken place between Omagwa – Isiokpo – Elele communities in Ikwerre, along the Port Harcourt – Owerri Road.

Although police authorities in the state have confirmed the attack, they went silent on whether any of their personnel was killed.

“We have launched a full-scale investigation into the dastardly attack with a view to arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to justice,” the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Eboka Friday, said in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers, Nnamdi Omoni.

He noted that calm has been restored in the area, with reinforced and increased joint patrols in Ikwerre and other areas in the state by the security agencies.

Saturday’s attack came two days after three persons were shot dead in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt, the state capital, following a clash between two rival cult groups.

First Quarter Report: Goods Worth Over ₦1.2bn Seized In Imo

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The Federal Operations Unit (Zone C) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has seized contraband items valued over ₦1.2 billion in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Briefing journalists in the state on Wednesday, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Yusuf Lawal, said the seizure was made from January to March.

The items which included foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, drugs, second-hand clothing, live ammunition, soaps, exotic cars, were intercepted in states of the South-South and South-East, which covers Zone C.

“Following our anti-smuggling drives, between January to March 2021, we have intercepted various contraband within our areas of jurisdiction which covers South-South/South-East zones with a duty paid value of ₦1,280,885,011,” he said.

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“Also, based on our intervention we recovered the sum of ₦7,557,731, from demand notices raised, making a cumulative sum of ₦1,288,442,742. within the months under review.

“The detained and seized items include 2,976 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, 1,024 cartons of Colcaps medicament without NAFDAC certification, 290 cartons of Foreign Eva Soap, 204 Cartons of Foreign Tomatoes Paste, 130 Jumbo bales of used clothing, 5,200 live ammunition cartridges, six exotic vehicles; one Toyota land cruiser bulletproof 2019 model without End User Certificate from NSA, one Toyota Hilux 2020 model, one Toyota Corolla 2018 model, among others.”

According to Comptroller Lawal, the feat would not have been possible without the logistics support from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd), and the entire Customs management.

He also solicited more cooperation from media practitioners and Nigerians generally in the fight against smuggling in the country.

“I urge all well-meaning Nigerians to support the Service in the fight against smuggling by providing credible and timely intelligence that will help the Unit reduce smuggling to its barest minimum as we hope to improve more in the second quarter by intensifying our surveillance,” he added.

Customs Arrest Three Smugglers, Intercept Contrabands Worth N786m

The unit coordinator, DC Oseni Olarukoba with other officers display the seized items.

 

Officers and Men attached to the Zone ‘B’ Strike Force Team of the Nigeria Customs Service have arrested three smugglers and intercepted contraband with a duty paid value of N786,911,648 across the northern region.

The unit coordinator, DC Oseni Olarukoba disclosed this on Friday during a press briefing held at the Katsina State Command headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service.

He described the success recorded as part of their sustained execution of the Comptroller General’s directive to stamp out smuggling activities within the zone.

The unit coordinator, DC Oseni Olarukoba with other officers display the seized items.

 

The contraband he explained, were intercepted within the long stretched borders of the Northern States which covers the Far North-East, North-West and North Central parts of the country.

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Olorukoba while taking journalists round to some of the seized items in display noted that 16 assorted items were seized within the period under review across Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and the North Eastern States of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Adamawa and Taraba.

He further stressed more community collaboration from the border communities especially information sharing and supply about the activities and movements of smugglers to get it right.

The unit coordinator, DC Oseni Olarukoba with other officers during the display of the seized items.

“Smuggling kills the business of the local farmers. So that’s why we arrest them in order to serve as deterrent to others for them to desist from the business, because they are savatoirs of the country’s economy.

“We have a challenge of information among our stakeholders and we, therefore, need strong community collaboration,” Olarukoba said.

The items seized from January 2021 to date include among others; 1,540 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice, 4,857 cartons of foreign tomato, 410 cartons of foreign Macaroni, 294 bales of second-hand clothes, 307 cartons of foreign shoes, 1,527 cartons of foreign soap, six units of vehicles and three units of trucks.

Other items seized are 458 cartons of spaghetti, 29 bags of 50kg each of foreign sugar, 249 cartons of condensed milk, 60 cartons of coucous, 100 pieces each of realms and tyres, three bags of 50kg each of calcium chloride, 8,575 litres of vegetable oil and 57 cartons of cartons bleaching cream.