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.

Customs Intercept Jerry Cans Of petrol Smuggled In Caskets

 

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.”

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He reiterated that the Command will not hold back on the fight against smuggling in whatever disguise.

“To this end, the Command wishes to reiterate its stand that there is no retreat on the fight against smuggling in whatever disguise.

“We, therefore, appeal to the general public to embrace legitimate means of livelihood and to avoid smuggling in all its ramifications.

“The eagle eye is all around Ogun state to halt new techniques initiated by economic saboteurs to perpetuate their illicit acts,” he said.

Customs, NSCDC Emerge National Volleyball Premier League Champions

 

 

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.

Male category

(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

Female category

(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

Customs Promote 2,508 Officers As Four Join Management Team

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

 

 

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.

Finance Bill: FIRS, NNPC, Customs, Others Must ‘Sit Up’ – Senate

A file photo of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) office in Abuja. Photo: Twitter- @firsNigeria

 

 

The Senate has asked agencies of the Federal Government saddled with the responsibility of generating revenues to be more efficient in discharging their duties.

Such agencies include the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and the Nigeria Customs Services among others.

President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, stated this during plenary on Thursday shortly after lawmakers in the upper chamber of the National Assembly passed the Finance Bill.

“The revenue-generating agencies will have to sit up; the Senate will be mounting a lot of oversight on the revenue agencies,” he said.

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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.