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

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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.