Customs Seizes 1.5m Tablets Of Tramadol At Lagos Cargo Airport

Customs operatives inspect seized bags of Tramadol in Lagos.

 

Operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service on Tuesday intercepted about 1.5m tablets of Tramadol at the Lagos State cargo airport.

The items were seized by officers of the Murtala Mohammed Area Command of Customs at the SAHCO Import shed in Lagos.

Addressing journalists at the command warehouse, the Area Controller of Muritala Mohammed Area Command, Sambo Dangaladima said that although no suspect has been arrested, the items valued at N92.3 million were impounded for further action.

Controller Dangaladima noted that within his five months of taking over as the area commander, the revenue figure has risen to N3 billion compared with the same period last year.

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He attributed the increase in revenue to massive cooperation and support from stakeholders and diligent efforts of officers.

The controller equally called on all officers of the command as well as stakeholders to collectively work together to fight smugglers for the overall good of the country.

“We don’t have any other country than this country. Any where you go, you are a second citizen, so we have to sit down and do the right thing no matter what it takes,” he said.

“Now we are following the procedures, let us try as much as possible and identify our customers. Let us know who we are clearing cargo for and what he is bringing into our country.”

Rivers Hoopers Fight Back To Beat Gombe Bulls

File photo of Rivers Hoopers in Abuja.

 

Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club pulled off a second-half comeback to beat rivals Gombe Bulls 69-61 to set up a semi-final clash with Nigeria Customs at the Indoor Sports Hall, Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

The group stage of the ongoing Federal Ministry for Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) Final 8 has been concluded with the Kingsmen maintaining a perfect start to the competition after winning all three games.

After a back-and-forth affair in the first half, Rivers Hoopers took control in the third quarter despite trailing at half-time (33-34).

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Johnson Anaiye had a double-double,19 points, 11 rebounds and scored 10/13 from the free-throw line adding 5 assists and 2 steals. Owen Oriakhi added 18 points, 5 rebounds and shot 7 of 10 from the free-throw line with one 3-pointer to go with it.

The two Hoopers’ guards built a strong two-man game that kept Rivers Hoopers’ offense flowing late in the game. The Port Harcourt-based team eventually extended their lead to 8 points in the last 27 seconds of the game.

Ibe Agu had 15 points and 8 rebounds while Mustapha Oyebanji scored 12 points for Gombe Bulls.

Rivers Hoopers will take on Customs in today’s semi-final clash.

Customs Receives 16 Operational Vehicles To Boost Fight Against Smuggling

Some of the vehicles.

 

The Federal Operations Unit Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Lagos has received 16 Toyota Hilux vans to boost the fight against smuggling in the country.

The vehicles equipped with response gadgets are expected to aid anti-smuggling patrols across the unit area of coverage.

Praising the initiative, the Acting Comptroller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu said the Hilux Vans came timely, adding that as of August 2021, the NCS had overperformed the prorated rate of the target that it was given for the year.

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According to him, the Federal Executive Council believes that, with the provision of these additional vehicles, it will also be enhancing not only their effectiveness but their efficiency and then, more revenue will be generated.

He equally appreciated the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) for supporting the unit, restating his determination to do all it takes to ensure the actualisation of crippling rice smuggling.

While recalling the recent attack by smugglers in Ogun axis which led to the death of three operatives, Ejibunu directed and challenged formations across his Zone to sustain an onslaught against all shades of criminals and these newly received vehicles will be put to full professional use to carry out the CGC’s directive, towards negating smuggling activities.

He called on Nigerians, and those at the border communities, to support the Service by providing information that will help nip smuggling in the bud.

 

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Smugglers Attack Customs Operatives In Ogun, Kill One Officer

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Suspected smugglers have attacked customs operatives in the Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State, killing one officer.

Another customs officer was reported missing after a bloody clash with the smugglers in Fagbohun village, via Idogo/Ipaja, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State.

It was gathered the incident happened on Tuesday when the officers, who were from the Federal Operating Unit arrived the village for an operation.

On sighting the patrol team, the suspected smugglers were said to have unleashed terror on the officers during the attack.

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However, on Wednesday, the lifeless body of one of the missing officers was reportedly found in a river near Ajegun Iyaloosa village without his rifle, while the other is still being searched for.

The Public Relations Officer of the Federal Operating Unit in Zone A, Theophilus Duniya, confirmed the incident via a statement on Thursday, adding that some suspects have been arrested.

“The attacked officers are from FOU. One is confirmed dead, while the other one is still missing,” the Customs spokesman said.

“It happened on Tuesday in the afternoon. They were on information patrol when they were attacked. It was an unprovoked attacked that ended the life of one and the other one is still missing. At the moment we have some suspects in custody in relation to that murder.”

Duniya appealed to Nigerians, especially smugglers, to desist from attacking customs officers, who he said were doing the lawful job assigned to them by the Federal Government.

“The message to the masses has always been that, these officers are on lawful duty. They didn’t assign themselves.

“They are officers of the Federal Republic, and what the Federal Government said through our laws is what they are out to enforce. They are not there to fight anybody, they are not there on their own will.

“They are taken there to enforce the government fiscal policies. Anywhere customs officers are seen, if they cannot assist them to carry out their operations, they should not attack them. Because these people have families. They come from villages and communities as well and they are human beings. They also deserve a right to live,” he added.

 

Two Smugglers Killed, Two Customs Officers Injured In Sagamu Clash

Customs Generate Historic Revenue Figure Of N1trn
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Operatives of the Federal Operating Unit of the Nigerian Customs Service in Lagos have been attacked by suspected smugglers during an operation along the Sagamu inter-change in Ogun State.

The patrol team had intercepted 12 vehicles laden with bags of foreign parboiled rice en route to Lagos.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by the spokesman of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone, ‘A’ Theophilus Duniya, the smugglers mobilised themselves with the support of their sympathisers and attacked the team with dangerous weapons, leading to an exchange of gunfire.

In the process, two of the attackers were reported killed and one suspect was arrested while two customs operatives sustained injuries.

Operatives were able to leave the scene with four of the 12 vehicles laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice earlier intercepted.

Meanwhile, the acting Controller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu, has ordered a full investigation into the incident, saying that such attacks will never deter customs operatives from carrying out their legitimate duties.

Man Shot By Customs In Katsina – Police

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Katsina State Police Command has confirmed the shooting of a man by operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service.

Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, said efforts are in top gear to identify the erring officers and bring them to justice.

While noting that the Commissioner of Police in the state has called for calm in the affected community, he asked residents to go about their lawful businesses.

According to him, the police authorities are working closely with the leadership of the Customs with a view to resolving the problem and bringing perpetrators to book.

The incident occurred when Customs operatives stormed Fadi Gurje village in Mani Local Government Area of the state inside a patrol vehicle.

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They were said to have fired several gun shots into the air.

In the process, a 35-year-old man identified as Auwal Sani was shot on the leg and was rushed to Orthopaedic Hospital in Katsina for treatment.

This is not the first time Customs operatives have shot at civilians in the north-western state.

On September 7, officers of the service shot the convoy of the Katsina State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ya’u Umar Gwajo-Gwajo while leaving his hometown, Mai’adua in Daura Local Government Area.

Similarly in August, 10 people were killed and several others injured after officers of the Nigeria Customs Service in their numbers rammed into a gathering while pursuing a suspected rice smuggler in Jibia town, Katsina State.

Reacting to the tragic incident, Governor Aminu Masari had in reaction threatened to sue the service over the killing of the victims.

The governor also demanded that the victims were compensated with the erring officers prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

Customs Intercept Ammunition Concealed In Cassava Flour Bags

Some of the cartridges impounded by Customs operatives in Oyo State.

 

Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have intercepted live cartridges concealed in bags of cassava flour, popularly known as garri.

The items loaded in three Mazda saloon cars were seized by officers on patrol along the Igbora axis of Oyo State.

On sighting the officers, the drivers were said to have fled into the bush, leaving their vehicles behind.

The Public Relations Officer of the FOU, Theophilus Duniya, confirmed the incident on Monday.

He revealed that the items impounded included 751 pieces of AAA, 70mm live Lion Cartridges, sacks of cassava flour, and sacks of parboiled rice.

A photo released by the customs shows the seized items paraded at the FOU headquarters.

 

Duniya explained that the vehicles, including their content, have been deposited at the unit’s headquarters for further investigation.

Reacting to the seizure, the Acting Customs Comptroller in charge of the FOU, Hussein Ejibunu, called on all patriotic citizens to provide useful and timely information that would help in combating smuggling.

He described smuggling as the mother of all crimes and sought the collaboration of the people to tackle the menace to the barest minimum.

“It is an act of sabotage that should not be allowed to fester for a long time, most especially with the security challenges in the country,” said Ejibunu.

“Information is key and germane towards the fight against this cankerworm called smuggling.”

Customs Receives Scanners To Enhance Operations In Tincan Island Port

A photo of one of the scanners received by the Nigeria Customs Service

 

The Nigeria Customs Service has received mobile scanning machines to enhance operations in the Tincan Island Port Command, Lagos State.

The scanning truck arrived in the Apapa area of the state on Monday and was received by the Area Controller, Comptroller Abdullahi Musa.

According to a statement, the move is a “positive milestone in the service efforts to modernise Customs operations at the port, smooth ease of doing business, facilitate trade and enhance security with easier detection of all prohibited imports.”

A photo released by Customs shows a truck carrying the scanners

 

While receiving the machines, Abdullahi said trained officers on scanning operations will undergo a refresher training to update them on the latest technology.

He thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (retired) for prioritising the command in the delivery.

The Tincan Island Port Command is the second command to receive the scanner after Onne port, Rivers State.

The scanner, a product of Nuctech, with model number MT1213DE was imported from Shanghai in China.

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

A file photo of Customs operatives.

 

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”.