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.

Customs Arrest Man With N2.5m Fake Currency Notes

The arrested suspect with the fake currency notes.

 

Nigeria Customs officials in Ogun Area command 1 on Tuesday arrested a man with fake currency notes worth N2.5million.

The Command’s Area Comptroller, Michael Agbara, said the suspect was arrested  during border drills and as a result of information from members of the borders communities.

Agbara added that the suspect targets innocent citizens who usually change money into new notes.

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“He said they were two and the second man escaped. All these notes are fake, they usually deceive people who want to change new notes. You fall into their hands and then they dupe you.

“This is a highly criminal activity,” Agbara said.

The command also intercepted 40 drums of industrial alcohol – ethanol smuggled into the country through the Idiroko border from Benin Republic.

He condemned the criminal action of smuggling ethanol which according to him is subject to industrial use but the criminals sell it to the public who mix it with water and sell it as alcoholic beverage.

Agbara also said that the ethanol will be subjected to court condemnation while the suspect will be prosecuted.

Reps Ask Customs To Remove Ban On Petrol Supply To Border Communities

The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to lift the ban on the distribution of petroleum products to fuel stations at towns and communities within 20 kilometres of border area in Nigeria.

The House in a motion moved by Representative Sada Soli said the ban is causing untold hardship on people living in these border communities, including Nigerians.

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According to Soli, the order by the customs boss contravenes the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act.

Other lawmakers who seconded Soli’s motion agreed that the border closure is already biting hard on these communities, and denying them petroleum products. They added that this will only worsen the situation.

The NCS in a bid to tackle illegal smuggling had placed a ban on the sale of petroleum products within 20 kilometres of any border area in Nigeria.

Comptroller-General of the Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd.) last week directed that no petroleum products should be supplied to any filling station within 20 kilometres to the border.

Border Closure: Customs Arrest 15 Suspects For Re-Bagging Foreign Rice

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

 

 

The Nigeria Customs Service says it has arrested a syndicate of 15 people who allegedly re-bag foreign rice as local rice for sale to unsuspecting consumers.

The Comptroller of Customs in Adamawa and Taraba States Command, Kamardeen Olumoh, disclosed this on Tuesday when he led Journalists to the scene of the crime at a warehouse in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

According to him, the suspects were found with 900 bags of rice with duty paid value of N14.5 million.

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Olumoh explained that operatives of the command busted the warehouse in conjunction with others from the Federal Operation Units and Strike Force, as part of efforts towards sustaining the fight against smuggling in the country.

He revealed that 15 people, including the manager and labourers at the warehouse, were rounded up by the security operatives while carrying out their nefarious act.

Thereafter, the comptroller proceeded with the reporters to the Customs Headquarters in Yola where it has seized a truckload of grains intercepted by operatives along the Mubi-Yola Road.

He said investigation revealed that the truck was also carrying foreign rice re-bagged as local rice concealed under bags of beans with a duty paid value of N10.3 million.

Three suspects were also arrested in the process and all the arrested suspects would be prosecuted, Olumoh added.

While the Nigerian Government has since closed its borders with neighbouring countries, the comptroller described the activities of smugglers as sabotage.

He, therefore, warned smugglers that Adamawa and Taraba States remain no go areas for them as the Command would soon embark on raiding markets in search of smuggled foreign rice.

Olumoh also appealed to market heads to caution their members against the sale of foreign rice as a way of supporting local farmers who have the capacity of feeding the nation.

We Have Saved N1.4bn, Arrested Over 460 Smugglers, Migrants Since Border Closure – Customs CG

A file photo of Customs operatives.

 

 

The Nigeria Customs Service says Nigeria has saved N1.4 billion naira since the partial closure of the nation’s borders.

Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), announced this while addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to him, a total of 317 suspected smugglers and 146 illegal migrants were also arrested during the period.

The Customs boss insisted that the partial border closure was yielding the desired results as the nation’s consumption of petroleum products has dropped by 10.2 million litres.

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Thousands were said to have been left stranded as reports of the closure of the nation’s borders emerged in late August.

In its reaction, the Nigerian government denied closure of the borders but explained that it was carrying out a joint operation at various locations involving Customs operatives and that of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) among others.

The Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, in an earlier interview with Channels Television, said, “There is no border closure but there was a border drill and there was an announcement from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).”

On August 28, President Muhammadu Buhari met with his counterpart from Benin Republic Patrice Talon, in Japan where he confirmed that there was a partial closure of Nigeria’s borders with his country.

He attributed the development to the massive smuggling activities that have taken place on that corridor.

The President said Nigeria has saved huge sums of money which would otherwise have been expended on importing rice using the nation’s scarce foreign reserves.

The development was welcomed by the Senate which commended President Buhari for his decision to temporarily close all land borders to address smuggling and its impact on the Nigerian economy.

Members of the lawmaker, during a plenary in September, urged the Customs and other security agencies to intensify efforts at tackling smuggling across the borders.

Some senators had, however, called on the government to be more mindful of the effects of border closure on Nigerians, especially as it relates to the price of food.

Customs Hands Over Intercepted Military Hardware To US Govt

 

The Nigeria Government has handed over six Mine-Resistant and All-Terrain Armoured Military Vehicles (MRTV) intercepted in August, to the American government.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony, the Comptroller of Customs in charge of Adamawa and Taraba States, Kamardeen Olumoh, said it is in line with a directive from the National Security Adviser to release the vehicle to the American Government.

“There is no doubt that somethings were left undone and of course, diplomacy will always reign supreme and perhaps that’s why the directive came that all things are sorted out and we should ensure compliance and ensure we assist in all possible ways to ensure that they are evacuated.”

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In appreciation, the Deputy Chief of Missions, Embassy of United States of America in Nigeria Kathleen FitzGibbon thanked the Nigerian government for its understanding and for securing the vehicles.

“I’m sorry that we have caused some inconvenience and the next few days will be interesting on how we are going to move them out in terms of logistics. Your patience, flexibility, I can’t tell you how grateful we are.”

The six Mine-Resistant Military Vehicles were intercepted by a combined team of security agencies in August this year in Konkol, Maiha local government of Adamawa state, a border community on the Nigeria Cameroon border.

The trucks were intercepted while transiting from Cameroon to Niger via the Nigerian border.

20-Year-Old Student Killed After Customs Seize Vehicle From Smugglers

Nigeria-Customs-Service-headquater-in-Abuja
File photo of Nigeria Customs Service office.

 

A 20-year-old secondary school student has been killed after a Mercedes Benz ML rammed into a group of people.

The vehicle had been intercepted by men of the Customs Service in Ogun State, from smugglers.

Customs Public Relations Officer, Abdulahi Maiwada, who confirmed the incident, said it happened when students of the Ojumo Community Secondary School were closing from school.

According to him, three others sustained injuries.

“Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service Ogun Command on routine patrol intercepted a vehicle (Mercedes Benz ML) suspected to have been smuggled into Nigeria,” he said.

“In the process of conveying the said vehicle driven by an Officer of the Service fully escorted by official patrol vehicle, an okada man conveying a passenger crossed their path.

“In a swift response by the driver to avoid collusion with the Okada rider, he lost control and rammed into some group of people coincidentally on a market day of Ihumbo Community.

“Unfortunately one of the victims, a 20-year-old student of Ojumo Community Secondary School named Opeyemi Odusinan, instantly died and three people sustained various degrees of injuries.”

According to the statement, two of those injured have been discharged from the hospital with the third person, identified as Sunday Adeniyi, is still receiving treatment at the General Hospital Idiroko.

The command expressed its condolences to the family, school and friends of the deceased.

It also prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the ‘irreparable loss’.

Furthermore, the command stated that it is working assiduously to carter for those who had sustained injuries.

It, however, condemned those it described as mischief makers for taking advantage of the situation to attack Customs vehicles.

Border Closure: We Must Do Something Drastic To Stop Smuggling – Customs Boss

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, has decried the spate of smuggling across the country calling for concerted efforts in curbing the menace.

 

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, has decried the spate of smuggling across the country calling for concerted efforts in curbing the menace.

Speaking to journalists during his operational visit to Idiroko border in Ogun State, Ali noted that said the nation’s border posts will remain closed indefinitely until such a time movement of goods and persons as established by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol are strictly adhered to.

The Customs boss also dismissed some insinuations that the closure was meant to be in force within 28 days.

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He explained that decision was taken to checkmate the proliferation of firearms, importation of contraband and other illegal activities by unpatriotic individuals along the land borders.

“Smuggling is an offence; many of you may not accept it that smuggling is an offence. Any illicit thing you bring into this country has a way the consequences on our economy, security and well-being.

“We have gotten to a point whereby we must do something drastic in order to stop this. Otherwise, we will be finished,” he said.

Speaking further, Ali explained that criminals have been better equipped following the smuggling of weapons into the country.

He added, “Kidnapping, banditry is everywhere. Those doing that is not because they are stronger than me and you, but because they have guns in their hands. If it is man to man, many of them will not be on the streets.”

Court Awards N5.5bn Damages Against Customs

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has awarded damages amounting to over N5.5billion against the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Chairman, Nigerian Customs Service Board (NCSB) over their unlawful seizure of 90 containers of rice imported by a firm, Maggpiy Trading TFZE.

Maggpiy stated in its suit, claimed that on March 18, 2017, officials of the NCS invaded and sealed up its warehouse in the Tinapa Free Trade Zone (TFTZ), Calabar, containing over 90containers of rice stored in air-tight containers.

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The plaintiff averred that in addition to sealing its warehouse with its content, officials of the NCS stole part of the seized rice and detained its 40 trucks, containing 317 transit containers of rice, destined for the Tinapa Free Trade Zone, without lawful justification for 120 days along Onne, Port-Harcourt road.

Delivering judgment on the suit, Justice Inyang Ekwo upheld the plaintiff’s claims and held that the 1st and 2nd respondents – NCS and the Chairman, NCSB – acted unlawfully and without any justification in law.

Justice Ekwo rejected the defence raised by the NCS and the Chairman, NCSB and their attempt to justify their actions as he faulted the 1st and 2nd defendants’ claim that the plaintiff, in importing rice, acted outside its operating licence which was for the plaintiff to trade in food and beverages in Tinapa Free Trade Zone.

Customs Officer Who Promoted Himself To CG, Undergoing Medical Examination – Attah

 

A Customs officer, Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Nura Dahiru, is currently undergoing medical examination for promoting himself to the rank of Comptroller-General and wearing the rank of a Deputy Comptroller General, to the Customs Headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

According to the Public Relations Officer of NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, a doctor was invited when the officer from Katsina state, visited the Customs CG, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) in his office and asked to take over as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari according to him.

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He stated that Mr Dahiru was arrested after questions were asked and it showed that he was not in the right frame of mind.

“An ASC1 Officer by name Nura Dalhatu from Katsina state, Promoted himself to the Rank of CGC & Visited the Comptroller General (Col. Hameed Ali) in his office to take over as the new CGC as directed by the president according to him. He has since been arrested.

“From questions and answers that followed, it was obvious that he was not in the right frame of mind, so a Doctor was immediately invited.

“He is presently undergoing a medical examination at the medical unit of the service,” he added.