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PRESS RELEASE – 2019 Financial Record of Nigeria Customs Service

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Press Release - 2019 Report - Nigeria Customs Service

A Whooping N1,341,690,568,327.18 was Generated in 2019 – “Col. Hameed Ali (Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service)”

PRESS RELEASE – Nigeria Customs Service generated the sum of N1,341,690,568,327.18 for the year 2019. Amount generated is over the target of N937,286,121,586.00 set for the year 2019 and N139,241,835,082.29 over the sum of N1,202,448,733,244.89 generated in 2018. Commenting on this feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) described it as a result of the resolute pursuit of what is right rather than being populist by compromising national interest on the altar of individual or group interests.

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The service revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise annually as the ongoing reforms in the Service insists on:

  • Strategic deployment of officers strictly using the standard operating procedure.
  • Strick enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department.
  • Automation of the Customs process thereby eliminating vices associated with the manual process.
  • Robust stakeholder sensitization resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance.
  • Increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above selves.
  • The partial border closure which has forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports raised revenue collection from ports.

Before the commencement of the border drill on 20th August 2019, revenue generation was between N4 billion to N5 billion but now NCS generates between N5 billion to N7 billion daily.
The partial border closure is a decisive action against the challenging issue of trans-border crime and criminalities, fueled by the noncompliance to ECOWAS Protocol on the transit of goods by neighboring Countries.NCS hopes that the ongoing discussions with our neighbours will yield permanent solutions to the challenges of border security.

The Service wishes to express its readiness to strictly implement the outcome of the ongoing diplomatic engagements.
In the same vein, the Service efforts to prevent the entry of items that could compromise the security of our citizens, the National Economy and the well being of our people resulted in the seizures of 30,906 assorted items with a duty paid value of N62,134,426,199.00.

These seizures include arms, ammunition, illicit drugs, used clothing, vegetable oil, frozen poultry, and foreign rice among others that have grave consequences on the economic security and well being of Nigerians.
While we give our assurances of total commitment to the course of nation-building, we call on Nigerians, especially the business community to support the NCS on the ongoing drive to robustly contribute to National Security and create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the country.

Signed:
DC, Joseph Attah
Public Relations Officer
For: Comptroller-General of Customs.

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Nigeria Customs Service React to Misleading Video on Social Media

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Social media has been the defacto place for consuming information around the globe, especially when it comes to news. However, some reports have the ability to be misleading.

In that regard, a video circulating on social media has made suggestions that the Nigeria Customs Service is destroying properties belonging to Clearing Agents at Seme Border.

However, the statement released by the National PRO of Customs DC Joseph Attah stated that the land was allocated to the Clearing Agents on a temporary basis. An agreement between them cited that, when the Service was in need of said land, they will exit the premises. This, they said, is in a bid to provide adequate accommodation for its Officers to avoid having to take houses that might belong to smugglers.

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According to the Service, a quit notice was also made available, they said, lasting over a year. The Clearing Agents complied with said directive and removed all valuables from the premises.

In order to avoid spread of misinformation, the Service has urged the general public to disregard the video and efforts are underway to track the fabricator.

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Nigeria Customs Service Inform Public on Steps Being Taken for AfCFTA

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Any plan needs time, consideration and utmost deliberation in order to move smoothly.

That said, the Nigeria Customs Service intends to take steps for the smooth and full implementation of AfCFTA. Understanding the roles and responsibilities of all those involved will be of great importance going forward.

This was in a statement made by the National PRO of Customs, Joseph Attah, who also thought it wise to inform the public of their plans going forward.

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He further reiterated Nigeria Customs Service willingness as well as readiness to fulfil their roles as trade facilitators and, with the move to automated systems, also seek to integrate all data associated with AfCFTA, ensuring easy access, deployment and use.

While they await other factors to be met, like list of Non-liberalized exclusive goods at regional level, list of liberalized national trade offers amongst others, the National PRO assured the public that the Nigeria Customs Service is ready, even at the shortest notice, to fully deploy their services. “Our desire to imbue trust in the system while guaranteeing the economic safety and wellbeing of businesses within the country”.

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Customs Officials Escape Death in Gbaji

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Customs Officials Escape Death

Nigeria Customs Officials should count themselves lucky, as they barely escaped and inferno in Gbaji Checkpoint along Lagos Badagry Express Way, leading to popular Seme Border Post. The unfortunate incident occurred on Wednesday, 13th of January 2021.

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The cause? Investigation reveals that a volkswagen Golf car had lost control, descending from Gbaji Bridge and eventually colluded with an incoming motorcycle, leading to explosion. Another car, a Toyota Camry, was burnt to a crisp along the Nigeria Customs Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ checkpoint. When Contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service Seme Area Command ASC I Hussaini Abdullahi Confirmed the incident. He stated that


“Luckily, no life was lost apart from minor injuries sustained by the occupants in the aforementioned vehicles”

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"Also found worthy of honour was Bashir Abubakar, an Asst Comptroller-General of Customs, who rejected a bribe of $412,000 per container offered him by drug traffickers seeking to bring 40 containers of Tramadol into Nigeria. A fine example of incorruptibility, worthy of emulation"

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