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Customs Report: Smuggled Items worth N17.6bn seized by the customs in Q1

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Customs Report: Smuggled Items worth N17.6bn seized by the customs in Q1

1,553 various smuggled items of Duty Paid Valued at N17.6billion has been seized by the Nigerian Customs Service(NCS) in the first quarter(Q1) of 2020 all over its commands.

According to the statistics obtained by the News  Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Mr. Joseph Attah, Nigerian Customs’ Public Relations Officer, this was made known.

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465 contraband items worth N2.5billion, duty paid was seized by smugglers in the month of January.

Following the statistics, 679 items of duty paid valued at N14.5 billion, were seized by smugglers in the month of January across all customs commands.

It stated that in March, 429 various seized smuggled items worth N545.8 million were also confiscated by officers and men of the service.

Attah assured that the service would sustain its anti-smuggling operations and support activities at boosting non-oil revenue for national development.

 

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Customs Seizes Over 200 Motorcycles From Suspected Bandits in Katsina

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Katsina Area Command has intercepted 202 motorcycles from suspected bandits in Katsina State between August and September 2021.

The Acting Areq Controller of the s Command, DC Chedi Wada revealed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Katsina.

Chedi said that the motorcycles, mostly Boxers and Jencheng models, were impounded around forests close to border areas.

He said “We suspected that the motorcycles were used for conveyance of petrol, food items and smuggled items to bandits in the forest.

“Most of the people we seized the machines took to their heels and no one came to claim the motorcycles,’’ the controller added.

Wada also said the command is working tirelessly in ensuring that no contraband or illegal item is brought into the country through any of the borders in the state.

He further said that “The fight against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other forms of crimes and criminal acts in the state and the country in general is a collective effort”.

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NCS Western Marine Commands Intercepts Cannabis Sativa, Expired Drugs, Others Worth Over N1 Billion

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The Nigeria Customs Service Western Marine Command has intercepted 232 sacks of Cannabis Sativa also known as Marijuana with an average of 46Kg per sack giving an estimated total weight of 10,672Kg.

The acting Customs Area Controller, DC Enonche Ochiba disclosed during a briefing with the media at the Command that, the Street Value of the Marijuana stood at One Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira (N1, 120,560,000.00) only.

Similarly, Operatives of the Command while on Stop and Search operations along the waterways at Pashi of Yekeme axis discovered some powder substances suspected to be heroine concealed in a carton of Indomie noodles. One (1) suspect in connection with the seizure was arrested.

The powder was later sent for laboratory test for analysis and it was certified to be heroin weighing a total of 1.52Kg valued at Forty Million, Eight Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Eight Hundred and Forty One Naira and Two Kobo (N40, 860,841.02k) only.

He also said,a team of patrol while on credible intelligence along Abumbum-Ojo waterways accosted and intercepted sacks suspected to contain drugs.

The sacks were evacuated to the base and upon physical examination, they were found to contain the following drugs that have expired on the 27 April 2017 with the total value of Sixty Two Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand , Seven Hundred and Ninety Four Naira (N 62,252,794.00) only.

The breakdown are:
a. 817 Bottles of B-Vital
b. 1,158 Bottles of Kordy-capsule
c. 3,110 Bottles of Double Ginseng
d. 619 Bottles of Detoxin
e. 607 Bottles of B-care
f. 198 Sachets of Ninhuang Jeedu pian
g. 1,200 Sachets of St Formula
h. 475 Bottles of Apetamin Syrup
i. 7 Bottles of Spinsure Table
j. 17 Bottles of Danshen Plus
k. 7 Bottles of Arthro capsule
l. 13 Bottles of Spinsore Pill
m. 123 Bottles of Chitomeal
n. Bundles of printed labels of Double Ginseng with Batch no. DG 04021 with MFG Date: 29042021 and expiring Date of 28042024.


He states, “the issue of concern on this arrest is that these expired drugs might have found its way into our Nigerian markets if not intercepted by our operatives. The smuggler intend to replace the expired labels with a new labels carrying new manufacturing and expiry date as it can be seen on the bundles of printed labels of Double Ginseng accompanying the seized consignment. The new printed label is carrying 29042021 and 28042024 as manufacturing and expiry date respectively”.

Revealing the unrelenting efforts of the operatives, Ochiba said, while on official patrol the Team intercepted Packs of drugs at Yekeme axis. Upon examination, it was found to contain 45 packs of 225mg Tramadol Hydrochloride Tablets with total value of Nine Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty Four Naira and Two Kobo (N954,934.02k).

Other seizures made within this period are:
Eight Hundred and Eighty Three (883) Bags of 50Kg Foreign Parboiled Rice, Forty Nine (49) Sacks of Used Shoes, Forty Four (44) Sacks of New Shoes, 245 Kegs x 25ltrs of PMS, One (1) 40Hp Yamaha outboard engine.
Six (6) Bales and Three (3) Sacks of Second hand clothing and bags.

In a related development, on Friday 9 July 2021; the Nigerian Navyship Beecroft handed over 162 x50Kg Bags of smuggled Foreign Rice intercepted at Lagos offshore, though no arrest was made as the smugglers dived into the sea on sighting the Navy Patrol Team. The DPV of the seizure is Five Million, One Hundred and Eighty Four Thousand Naira (5,184,000.00) only.

He said, “Let me use this medium to commend the Nigerian Navy for their support towards the anti-smuggling drive of the Command. This seizure is a symbol of cordial working relationship with Sister Agencies and also depict that the Security Agencies have no overlapping functions in the discharge of our statutory responsibilities.
It is in the spirit of inter-agency collaboration that I am handing over the Cannabis Sativa, Heroin and the arrested suspect to the Area Commander NDLEA, Apapa Special Area Command”


The Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the Seizures under review is One Billion, Two Hundred and Sixty Five Million, Eight Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Eight Hundred and Nine Naira and Four Kobo(#1, 265,830,809.04) only.

He reiterated that the action of the operatives is in line with the Provisions of Section 149 (Powers to search vehicles/ships and Section 158 (Power to Patrol Freely) of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 as amended.

The drugs however have been handed to the NDLEA, through the Area Commander, Apapa Special Command, Samuel Gazama.

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Insecurity: CGC Harps on Synergy Among Sister Agencies

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CGC Harps on Synergy Among Sister Agencies

The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (RTD) has emphasised the need for collaboration amongst security agencies towards combating security threats facing Nigeria.

The CGC was represented at the event by Assistant Comptroller General of Customs Adewale Adeniyi.

The event which took place at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State is a strategic convergence of security experts aimed at proffering solutions to the Insecurity threats bedevilling Nigeria.

ACG Adeniyi delivered a keynote address on behalf of the CGC with the title “Nigeria’s Security and Law Enforcement Agencies and the Challenges of Policy and Program Implementation: The Nigeria Customs Perspective”.

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He highlighted the numerous efforts made by the Nigeria Customs Service towards combating security threats in the country while speaking to the 43 participants of the Senior Executive Course.

He said “To contend with the numerous border and national security challenges in the country, especially with the rising tide in terrorist activities and bandits across the country. Customs has been making tremendous efforts to reposition the policy implementation nomenclature for enhanced operational efficiency”.

“Despite the commitment of Customs towards bringing about peace and security, the emergent security threats are still potent enough and needs additional strategies to mitigate” he added.

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, was also a guest lecturer and he also keyed into the importance of synergy in these times.

“Nigeria is facing asymmetric war, which is a very serious conflict and if asymmetric war has dealt with other countries and held them for one or two decades, Nigeria is not an exception and the only way is to face this head-on” he stated.

At end of the conversation, sister security agencies agreed that they need to work together for peace to reign in the country.

 

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