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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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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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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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