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N1.2billion Cannabis has been intercepted by the Nigeria Customs service

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N1.2billion Cannabis has been intercepted by the Nigeria Customs service

Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) has intercepted drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa valued at N1.2billion

According to the State made by Comptroller Olughoyega Petres, Controller of the Command, on Thursday , he disclosed that the seizure was made during a seagoing patrol on Lagos water.

Comptroller Olugboyega described the seizure as the “Largest single seizure” of such drug on the waters in the history of Nigeria Customs.

He explained that his men relied on intelligence and carried out round the clock surveillance for a period of three days before swooping on the target area where the seizure was made.

According to him, the suspected smugglers seen from afar with the drugs dived into water to escape upon sighting customs officers approaching to make the seizure.

“The drugs were suspected to be coming from Ghana and had passed other countries by water before getting to Shashi area of Lagos where it was seized.

“Since no suspect was arrested in connection with the seizure, it will be liable to destruction in collaboration with relevant government agencies like National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Nigeria Police,” he said.

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Peters said that the command had achieved 39 seizures within the first four months of the year, which is higher than 12 seizures made within the same period of 2019.

He said that the command made seizures with a total duty paid value of N1,063,427,800 which was higher than DPV of N36,420,481.46 achieved within the same period of last year.

He listed the breakdown of the 2020 seizures made so far as 1,816 bags of rice valued at N38,134,375; 733 cartons of poultry products worth N7,421,625; and 104 bales of second hand clothing worth N4,393,400.

They also include 665 bales of textile materials worth N2,094,400 and 112 kegs of 25 liter petroleum products valued at N112,000.

Other seizures listed are, 25 bales of second hand shoes and belts worth N8,019,000; 25 cartons of chewing gum worth N1,203,000 and the unprecedented seizure of cannabis

The Comptroller attributed the seizure recorded to the renewed spirit of work amongst officers and men of the command to achieve the Comptroller General of Customs strategic plan of zero tolerance to smuggling.

He also attributed it to high level of intelligence gathering and enhanced customs community relations.

Peters said this was in addition to close collaboration with other government agencies like the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, among othersnan.

 

 

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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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