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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, Cameroon Border Bridge to Facilitate Free Trade

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Nigeria, Cameroon Border Bridge to Facilitate Free Trade

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has said the construction of a new double lane bridge on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon will facilitate free trade.

Fashola said this on Monday while inspecting the newly constructed 1.5km, two-lane bridge on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon in Ekot-Mfum, Etung Local Government Area of Cross River.

The construction of the bridge began on April 28, 2017, and was completed in March 2021 at the cost of $35.9 billion.

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The construction of the bridge which was funded by both countries will also strengthen relations between the two countries and improve cross-border security.

He said that the administration’s plan to renew and expand old infrastructure would take the two countries to the future for many more decades and strengthen the relationship between them.

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Clarification on the Published List of Shortlisted Candidates for NCS Final Recruitment

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NCS Western Marine Exchanges Baton, Welcomes Deputy Compt. Enonche Ochiba

Following different interpretations being given to the list of shortlisted candidates for final recruitment screening published today in SUN, D’TRUST AND NATION Newspapers, there is the need to state clearly that today’s list is a supplementary list of names of those to be screened and therefore, does not contain the list of successful candidates from the last screening.

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The list of final successful candidates for enlistment into the service will be out after this exercise and will be a combination of successful candidates from both screenings.
DC, JOSEPH ATTAH
PUBLIC Relations Officer,
NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE

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Half Year Report: NCS Generates Over N229 Billion at Tincan Island Port

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Half Year Report: NCS Generates Over N229 Billion at Tincan Island Port

The Tincan Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated a total of N229,321,865,091.16 in revenue from January to June, 2021.

This is an increase of N52.07 billion compared to the N177,249,503,426.94 generated in the first half of 2020.

According to the performance report by the Area Controller, Comptroller MBA Musa, the Command in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, made a seizure of cocaine concealed in 40 bags of raw sugar packaged in bulk.

The Command also Seized two automatic rifles with 164 rounds of live ammunition and have since been handed over to the DSS.

Other items seized include military uniform and used clothing with a Duty Paid Value of N81,857,831.00, among others.

In the area of Export, the total value of commercial goods exported through Tincan Ports within the period under review is N66,294,630,421.00 and a total volume of 100,800.3 metric tons.

The report also showed that Cocoa beans were the highest export commodity with a value of N27,723,651,475.00 while stainless steel was the lowest with a value of N4,000,500.00.

‘’In the meantime, the port access and terminal access roads are undergoing construction, the Command has continued to facilitate the use of Barge as an alternative means of transport for the movement of customed cargo in

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line with international best practices, helping to maintain business and flow in the customs clearance process’’ he said.

He further said that while the Command is optimistic for better performance ratings, the implementation of the e-Customs project and the installation of smart technology at the ports will be a turning point in the digitalization of customs processes and procedures and will significantly boost the Command’s capacity to enforce compliance and generate revenue in line with international best practices.

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