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Customs in Katsina rakes in N3.2bn from seizures



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Customs in Katsina rakes in N3.2bn from seizures

THE Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Border Drill Operation Sector 4, Katsina, said it seized various goods with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N3.2 billion, between January and May 2020.

The sector coordinator, Aliyu Mohammed, said the sector which covers the North West Zone, made 801 seizures within the period under review, in addition to the arrest of eight suspects.

Mohammed who made this known in Kaduna, said the seizures comprise 1,713 bales of new textile, 5,400x 25kg bags of parboiled rice, re-bagged in local bags, 385 packs of Indian hemp, 290 bales of used-clothes and pharmaceutical products and injunction.

Others include 9,735 bags of foreign fertilizer: 15-15 NPk without manufacturer’s address and expiring date, and 1.4m litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS, and diesel. …

Kwara Command recovers N1.2bn

In a similar development, Kwara area command and Strike Force Zone ‘A’ have recovered over N1.2 billion from underpayment receipts and concealments between March and May 2020.

While Kwara area command of the Nigeria Customs Service intercepted about 48 sacks of Cannabis Sativa, otherwise known as Indian Hemp containing about 3,722kg, with a street value of N244.9 million; Strike Force Zone ‘A’ seized sundry trade and contraband items worth more than one million naira.


A source close to the office of the Strike Force coordinator, Assistant Comptroller Kadudi. M, listed the items to include rice, detergent, soaps, shampoo, pasta, tomato paste and second hand clothing.

Other seizures made by the strike force includes tear gas, hand cuffs, vegetable oil, fairly used tires etc.

Kwara Customs Area Controller, Compt. Hassan Ahmed, said renewed strategies and regular stakeholders’ engagement was responsible for the command’s record of impressive seizures.

While handing over the Indian Hemp to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Ahmed said the command and his officers were more than ready to implement government’s zero tolerance to smuggling.

He stated: “When I assumed office as the controller, we engaged traditional rulers, teeming youths and other stakeholders on the dangers of smuggling, most especially dangerous drugs like Marijuana, Tramadol and others.

We have made our territories unfavorable for smugglers of dangerous drugs, foreign rice and other prohibited items, and this has led to the impressive seizure of drugs you are seeing.” NDLEA State Commander, Mr. Ambrose Umoru, commended the customs area controller and his officers and men for their dedication to duty and determination to stop all acts of economic sabotage.

Umoru expressed the determination of his agency to continue to cooperate with the Customs, in order to realize the objectives of the federal government in bringing down drug smuggling.

“We are here to sanitise the state of all criminal acts and we believe that there is need to work together to ensure effective security in the state”, he said. …

JBO Kwara impounds smuggled items worth over N1.1 bn, 64 suspects arrested

In a related development, the Joint Border Operations, JBO, Sector-3 Kwara State, has recorded massive seizures of prohibited items worth over N1.1 billion in Duty Paid Value, DPV, within two months, from May to June 11, 2020.

The seized items according to the Coordinator of JBO, Comptroller Uba, include 17,216 bags of rice; 294 kegs of vegetable oil; 944 drums of AGO; 2,321 Jerry cans of Petrol; 350 bundles of textile materials; 28 bags of foreign fertilizer; 66 cartons of Beer; 50 units of vehicles; 75 motorcycles; 15 sacks of used shoes and 360 tubers of yam, with a total DPV of over N1.1billion, as stated above.

The team also arrested 64 suspects in connection with the seized items.

Unveiling the seizures before reporters in Kwara State, Uba, said his team is working in tandem with the vision of Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, to curb illicit trade in all its ramifications.

He warned smugglers sabotaging government’s effort in growing the economy to desist, or be ready to suffer more losses, as Customs will leave no stone unturned in seizing contraband and arresting smugglers to face the wrath of the law.

He stated: “We have a responsibility to protect our local industries and the entire economy from saboteurs. Our advice is for Nigerians to engage in legitimate trade and commercial activities that will enhance job creation and economic prosperity.”

Speaking further, the Comptroller said his team is battle-ready for un-repentant smugglers and will not hesitate to thwart their antics.


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Oyo/Osun Customs Area Command Records Over Six Billion Naira in May 2024



Oyo/Osun Customs Area Command Records Over Six Billion Naira in May 2024.

Oyo/Osun Customs Area Command Records Over Six Billion Naira in May 2024.

…Makes Seizures with Duty Paid Value of ₦129,854,100.00

By Vivian Daniel

In a demonstration of resilience, the Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, on 13 June 2024, at the operational headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State, announced significant milestones in revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Ben Oramalugo, during a press briefing, stated that the Command generated ₦6,335,842,600 for May 2024.

According to the CAC, cumulatively, when added to the revenue generated from January to April 2024, the sum of ₦30,664,247,939.15 has been generated from January to May 2024. This represents a 5.2% increase compared to the ₦29,154,853,722.73 generated during the same period in 2023.

He noted that in its anti-smuggling operations, the Command witnessed numerous successful operations from April to June 2024, resulting in the seizure of several contraband items with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth ₦129,854,100.00. These items include 504 wraps of Cannabis Sativa weighing 391.9 kg valued at ₦15,814,600.00, 600 bags (50 kg each) of foreign parboiled rice (1 trailer load) valued at ₦50,280,000.00, 274 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) of 25 litres each (6,850 litres in total) valued at ₦5,521,500.00, 123 pieces of used tyres valued at ₦15,648,000.00, one used Mercedes-Benz truck valued at ₦30,000,000.00, and one used Nissan caravan valued at ₦12,590,000.00.

Furthermore, he informed the public that, in line with the policy thrust of the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Adewale Adeniyi and the spirit of interagency collaboration, the Command had received approval to hand over the 546 wraps and 33 sacks of Cannabis Sativa confiscated to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Oyo State Command. He also stated that the Command plans to auction seized PMS due to its flammability.

Comptroller Oramalugo reiterated his stance against the worsening illegitimate trade activities plaguing the nation, appreciating the officers and men of the Oyo/Osun Area Command for their unwavering support, efforts, and proactiveness in hunting down perpetrators. He acknowledged their valuable contributions to the command’s success.

“In tandem with our revenue generation efforts, the Oyo/Osun Area Command has maintained a robust stance against smuggling activities within our jurisdiction. Despite the economic hardships that often exacerbate smuggling tendencies, the officers have remained vigilant and proactive in intercepting illicit goods and apprehending perpetrators,” he said. He also commended the officers for their commitment to duty and professionalism.

He highlighted the awareness campaigns the Command has been conducting for its stakeholders, which have yielded significant results, and the introduction of advanced technology solutions in its operations.

“Our efforts to educate various stakeholders within the Command’s Area of Responsibility (AoR) on the importance of adhering to customs regulations have paid off. We have seen a significant reduction in under-declarations, contributing to the overall increase in revenue. The introduction of advanced technology solutions, such as the Nigeria Customs Service Modernisation Project, has streamlined our processes and enhanced transparency, further boosting our revenue collection capabilities,” he said.

The CAC expressed profound gratitude to the CGC Bashir Adeniyi and his management team for their continuous support, ensuring the core mandates of the service are achieved within Oyo and Osun States.

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Customs Wildlife Unit Engages Stakeholders on Import/Export Regulations



Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Special Wildlife Unit has engaged stakeholders on the need to understand Government policies on wildlife.

The meeting, which was held at the Customs Training College in Lagos on Friday, 07 June 2024, had in attendance freight forwarders within the Murtala Mohammed Airport Environs.

Declaring the event open, the Commandant of the Training College, DC Haniel Hadison, stated that the meeting aligns with the Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi’s directive to ensure that the NCS continues to collaborate with relevant stakeholders.

“This is in line with the Comptroller-General of Customs’s clarion call for collaboration and synergy, “we have stakeholders coming from the airport to the wildlife unit domiciled here at the Customs Training College to deliberate on the way forward. It’s a continuous exercise; this is just the beginning, but it’s a work in progress, “the commandant stated.

The National Coordinator of the Special Wildlife Unit, AC Abimbola Isafiade, highlighted the importance of the meeting, saying, “The freight forwarders have some misconceptions about the activities of the customs; a lot of them think we’re trying to stop their businesses from flowing, and so they wanted to know why there has been a lot of restrictions and their consignments being put on hold”.

“So we have been able to explain to them that some laws have to be complied with before any export or import of wildlife product will be carried out, what the procedures are, as it relates to the shipment, the legal trade in wildlife product and where it is illegal trade, how and why we will not allow it”, Isafiade explained.

She noted that help desk officers have been assigned to their business locations to help make enquiries and lodge their complaints, which will be addressed at the national stakeholders forum, where customs will participate.

The National Coordinator appreciated the CGC and his management team for supporting and encouraging the Special Wildlife Unit of the service.

Stakeholders commended the service for working tirelessly to ensure that things are correctly done and regulations followed.

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Customs plans to Set-up Technical Working Group to Ease Healthcare Cross-Border Movement



Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service is set to establish a technical working group to implement the Memorandum of Understanding of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and World Health Organization (WHO) on clearance of medical goods.

The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, made this known at a Round-table dialogue on the healthcare sector on Friday, 14 June 2024, at the Customs Training College, Ikeja, Lagos.

The CGC acknowledged the importance of the healthcare sector in Nigeria, especially its role in ensuring national security.

He said, “We are here at the instance of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN) to discuss mutual concerns, issues that have bothered the HFN regarding the problems that they encounter in the clearance of medical equipment, particularly life-saving equipment”.

“One of the things we have said is that we need to implement the WCO and WHO’s Memorandum of Understanding on clearance of medical goods, which will involve creating special corridors for those goods; we are not strangers to that. We already have schemes targeted at such sectors”, the CGC explained.

CGC Adeniyi highlighted some of the agreements reached at the meeting, saying, “We will take the first step towards establishing the technical working group, and virtually all the members of the proposed working group are here, so they are already aware”.

“Some of these are things that we can deliver almost immediately if we are talking about processes and procedures, yes, we can deliver those almost immediately, but if we are talking about changing codes and classification, it requires a wider level of consultations, a more robust engagement with the Ministry of Finance and other agencies that are involved”, he emphasised.

The CGC explained that the technical working group will comprise Customs, HFN and other critical stakeholders like the Ministry of Finance, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, office of the National Security Adviser and other stakeholders.

He restated President Bola Tinubu’s vision and passion for ensuring the delivery of a sound healthcare system to Nigerians, “we have a listening ear in government, and we will articulate this position, and hopefully by the next quarter, we could be having some of these delivered”.

The President of HFN, Dr Pamela Ajayi, expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the meeting. She appreciated the service for its quick response to issues affecting the healthcare sector.

“It shows that customs has a listening ear, the willingness to cooperate, to collaborate, to listen to the pains that we have as a healthcare sector”, she said, and the engagement of CGC in terms of quickly setting up this technical working group to work with us, to provide the solution that we need, we are indeed happy. We are grateful to the Customs Service for this”, she concluded.

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