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ANLCA Rejects Concessioning Of Customs Scanners To Foreigners

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ANLCA Rejects Concessioning Of Customs Scanners To Foreigners

The Vice President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Kayode Farinto, has stood against the concessioning of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) scanning machines to foreign companies at the seaports.

According to Farinto, the Federal Government should look at the issue critically on three grounds, which include security, morality, and economy of the nation.

On security, he said it would be too dangerous to leave the manning of Nigeria’s scanning machines in the hands of foreigners.

He said now that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the procurement of the scanning machines, some people are lobbying to ensure that foreigners are given the contract to operate the scanning machines. Farinto also said that in the last few years, NCS has been doing 100 percent manual cargo examination, which takes eagle eyes or third eyes to discover most of the discrepancies and others in the system.

 

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He added: “I remember some years back when some arms and ammunition were discovered in Nigeria. It was narrowed down to some hyenas, there were the importers and also there were cleaning agents and that was why it was possible.

Now if you allow foreigners to man our machines, the security implications of it won’t be too good for Nigeria as a country.”

He said a few years back, some Customs officers were trained in the area of scanning machines, urging Federal Government to allow the Customs personnel handle the issues of operation of the scanning machines because they were the ones trained to read what is called image analysis. He stated that “Customs officers have been trained to man scanning operations to be able to know or discover if there is discrepancy during cargo clearance.

We should be patriotic not allow some people that want to collect a percentage from foreigners and now say give it to foreigners. It is not too good.

“However, it can be done in this way, allow Customs officers to operate the scanning machines but when it comes to technical maintenance, that is if we do not have indigenous engineers that can service the machines, you can now bring in experts abroad. But Nigeria has risen to the level where we can produce indigenous engineers that can maintain our scanning machines.”

He, therefore, urged the Federal Government not to fall into the hands of those people such as politicians clamoring that the issue of scanning machines should be given to foreigners.

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Customs: KLT Command Generates N15.7bn in 9 Months

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The Customs Area Controller of KLT Command, Comptroller M.O. Oladunni on Tuesday informed members of the media, that the command had generated fifteen point seven billion naira by the end of September 2020 already surpassing the fifteen point one billion made for the year 2019.

This significant increase was achieved despite the pre and post Covid-19 pandemic effects.

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During the media briefing the following seizures were also displayed;
* 1 x 40 ft. laden with 254 cartons of tramadol (100mg) concealed with other drugs.
* 1x 40 ft. laden with used tyres
* 1 x 40 ft. laden with foreign pasta products
* 1x 40 laden with aerosols.
* 1 x 40 ft. laden with tomato ketchup.
* 1x 40 ft. laden with hydro generated oil.
* 1 x 40 ft. laden with foreign bags of rice, condiments and Shawarma bread

With duty paid value of over 229 million naira.
The area controller appreciated all stakeholders for using the KLT Command facilities despite the numerous challenges encountered but urged them to be honest with their declarations in order to enjoy seamless operations at the command.

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Customs: Patrol Officers of Kano/Jigawa Area Command Attacked

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Officers of Kano/Jigawa Customs Area Command’s Roving Team “B” were attacked while returning to the Command Headquarters at about 0445 hours.

This happened along Ringim Axis, Kano-Hadejia Road in Jigawa State on Sunday, 25th October, 2020.

As a result of the attack by armed men, one officer, Inspector of Customs, JD Dadut was shot and killed. Assistant Inspector of Customs, ZR Saleh, also sustained a gunshot injury.

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Two AK47s rifles belonging to the deceased and wounded officers were carted away by armed men.

The incident was reported to Divisional Police Station, Ringim, Jigawa State for appropriate action. Meanwhile the wounded officer is responding to treatment at a medical facility.

Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Nasir Ahmed, expressed his sadness over the loss of the hardworking officer, describing the attack as unpatriotic and a distraction from the Command’s resolve to ensure the well-being of Nigerians.

He further charged his men to remain focused on discharging their duties to the nation.

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Nigeria Customs office adamawa Under attack by hoodlums

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Suspected Hoodlums, on Monday, looted Adamawa Custom Office, the eye witness said hoodlums where seen in their numbers breaking anything that stand in their way, carting away consumable and non-consumable items.

 

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