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Ogun State – Customs seizes 11,820 cutlasses, 55 sacks of Indian hemp, others

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Ogun State Customs cutlasses imported from Ghana

Ogun State – Customs seizes 11,820 cutlasses, 55 sacks of Indian hemp, others

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun I Area Command, has declared the confiscation 11,820 units of cutlasses imported from Ghana into the country by suspected smugglers.

The cutlasses, intercepted and seized at a border community in the state, were concealed in 197 cartoons, containing 60 units each.

The Area Controller of NCS in Ogun, Michael Agbara, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the Command during the second quarter at the Idiroko Border Post, Ipokia Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, the cutlasses are being used as dangerous weapons in communal clashes, saying smugglers had frequently attacked customs operatives using machetes.

Agbara disclosed the anti-smuggling drive of the Command had yielded positive results in the period under review with the 439 seizures involving 130 units of vehicles which included 2018 Model Black Mercedes Benz AMG G63 (bulletproof).

He disclosed that the Command generated N19,598,500 billion revenue in the second quarter, while the Duty Paid Value on the seizures was put at N500.766 million.

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The Controller furtherance explained that the Command generated the amount despite the closure of borders, which had ‘shut down the Command’s means of revenue generation.’

He said the operatives also confiscated 11, 841 bags of foreign rice (50kg); 98,200 litres of PMS; 1,950 litres of diesel; 3,250 litres of kerosene and 3,204 cartons of frozen poultry products.

Other seized items are 55 sacks of Cannabis Sativa; 40 drums of ethanol (Alcoholic spirit); 39 units of motorcycle used as means of conveyance; 11 bales and 40 packs of secondhand clothing and 100 pairs of used shoes.

Agbara, however, insisted that the operatives of the Command would not be deterred from performing their duties despite the attacks by the smugglers.

‘The Command will continue to dialogue, engage, sensitise and educate the public on social/economic implications of smuggling as well as performing the statutory function of enforcing compliance in line with government fiscal policies.

‘We wish to reiterate that the continued attack on operatives of NCS and other sister agencies will not deter us from the performance of our legitimate duties,’ Agbara declared.

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FG Inaugurates Transition Management Team to Oversee the Handing Over of ICT Services to NCS

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FG Inaugurates Transition Management Team to Oversee the Handing Over of ICT Services to NCS

On the 28th of October, 2005, an agreement was reached by the Federal Government and Messrs. Web Fontaine Consortium (WFC), for provision, installation, operation and management of IT, Telecommunication Hardware and Software, Training and much more. These systems would enable the Nigeria Customs Service to better facilitate trade and boost revenue collection.

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Today, the Transition Monitoring Team was inaugurated to oversee the handing over of ICT Services provided by Webb Fountaine Nigeria Limited to the Nigeria Customs Service.

Our Correspondent, Abdulkareem Zurmi, has more on the event, which took place at the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

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Customs National PRO Addresses Misleading Information on Recruitment

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Customs National PRO Addresses Misleading Information on Recruitment

Reports have reached the Nigeria Customs Service on misleading information concerning zonal venues for the scheduled batch of recruitment screening, which was supposedly signed by Acting Deputy Comptroller General, Mohammed Boyi.

The Customs National PRO, DC Joseph Attah, cleared the air, stating that the Nigeria Customs Service Training and Doctrine Command Gwagwalada, remains the only screening venue.

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The Customs National PRO advised the public to be vigilant, as fraudulent antics such as this are just a means to extort money from gullible members of the public.

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Clarification on venue for the scheduled Nigeria Customs Service recruitment screening exercise

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Clarification on venue for the scheduled Nigeria Customs Service recruitment screening exercise.

The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has again been drawn to a misleading zonal venues for the scheduled batch of recruitment screening, supposedly signed by the Chairman of the screening committee, Ag. DCG Mohammed Boyi.

The NCS Public Relations Officer, DC Joseph Attah said that some fraudsters are bent on misleading the Candidates, possibly to extort money from them.

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‘’For the avoidance of doubt, the only venue for this batch of screening remains as advertised in the National dailies, NCS Training and Doctrine Command, ( NCS TRADOC ) Gwagwalada.
All the Candidates are expected to report there on the dates allocated to their states’’ He added.

Visit the Nigeria Customs Service website www.customs.gov.ng or the Facebook page for the soft copy of the advertisement for guidance.

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