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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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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 Checkpoint at Agbara Attacked by Suspected Hoodlums

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On Wednesday, 21 October, 2O2O at about 17:45pm, the Nigeria Customs approved checkpoint at Agbara was allegedly attacked and burnt down by suspected hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests .

This was disclosed by Customs Public Relations Officer ASC1 Hussaini Abdullahi.

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According to him, the suspected hoodlums looted the 38X50kg bags of seized foreign parboiled rice awaiting transfer to Government warehouse in Seme that could not be moved earlier due to the blockage of roads by the
protesters.

The Officer in charge of the checkpoint at Agbara had earlier ensured that official vehicles and rifles were moved to safety, including officers.

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