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BEING A MEDIA BRIEFING ON SCORECARD OF NCS JBOD

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SCORECARD OF NCS JBOD

BEING A MEDIA BRIEFING ON SCORECARD OF NCS JBOD

FOR THE PERIOD OF 12TH OCTOBER, 2020 TO DATE

BY COORDINATOR JOINT BORDER OPERATIONS DRILL (JBOD) SECTOR 3 COMPT. O PETERS pss (+) dSS ON 19th NOVEMBER, 2020.

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I’m delighted to welcome you this afternoon to Joint Border Operations Drill Headquarters, Ilorin. The Joint Border Operation Drill (JBOD) Sector 3 covers four (4) States, namely; Niger, Kwara, Kogi and Benue States.

 

The border closure, codenamed ‘Exercise SWIFT Response’ which is being led by the Nigerian Customs Service comprising of  Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air force, Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security Services and National Intelligence Agency. It is coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) with a view to curtailing the smuggling of goods in and out of the country, as well as ensuring compliance with existing ECOWAS trade rules, hence, intended to boost National economy and strengthen border security. It is saddled with responsibility of enforcing Federal Government Fiscal Policies on partial border closure.

 

I resumed as the Coordinator of this Sector on the 12th October, 2020, determined to build on the successes recorded by my predecessor. In a bid to implement the Federal Government Fiscal Policies on Border closure, all agencies in JBOD are working together, towards ensuring that no stone is left unturned against all forms of Smuggling, Human trafficking, including proliferation of Arms and Ammunition, control and other prohibited items in and out of the country.

 

 

Section 8, 46, 146, 147, 149, 150, 158 and 169 of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) CAP C45 of LFN 2004 as amended, gives power to Customs officers the power of a Police officer, Seized good, Examine, Search Premises, Vehicles, People, Patrol freely and forfeiture of goods respectively. Section 3 of Customs and excise (special penal and other provision) act Cap 47 of LFN 2004, says being in possession of smuggled items is an offence.

 

Part of the strategies deployed in enforcing the said powers within my short stay had led to Sixty (65) Seizures of different items. These include-:

 

  • 4 Single Barrel Riffle with a (1) Suspect
  • 1,643 Bags of foreign par boiled rice (Above 3 Trailers)
  • 373 Jerri cans of PMS of 25liters
  • 12 Jerri cans of AGO
  • 32 Used Vehicles
  • 4 Bales of Secondhand Clothing
  • 1 Motorcycle

 

WITH A TOTAL DPV N53, 158,143.00

 

Accordingly, we will continue to appeal to the patriotic spirit of all Nigerians, especially members of the business communities to see the exercise as an opportunity to further create a conducive environment for local businesses to thrive in the overall interest of national security, well being of the citizen and economic development, including creation of job opportunities, reduction of crime rate and other social vices.

 

We shall continue to wage war against smugglers. Every effort or tactic exhibited by them to beat security checks of sector 3 operatives will remain fruitless, as every trick used by smugglers will be uncovered due to our high level of intelligence, systematic monitoring and mechanism put in place to track down these economic saboteurs and their sponsors.

 

Gentlemen of the Press, I want to further use this medium to reiterate that the current administration has zero tolerance for corruption and revenue leakages in all its ramifications and the Joint Border Operations Sector 3 under my watch is committed to enforcing same. The Sector will continue to re-invigorate strategies that will enhance our performance.

 

It is no longer news that during Endsars protest, a criminal attempt was made by hoodlums with the intention to set our office ablaze and loot seized goods. With our resilience, were able to repel the attack.

 

I want to use this medium to commend officers and men of Nigeria Customs Service, command, JBOD and all sister security agencies especially Nigeria Army for exhibiting their professionalism in handling the incident.

 

Gentlemen of the press, I’m happy to inform you today that the aftermath of EndSar Protest was a commendation letter sent to us by Comptroller General of Customs and his able management team for exhibiting such gallantry, in terms of excellent performance, integrity, high ethical standard, good conduct and unalloyed commitment to the service.

 

I wish to thank the Comptroller General of Customs Service Comptroller Hameed Ali Ibrahim (rtd) and his management team for this magnanimous feat. To whom much is given much is expected, we promise that we will not disappoint them.

 

However, the priority remains to keep our borders safe from any inimical activity that would compromise our national interests, uniformity with the international trade agreement and by extension our national security. We therefore thank all Nigerians especially the local business community for their continuous support. We also appreciate media houses in Kwara State for their balance reportage

 

Gentlemen of the Press, We are all partners in progress.

 

Thanks for your attention and remain blessed.

 

Compt. O Peters psc (+) dss

Coordinator Joint Border Drill Operations

North Central Zone, Sector 3 Ilo

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

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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.

…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

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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

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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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