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Nigeria Customs Service Seizes N767m Falsely Declared Cargoes at Lagos Ports

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The Strike Force of the Nigeria Customs Service has seized goods smuggled into the country and raised Debit Notes (DN) on under-declaration of cargoes worth N767million.

The contrabands were smuggled into the country from Benin Republic, the DN raised were from 13 containers falsely and under-declared at the nation’s seaports in the last three weeks.

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The coordinator, CGC’s Strike Force, Zone A, Lagos, Deputy Compt. Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu said about N350 million was raised from DN in cargoes from Tincan and Apapa seaports, while N417 million was Duty Paid Value of contraband smuggled into the country from neigbouring countries.

He said “These are some of our anti-smuggling efforts. We have containers loaded with footwear and we know shoe is contraband and these particular goods are falsely declared and by our statue book, classified footwears are contrabands.

Shuaibu nevertheless advised smugglers to desist from unlawful practice while enjoying importers and clearing agents to embrace honest declaration.

National PRO of the NCS, DC Joseph Attah, speaking on the importance of the strike force unit said,“For those who question the creation of strike force, seizures like this, the intervention that has raked in N350m through alerts means without intervention, N350 million would have gone into private pockets and the reality is that those forced to pay this money won’t clap hands for Customs but they will talk about alerts, multiple interventions and for those who questions strike force interventions, performance like this clearly justified the creation and will continue to do what they are asked to do.”

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Nigeria Customs Service Inform Public on Steps Being Taken for AfCFTA

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Any plan needs time, consideration and utmost deliberation in order to move smoothly.

That said, the Nigeria Customs Service intends to take steps for the smooth and full implementation of AfCFTA. Understanding the roles and responsibilities of all those involved will be of great importance going forward.

This was in a statement made by the National PRO of Customs, Joseph Attah, who also thought it wise to inform the public of their plans going forward.

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He further reiterated Nigeria Customs Service willingness as well as readiness to fulfil their roles as trade facilitators and, with the move to automated systems, also seek to integrate all data associated with AfCFTA, ensuring easy access, deployment and use.

While they await other factors to be met, like list of Non-liberalized exclusive goods at regional level, list of liberalized national trade offers amongst others, the National PRO assured the public that the Nigeria Customs Service is ready, even at the shortest notice, to fully deploy their services. “Our desire to imbue trust in the system while guaranteeing the economic safety and wellbeing of businesses within the country”.

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Customs Officials Escape Death in Gbaji

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Customs Officials Escape Death

Nigeria Customs Officials should count themselves lucky, as they barely escaped and inferno in Gbaji Checkpoint along Lagos Badagry Express Way, leading to popular Seme Border Post. The unfortunate incident occurred on Wednesday, 13th of January 2021.

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The cause? Investigation reveals that a volkswagen Golf car had lost control, descending from Gbaji Bridge and eventually colluded with an incoming motorcycle, leading to explosion. Another car, a Toyota Camry, was burnt to a crisp along the Nigeria Customs Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ checkpoint. When Contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service Seme Area Command ASC I Hussaini Abdullahi Confirmed the incident. He stated that


“Luckily, no life was lost apart from minor injuries sustained by the occupants in the aforementioned vehicles”

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AREA II COMMAND, ONNE PORT RIVERS STATE Generates N118.9b Revenue, N1b Seizure

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Customs Area Controller Area II Command, Onne Port Rivers State, Comptroller Mohammed Auwal in a press release, reported a revenue of ₦118,959,214,999.53k
He added that this figure is ₦11,623,072,175.04 higher than the ₦107,336,142,824.29 collected from January to December of 2019.
He stated ‘This increase in collection is a fallout of due diligence and zero tolerance for compromise on the part of our officers and men, who were always at work in full observance of the Covid19 protocols – hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, wearing of masks, avoiding handshakes and strictly observing physical distancing.
He said that under his watch, the Command achieved ₦13 billion-naira monthly collection for the first time in its 37 years history.
He added that on enforcement and anti-smuggling, a total of 37 seizures with total duty paid value of ₦1,008,266,282.53 was made. Two suspects were also said to have been arrested in connection with some of the seizures.

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‘We recorded a total quantity of 2,577,803.31 metric tonnes of cargoes with free onboard value (FOB) of $63,497,688.03.
We also recorded ₦278,883,780.13 under the Nigerian Export Supervision Scheme (NESS).
Gentlemen of the press, for clarity purpose FOB stands for “Free On Board”, it is a shipping term used to indicate the value of goods or cargo on-board a ship before transportation.
The NESS is a Federal Government designed scheme to ensure that the price, quality, and quantity of goods being exported from Nigeria are to the specifications of the buyer, systematically prevent capital flight and ensure that Nigerian products maintain a competitive advantage in relation to other exporting countries in the world’. He added.
He appreciated the media for their quick response to their calls even at short notice.

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"Also found worthy of honour was Bashir Abubakar, an Asst Comptroller-General of Customs, who rejected a bribe of $412,000 per container offered him by drug traffickers seeking to bring 40 containers of Tramadol into Nigeria. A fine example of incorruptibility, worthy of emulation"

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