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Apapa Customs Hands Over 74.119kg Captagon Pills Found in Dismantled Machine to NDLEA

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Apapa Customs Hands Over 74.119kg Captagon Pills Found in Dismantled Machine to NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has begun a full investigation on the Captagon Pills weighing 74.119kg cleverly concealed inside a Cylinder of an imported machine in Apapa.

Recall, that the Arrest was made by a joint effort of The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and the Department of State Security Service.

Speaking on this development, the Customs Area Controller of Apapa Command, Comptroller Malanta Ibrahim Yusuf said, it is pertinent, the hard drugs are handed over to the NDLEA for proper analysis, interrogation, and investigation.

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In his words “This exhibit is handed over to NDLEA, who are now going to do a thorough investigation, Analysis as well as feedback of this Seizures”

He praised the joint efforts of the Agencies and emphasized that the concealment would never have been seized but for the collaboration.

“This is the importance of Synergy and that is what Synergy resulted into,” he said.

While urging the general Public to manage information effectively, he said, a Press Conference will be held soon to keep the Public abreast of further information.

Receiving the hard drugs, Mr. Samuel Bashir Gadzama, Commander of NDLEA, Apapa thanked the Comptroller and assured the Agencies of a swift investigation.

Recall that one Suspect was apprehended in connection to the Hard drugs and has also been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

 

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Seme Customs Records N1.6 Billion in 9 Months, as Benin Republic Imposes High Levies on Transit Goods to Nigeria

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Seme Customs Records N1.6 Billion in 9 Months, as Benin Republic Imposes High Levies on Transit Goods to Nigeria

The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has made tremendous progress in Revenue generation and anti-smuggling in the last nine months, despite the imposition of high duties and levies by Benin government on goods transiting through Benin Republic contrary to ECOWAS protocols and international transit agreement.

The statement was made available by the Customs Area Controller of Seme Command, Compt. Bello Jibo during an interaction with the media on the 14th of September, 2021 at Seme-Krake Joint Border Post.

In his words, “The efforts of the valiant officers and men of the Command translates into remarkable interceptions of One thousand two hundred and forty-four (1244) smuggled items with a duty paid value of Eight hundred and eighty-six million, four hundred and twenty-eight thousand, one hundred and sixty-three Naira forty-one kobo (N886, 428, 163.41) only.

He also said the command made a huge seizure of three thousand, one hundred and eight-six ( 3,186) parcels of cannabis Sativa concealed with sharp sand along Badagry-Seme road. While the Command has handed over two hundred and thirty-two (232) parcels of cannabis Sativa and will soon hand over other seized drugs to National Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA) Special Command Seme.


“In Addition to that, the Command processed and exited exported trade volume of six hundred and thirty-five thousand, one hundred and forty-nine, twenty-three (635, 149.23) MT, with the Free Onboard (FOB) value of fifteen billion, five hundred and sixty-four million, one hundred and thirty thousand, five hundred and eighteen Naira, nine kobo (N15, 564, 130, 518.09) only, and the NESS value of seventy-eight million, two hundred and three thousand, seven hundred and seventy-nine naira, eighty-one kobo (N78, 203, 779. 81) only, during the period under review. Under ETLS, the Command treated and exited one thousand, three hundred and fourteen (1,314) trucks of goods under the scheme. ” He stated.

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Similarly, the reinvigorated Command’s drive against smuggling of premium motor spirit (PMS) has recorded ten thousand, three hundred and nine (10,309) jerry cans of PMS, twenty-five (25litres each), which is equivalent to eight (8) trailers tankers load of thirty-three thousand liters each.

Despite the Levies and duties, he said the Command made a grand total for both seizure and revenue in nine months a sum of One billion, six hundred and five million, two hundred and fifty-six thousand, six hundred and ninety-three naira, twenty-six kobo( N1,605 256, 693.26) only.

While thanking the Comptroller General of Customs and the management team for their support and guidance, he also appreciated the maximum cooperation received from stakeholders, the Border Communities, security agencies, and the media for their support.

 

 

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Customs Raises Alarm Over Patronage of Smuggled Vehicles by Some MDAs

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Customs Raises Alarm Over Patronage of Smuggled Vehicles by Some MDAs

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday, told members of the House of Representatives that many escort vehicles used by ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) are from smugglers.

This is according to Aliyu Saidu, NCS Assistant Comptroller-General (ACG) in charge of ICT/modernization.

He said, “Unfortunately today the big men in Nigeria, I didn’t say National Assembly members, all their escort vehicles such as Hilux trucks are smuggled vehicles. MDAs patronize smuggled Hilux vehicles. That is why if you go to our system, the number of Hilux importation has dropped but you find hundreds of them in town. Mostly used as escorts”.

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It will be recalled that the Deputy National PRO, DC Timi Bomodi earlier said in a statement that the Nigeria Customs Service states that “except where waivers and, or concessions were sought and granted, all outstanding duties and taxes relating to such imports are expected to be paid in full. This applies even in situations where these imports were executed by agents or proxies on their behalf”

“We wish to reiterate that by law, only items imported by the President, Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is exempted from the payment of duty or taxes” it added.

ACG Aliyu Saidu also called for an amendment to the public procurement Act to mandate government agencies to request for evidence of duty payment on imported vehicles before they purchase them.

“If you make amendment to the next Finance Act, also make an amendment to Procurement Act that before a vehicle is taken over, you verify the customs duty, it would go a long way. NCS buy Hilux vehicles, but they do not take delivery until when the papers are verified that duty is paid.

“Any officer involved in allowing such cars are being penalized. As I am talking to you now many officers are before the board meeting for discipline,” he disclosed.

 

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Apapa Command Generates N87.8bn Revenue in August

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Apapa Customs Service Command Generates N87.8bn Revenue in August

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, has said it generated N87.8 billion last Month. Its Comptroller, Malanta Yusuf, who spoke at a briefing in Lagos, said the feat was the first in the history of the command.

Yusuf added that the command’s revenue collection from January to August of 2021, was N526.9 billion, translating to 63.9 percent increment.

“As regards anti-smuggling, 56 containers of various items, which include tramadol, codeine syrup, used clothing, used tyres, tomato paste, unregistered pharmaceuticals, and unprocessed wood were seized.

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These items were seized between January and August, and had a Duty Paid Value of over N28.3 billion,” he said. He added that notable among the seized items was a container suspected to be laden with sophisticated factory fitted concealment of illicit drugs in marble polishing machinery.“The high level concealment was detected with the help of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA), shifter dogs and laser machine deployed to cut open various components of the machine.

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