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ACG Modupe Aremu Continues Tour, Visits Apapa, Tincan and PTML, Charges NCS Officers To Be Good Model

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ACG Modupe Aremu Continues Tour, Visits Apapa, Tincan and PTML..Charges NCS Officers to be good Model..

The Zonal Coordinator, Zone A, Assistant Comptroller General Modupe Aremu has extended her Official Visit to the Apapa Command. She was happily received by the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, and some senior officers.

The ACG commended the Command for having the highest revenue collection of 87.8 Billion in one Month. She said it’s quite commendable and praised the officers and men of the Command.

ACG Modupe Aremu Continues Tour, Visits Apapa, Tincan and PTML..Charges NCS Officers to be good Model..

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Modupe Aremu said the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) has contracted a 50-bed hospital and block of flats for the welfare of the officers.

In her words “The contract has been awarded for the construction of Barracks at Customs Marine Base and Medical Roads. The contractors have moved into sites and very soon, we are going to have more accommodation for our officers. One hundred and thirty-two flats are being constructed so they can give their best to the Service”.

Speaking on the seizure made by the Command, Modupe said, “The seizure too was quite spectacular, I heard that just one Tablet of the Seizure goes for Twenty five Dollars with a street value of Six Billion naira, so this feat could not have been achieved without the Customs Intelligent Unit (CIU) ” She urged the Unit to be more timely with intelligence.

She further charged the Officers to adhere to the right standard during imputation of the Inspection Act, She said the Inspection Act can save one from trouble, if well produced.

While at Tincan island Command, she also charged the officers on good examination. She said scanners will soon be deployed, each for Apapa, Tincan, and Onne.

She said “with the E-Customs, we have about seventy scanners, you know with E-Customs, its the end to end automation. We are going to have our Marine Boats deployed with about 300 trainees for the Marine Unit of Customs. We will have automated tracking system. We need to preach E-Customs. I’m a Preacher of E-Custom”.

Her official visit was wrapped up at the Port and Terminal Multiservices Limited(PTML) where she admonished the officers on proper case file compilation and readiness to testify in Court.

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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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