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Smugglers Attack Customs Officers, Injures Two in Ogun

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Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos has been attacked while carrying out their lawful duties along Sagamu Inter-interchange, in Ogun State.

The Unit Spokesman, Theophilus Duniya explained in a Release that, the attack was without provocation on the side of the Officers.

“The patrol team had intercepted twelve vehicles of different kinds, laden with bags of foreign parboiled rice and were on their way to the government warehouse before smugglers mobilized themselves with the support of their sympathizers and attacked the team with dangerous weapons” he explained.

He however said, during the exchange of gunfire, two of the attackers lost their lives and one suspect was arrested.

He also said out of the twelve vehicles in the convoy of the smugglers, four were seized laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice.

Reacting to the incident, the Ag. Comptroller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu expressed displeasure as he said, the loss of lives could have been avoided but due to the provocation from the daredevils.

He further said he has ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter to apprehend other fleeing suspects with their smuggled wares.

He cautioned the youths to eschew violent confrontations with government operatives and be law-abiding at all times.

He added that such violent attacks will never deter or threaten Customs Operatives from carrying out their legitimate duties.

Two of the wounded operatives are said to be receiving treatment in a medical facility.

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Ex-customs Officer, 2 Others Jailed for Smuggling 661 Pump Action Rifles

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has convicted and sentenced a retired Customs Officer, Mahmud Hassan, and two others to 16 years imprisonment over importation of firearms, forgery, and bribery.

The judge while delivering judgment in a charge brought against the convicts on count two of the offence of illegal importation of 661 Pump Action rifles into the country, sentenced them to eight years imprisonment each on the said count.

On count one which was on conspiracy, Justice Faji found the first, second and third defendants guilty and also sentenced them to eight years imprisonment each.

Justice Faji also ordered the forfeiture of the properties of the convicts to the Federal Government of Nigeria as provided for by the law under which they were charged.

He also ordered that the company, Hassan Trading Limited, which was used as a vehicle to smuggle, be closed and assets forfeited to FG.

While delivering the judgement, Justice Faji, said the offence committed by the convicts touches on national security, noting that although the relevant provisions of the law for the offence for which they were charged and convicted prescribed life imprisonment, the court, however, has discretion.

The judge said he would refrain from giving a maximum punishment, but the convicts must be made examples to serve as a deterrent for other would-be criminals.

He listed the convicts again as Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, and Salihu Danjuma, nothing that the fifth defendant, Matthew Okoye, was at large.

They were said to have attempted to evade the payment of customs duty by filling “steel door” as the content of the container instead of rifles.

The convicts were also alleged to have forged several documents, including a bill of lading, a Form M and a Pre-Arrival Assessment Report to facilitate the smuggling of the said rifles.

They were also said to have allegedly offered a bribe of N400,000 to an official of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) attached to the Federal Operative Unit to avoid a “100 per cent search on the container with number PONU 825914/3.”

The trial has lasted for almost four years with the first prosecutor, Mr Julius Ajakaye, and one of the defence counsel, Adamu Ibrahim, passing on.

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Seme Area Command Intercepts 31,500 litres of Premium Motor Spirit with DPV of Over N5Million

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command has intercepted One thousand and fifty *(1050)* jerry cans of 30litres each of petroleum products which is equivalent to thirty one thousand, five hundred *(31,500)* litres with a duty paid value

(DPV) of five million, three hundred and ninety three thousand, nine hundred and two Naira *(N5,393,902.00)* only.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSC Hussaini Abdullahi revealed that the Petroleum products were intercepted on the 1st of December, 2021 within some creeks in Seme and Badagry Axis.

The Customs Area Controller in charge of the Command, Compt. Bello Mohammed Jibo while showcasing the seizures said that the unfortunate scenario is sabotage on the efforts of the Government that is paying a huge amount of money to subsidize the products for the benefit of Nigerians.

He also stated that smuggling of petroleum also poses threats to their own lives and most times vehicles got burnt when an accident occurs.

Commenting on the giant stride achieved by the Command, the CAC reiterated the commitment of Officers and Men of the Command to continue the fight against smuggling and their accomplices with a higher tempo.


Finally, the CAC commended the CGC Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) and the Management team for logistical support by providing the Command with Four (4) Hilux vehicles to boost anti-smuggling operations of the Command.

“Customs will continue to enforce federal Government policies to suppress smuggling, collections of appropriate revenue and facilitation of legitimate trade” He Stated.

 

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Apapa Customs Command Generates N89bn in November

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Apapa Customs Command Generates N89bn in November

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has collected a total of N89,097,888,609.00 as revenue for November 2021.

The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, made this known in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Customs, Abubakar Usman.

According to the Area Controller, the amount generated is the highest monthly collection by any Command of the Nigeria Customs Service.

He said, “This feat is coming after the command generated N86B in the month of October following improved inter-agency synergies, enhanced trade facilitation, speedy dispute resolution and prevention of revenue loss”.

Comptroller Malanta Yusuf described the N89bn collection as the beginning of improved outputs for the Command, also said the tempo for rising revenue profile will be sustained.

He thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) for his support, direction in the deployment of artificial intelligence tools, and improved logistics which has cumulatively added to the command’s productivity level.

He further stated that “This N89,097,888,609 collection is an improvement but we are aiming higher than this”.

“Our first step is to improve on our stakeholder’s compliance level, which in my assessment is commendable. Second is to strengthen the inter-agency synergies between Customs in Apapa and other agencies of government, this is also a huge success” he added.

He stated, “We are gradually making Apapa Port a no go area for perpetrators of illegalities because all recent attempts at smuggling prohibited items through the port were uncovered”.

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“While we are facilitating trade, collecting revenue and promoting ease of doing business, our attention will also be focused on issues of national security too. This will continually be evident in our mode of cargo examination and intelligence sharing with sister agencies. By the time we commence the use of scanners and other tools of artificial intelligence, trade facilitation will be at a higher speed and as the flagship Command, this will reflect very positively on our revenue” he added.

 

 

 

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