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Oyo/Osun Command Generates Over Fifty Billion in Ten Months, Receives Ten New Operational Vehicles

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Oyo/Osun Command Generates Over Fifty Billion in Ten Months, Receives Ten New Operational Vehicles

The Oyo/Osun Command led by Comptroller Adamu Abdulkadir, the Customs Area Controller has revealed in a Press Release that the Command generated the sum of N50,980,164,176.27
(Fifty Billion, Nine Hundred and Eighty Million, One Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand, One Hundred and Seventy Six Naira and Twenty Seven kobo) only from January to October 2021.

This signifies a 14.4% increase when compared to the same period in the year 2020 which recorded a figure of N43,631,491,480.34 (Forty Three Billion, Six Hundred and Thirty One Million, Four Hundred and Ninety One Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty Naira and Thirty Four Kobo).

 

He gave the breakdown of the seizure as:

i. 5046 X 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice.

ii. 22 bales of Second Hand Clothing.

iii. One (1) Unit of 2017 Honda Accord Car.

iv. One (1) unit of 2020 Toyota Prado Jeep.

v. 500 X 25L kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) which shall be auctioned due to its inflammable nature and proceeds remitted accordingly.

He said the Officers of Oyo/Osun Command will not relent on their effort to combat the menace of smuggling, rather, the Operatives will further sharpen their intelligence and widen their dragnet to ensure that all nooks and crannies of Oyo and Osun States are well covered.

“May I through this medium reiterate that the good people of Oyo and Osun States should stay away from engaging in mob attacks on officers performing their lawful duty as there are sanctions prescribed against such offender under Sections 11 and 165 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004” Abdulkadir said.

He also warned those that blocked the roads and other access points, thereby preventing officers from accessing smuggling areas, all in the name of vigilante, to kindly refrain from such activities as they stand a chance of being punished under Section 11 of the CEMA Cap C45 LFN 2004 and that Section 158 of the CEMA, gives Customs officer the power to patrol freely across the Nation.

He appreciated the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Ibrahim Hammed Ali (rtd) for providing the Command with ten (10) new kitted Toyota Hilux Vehicles as it will further boost the morale of the Officers.

 

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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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