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NCS Ogun 1 Area Command Intercepts 365.55 Metric Tons of Foreign Parboiled Rice in 36 days

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun 1 Area Command headed by the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Dera Nnadi in a Media Briefing held at the Command, has revealed it’s scorecard from 18th October to 24th November, 2021.

Addressing NewsMen, Nnadi revealed that, in the area of anti-smuggling operation, the command recorded some spectacular seizures of Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Eleven (7311) bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice. This he says is an equivalence of 12 trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each translating to 365, 550 kg or 365.55 metric tons of foreign parboiled rice.

“The above emphasis is deliberate to show that this quantity of rice, if allowed into the Nigerian market will affect the federal government rice policy negatively. Recall that a rice cooperative farm in Ogun State (specifically at Imeko Afon) with the active support of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Government and World Bank just last week harvested 2600 metric tons of paddy rice.

This is a major win for the Command as we celebrate these farmers who are testimonies and justification of the Service anti-smuggling effort in support of local rice productions in the country” the CAC stated.

He also revealed other seizures recorded during the same period as:
• VEGETABLE OIL: 12 KEGS OF 25 LITERS SIZE THAT IS 300 LITRES
• USED VEHICLE (MEANS OF CONVEYANCE): 20 UNITS
• USED MOTORCYCLE (MEANS OF CONVEYANCE): 2 UNITS
• USED CLOTHINGS: 4 BALES OF 25KG EACH & SACKS
• USED SHOES: 26 SACKS
• CANNABIS SATIVA: 124 SACKS [BOOKSIZE] & 165 WRAPS (COCONUT
SIZE) WEIGHING 637 KG
• USED TYRES: 2 BUNDLES & 4 PIECES WITH RIMS
• PMS: 831 KEGS OF 25 LITRES EACH [20,775 LITRES IN ALL]
• FROZEN POULTRY PRODUCTS: 810 CARTONS
• USED TOYS: 4 SACKS

 

The cumulative duty paid value (DPV) for all the above seizures amounted to One Hundred and Seventy-Two Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-Seven Naira and Zero
Kobo (#172,999,387.00). He said.

Similarly, the Command generated total revenue of #2,437,050.00 during the period under review, which are mainly proceeds of auction sales of seized petroleum products (PMS) and
scrap metals.

“It should be noted that Federal Government of Nigeria’s directive on border closure is still subsisting, hence, there is no revenue generated from imports activities” the comptroller said.

The new Customs Area Controller expressed gratitude to the CGC, Col Ibrahim Hammed Ali, (rtd) and his Management Team for the opportunity to serve as the Customs Area Controller of Ogun 1 Area Command and also the deployment of ten new operational Vehicles to the Command.

 

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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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