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JBPT Impounds Ingeniously Concealed Cannabis Sativa, 701 Means of Conveyance, Others, Worth N6 Billion

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Author: Cynthia Idowu; Lagos.

Operatives of the Joint Border Patrol Team Sector 2 in a concerted fight against smuggling in the South West Zone have seized various illicit items across the Zone.

The Coordinator of the Team, Comptroller Muhammad Nuru Hassan while showcasing some of the seizures to Newsmen at the Ogun II Area Command in Abeokuta on the 21st of February 2023 said, about 274kg of Cannabis Sativa concealed in plastic kegs with a street value of Six Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (#6,750,000) were seized and have been handed over to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

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“Also, a total of 4,358 wraps of Cannabis Sativa weighing 3,079.462KG and valued at #71,133,000.00k have been handed over to NDLEA with 2 cases in court,” he said.

Revealing further, Comptroller Hassan stated that, a total number of Seven hundred and one (701) means of conveyance which includes motorcycles, Bullion Van, and other assorted Vehicles were equally seized for contravening the law.

In total the Coordinator said the Team was able to intercept, Two hundred and fifty-eight thousand, three hundred and eighty-five seizures with a duty paid value of Six Billion, one hundred and seventy-eight million, five hundred and eighty-four thousand, One hundred and fifty-three naira were recorded from between August 2019 to January 2023.

Giving a breakdown of the seizures recorded in 2019, Comptroller Hassan said, the total seizures on record stood at 111,571 items with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One Billion, Three Hundred and Forty-Four Million, Five Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand, Four Hundred Naira (#1,344,552,400.00) only.

“In the year 2020, we made seizures of 73,764 items with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Two Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty-Eight Million, Four Hundred and Forty-One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty Naira (#2,538,441,750.00) only.

In 2021, the figure for seized goods stood at 32,135, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One Billion, Ninety-Nine Million, One Hundred and Seventy-Three Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira (#1,099,173,800.00) only.

In the year 2022, the total number of seized goods was to the tune of Thirty- Six Thousand, Eight Hundred and Forty – Four (36,844) with a Duty Paid Value of One Billion, One Hundred and Ninety-Six Million, Three Hundred and Twenty-Two Thousand and Six Naira (#1,196,322,006:00)only” he noted.

Decring a series of attacks on the Team, he recounted the most recent on the operatives who went on intelligence-based patrol to Joforo Village in Owode-Apa suburb in Badagry on the 11th of February, 2023.

“In December last year, an IVECO Truck with Registration details AGL 999 XZ, laden with iron rods and traveling towards Idiroko, overran and crushed the Patrol Base at Ajilete.

In another attack launched on the JBP Teams in the Sector by smugglers and their sympathizers, we lost gallant and courageous operatives. These are just a few amongst the sixteen (16) incidents recorded in the year 2022 alone” he stressed.

Reiterating the border security as the election approaches, Comptroller Hassen assured of the continuous vigilance in ensuring adequate safety against illegal smuggling of prohibited items.

While thanking the management of the Nigeria Customs Service ably led by the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) for the continuous support, he also praised sister security Agencies for their collaboration in suppressing Smuggling in the South West Zone.

The (JBP) Operation is a coalition under the umbrella of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). It’s led by the Nigeria Customs Service and other components from the military, paramilitary, and intelligence agencies inclusive of the Army, Navy, Immigration, Police Force, State Security, and the National Intelligence Agency.

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Customs Oyo/Osun Command Intercepts Fake Drugs, Others, Worth Over N1.8B

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…As Comptroller Ben Expresses Dedication to Protect Well-being of Citizens

Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Area Command, has intercepted sacks of fake Pharmaceutical drugs worth over N1.8billion.

Customs Area Controller Comptroller Ben Oramalugo disclosed this to reporters during a press briefing at the Command headquarters on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Comptroller Ben stated that the Commands anti-smuggling activities have been strategically positioned to ensure the Federal Government’s policy on border closure is totally enforced by preventing the importation of prohibited items harmful to the great citizens of Nigeria. He also expressed the effort to prevent the exportation of essential food resources for individual economic gains by some economic saboteurs.

“We have successfully intercepted and seized contraband goods, including items that pose threats to economic stability and lives of citizens in the country,” He added.

Highlights of the seizures include 53 sacks of fake Pharmaceutical drugs with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦1,739,000,000.00, 1,309 pieces of used tyres with a DPV of ₦70,140,000.00.

Others are; 345 × 50kg bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice, 344 × 25 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 4 Wraps (4 Kilogram) of Indian Hemp, 45 Sacks, 8 Sacks (9 Bales) of Used Clothings and Shoes, 34 Cartons of Foreign Wine, and 40 Bottles (5 litres), 21 Bottles (1 litres) of Foreign Vegetable Oil, all with a Total DPV of N1,890,022,931.00.

The CAC stated that, despite the prevailing economic challenges, the Command demonstrated resilience and efficiency in revenue generation by collecting the sum of N5,664,295,751.15 in February 2024. When added to the sum of N6,824,954,338.96, already collected for January 2024, the cumulative sum of N12,489,250,090.11 was collected so far for the fiscal year of 2024.

Comptroller Ben reiterated that all Borders within the Commands Area of Responsibility are still closed due to the Federal Government policy on Border closure and as such, “Command Officers remain vigilant and dedicated to preventing the smuggling of items that could compromise the health and well-being of our citizens.”

He appreciated the efforts of all Traditional Rulers, Local Government Chairmen and Key Stakeholders in both Oyo and Osun States, who have continued to enlighten their people about the negative effect of smuggling on the economy.

The CAC expressed the Nigeria Customs Service’s unwavering commitment to transparency, accountability, and the nation’s overall well-being. “We are confident that, through collective efforts, we can overcome the challenges we face and contribute to a more secure and prosperous future for Nigeria.”

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COWA Collaborates with Youths, Women to Combat Drug Abuse

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Author: Iruoghene Abra, Muhammad Bashir.

The National President of the Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA), Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi, has expressed readiness to partner with the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria as part of her plans to empower women through various ‘progressive’ programs aimed at improving their economic status.

Mrs. Kikelomo made this declaration during a meeting with members of the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria, led by Ambassador Ibrahim Ibrahim, at the COWA National Secretariat on Thursday, 29 February 2024. She also emphasized her dedication to supporting women through educational initiatives.

In an address, Mrs. Kikelomo commended the organization’s executives for their tireless efforts in achieving the organization’s goals and objectives. She urged the young executives to continue their exemplary work in serving humanity.

Highlighting COWA’s activities, the President outlined initiatives such as providing support for women and children, empowering them with new skills and startup kits, and serving as the voice for the voiceless in society.

She emphasized that COWA stands as a pillar of support for wives and children during times of need, advocating for the rights of women who face similar challenges and discrimination in society.

Addressing the importance of mutual support, the COWA National President stressed the significance of women supporting each other to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential.

She remarked, “The strength of a woman should not be measured by the challenges she faces but by her resilience in overcoming them.”

Continuing, she emphasized, “A healthy wife brings a wealthy life, as the well-being of women is crucial for the prosperity of households and communities.”

Mrs. Adeniyi highlighted the transformative power of education for women, stating, “When women are empowered, they contribute significantly to the economy, health, education, and all sectors of society, leading to positive change.”

She advocated for women to hold significant societal positions, citing their consistent ability to surpass expectations.

Mrs. Adeniyi reiterated COWA’s commitment to empowering women and children, expressing willingness to collaborate with the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria to achieve shared objectives.

In response, the National Coordinator of the National Youth for Women Empowerment and Education in Nigeria, Ambassador Ibrahim Ibrahim, briefed COWA on the organization’s activities, which include encouraging women to embrace education and advocating against child abuse and domestic violence.

He highlighted the organization’s focus on supporting widows and children, facilitating skill acquisition, and caring for the elderly, praising Mrs. Adeniyi’s leadership and integrity expressing confidence in her ability to lead COWA to greater heights.

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Customs Pledges Support to Boost Hibiscus Industry in Jigawa State

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Author: Gift Wada.

The Nigeria Customs, on Tuesday, 27 February 2024, restated its commitment to support the Jigawa State Government in boosting the production and exportation of Hibiscus flowers in the state.

The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Dauda Ibrahim Chana, voiced his support during the official commissioning of the COMTTRA JIGAWA Hibiscus processing company by Governor Umar Namadi at the Magatari Border Free Zone in Jigawa state.

He pledged backing for the project, expressing the commitment of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, to promote exports, maintain trade balance, and safeguard national revenue and security.

“As a service, I wish to reiterate our commitment to support this laudable initiative and at the same time pledge our maximum co-operation for the effective take-off of this wonderful programme,” he said

While commending Governor Namadi, Chana highlighted the significance of the hibiscus plant in fostering value addition, encouraging exports, and generating employment opportunities.

On his part, the Bauchi State Governor, Umar Namadi, stated that the partnership aims to establish a cutting-edge Fumigation Chamber and a state-of-the-art cleaning and processing facility dedicated to hibiscus flowers. Operating under the brand name “Comttra Jigawa,” these facilities are poised to streamline production processes and elevate quality standards in the industry. This transformative collaboration seeks to position Jigawa as a leading center for hibiscus production and processing across Nigeria.

According to the Governor, In a bid to revolutionize the hibiscus value chain within its borders, the Jigawa State Government and Comttraex Nigeria Limited had inked a landmark Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement on April 19, 2022.

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