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Again, JBPT Impounds 2,696 Kegs Of PMS, Seals Four Petrol Stations for Illegal Activities

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Author: Cynthia Idowu; Lagos.

The Joint Border Patrol Operations Sector 2, of the South West Zone, has again made spectacular Seizures between the 1st to 28th of February 2023.

Comptroller MN Hassan in a working visit to the Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service in Seme.

Showcasing the Seizures to NewsMen at Government Warehouse, Nigeria Customs Service Seme Area Command. The Coordinator of the JBPT, Comptroller Nura Hassan said, within the period under review, the JBPT has deposited in various Government Warehouses (GWH) within the Area of Responsibilities (AOR), Two thousand, Six hundred and Ninety – six (2,696) plastic kegs of 30 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol);
Three Thousand, Six hundred and four (3,604) bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice with Twenty (20) means of conveyance.

Comptroller Dera Nnadi Presents Plaque of Honour to mark the visit of the Coordinator of JBPT Comptroller Hassan Muhammad to Seme Customs Command.

Other seized items include Four hundred and ninety – seven (497) parcels of Cannabis Sativa valued at about Twenty Seven Million, Three Hundred and Thirty – Five Thousand Naira (N27,335.000) only. And have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

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Group photograph of the Coordinator with Both Comptrollers and Sister Security Agencies.

The JBPT Coordinator stressed that all seizures of various smuggled goods and means of carriages and conveyances for February 2023 were about Six Thousand, Eight Hundred and Nineteen (6819) items with a Duty Paid Value of One hundred and Seventy-Six Million, Four Hundred and Three Thousand (#176,403,000) only.

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“We are linked up with the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, we shall hand over a list of defaulters to them in other for sanction to be applied appropriately.”

“So far, we are handing over four filling stations to them. NMDPRA is saddled with the responsibility of sanctioning, particularly defaulters connected with illegal bunkering. Their investigation will determine the outcome of the prosecution.” The coordinator revealed.

Further speaking, Hassan stated that from 2019 till date, the Team has made overwhelming seizures of Petroleum products which include, 485,000,000 litres of PMS, a tanker truck loaded with Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), a container truck loaded with kerosene, 32,076 Kegs x 30 litres of PMS each, 1,757 drums x 200 litres of PMS and 280, 050 litres of PMS which were evacuated from various filling stations involved in illegal bunkering activities.

However, due to the inflammatory nature of the product, they have been auctioned to the members of the Public at a cumulative amount of Six Hundred Million, One Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fourteen Naira, Twelve kobo(N600,175,814.12k).

“Smuggling of petroleum products is a grievous offence against the Nation’s economy. Nigeria as a State subsidises this product and how do you allow this illegal export into another man’s Country, which means you are using your nation’s resources to subsidise a product, that you don’t even consume.” He emphasised.

Similarly, Comptroller Hassan in a working visit met with the Customs Area Controller of Seme Command, Comptroller Nera Nnadi, and the Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Douglas Tanko Audu to further cement the existing synergy in securing the Borders.

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Customs Kickstarts 2-Day ICT/Modernization Retreat for Management Team

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Author: Muhammad Bashir.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, marked Friday, 1 March 2024, as a pivotal moment for his administration, heralding an era of digital transformation within the Service.

Addressing attendees at the 2-day NCS 2024 ICT—Modernization Management Retreat in Abuja, CGC Bashir Adewale reiterated his commitment to leveraging technology to streamline customs operations. He emphasized the importance of engaging stakeholders to ensure the seamless execution of this ambitious project.

“In 2024, we cannot afford to remain entrenched in outdated practices. Stakeholders are demanding a Customs Service that embraces technology to enhance efficiency and transparency.” CGC Adeniyi remarked.

Encouraging his Management Team, particularly in ICT, to champion the digitalization efforts, he urged them to harness internal resources to expedite the implementation of the electronic cargo tracking system.

He, however, emphasized that “It is imperative that we modernize every facet of the Customs Enforcement Ecosystem. We must also integrate technology to fortify our operations.”

Welcoming the CGC to the retreat, the Chairman of Trade Modernization Project Limited, Alhaji Saleh Ahmadu, lauded the CGC’s resolve, highlighting the pivotal role of trade in national development. He underscored that the modernization initiative would revolutionize the NCS’s operations, fostering a conducive environment for trade across Nigeria and the African continent.

Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of ICT/Modernisation, ACG Kikelomo Adeola, commended the CGC’s unwavering commitment to the project. She highlighted its significance in reshaping, digitizing, and modernizing the Service’s activities.

“Welcome to this landmark retreat, where we embark on a journey to recalibrate and modernize the Service, aligning it with international standards.” ACG Adeola stated.

The NCS 2024 ICT-Modernization Management Retreat sets the stage for a transformative era in the Nigeria Customs Service, signaling its readiness to embrace technological advancements in pursuit of operational excellence.

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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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