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Customs Ogun I Area Command Generates N93 Million, Records 392 Seizures Worth N1 Billion



Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun 1 Area Command says it has generated N93,301,130.00 from import duties, auction sales of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and scrap vehicles seized from smugglers in the 1st half of 2023.

The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde made this known at a media briefing held on Wednesday, 11th July, 2023, at Idiroko, Ogun State.

Comptroller Bamidele noted that a comparative analysis of the Command’s performance during the period under review and the corresponding period of 2022, indicates a significant increase in revenue collection.

He also revealed that the Anti-smuggling drive of the Command yielded a total of 392 seizures.

He said, “The revenue generated from January to June last year, was N29,940,146.50, compared to this year’s revenue of N93,301,130.00 which is about 310% increase”.

“The anti-smuggling drive of the Command has continued to yield remarkable results during the period under review. We made a total seizure of 392 items”, he added.

The items he noted comprise 5,048 pieces of used tyres, 390 bales of used clothing, 61 Units of vehicles, including 5 luxury buses 173,975 litres of PMS (an equivalent of 5 tanker loads), 107 sacks and 1,595 wraps of cannabis sativa, 167 cartons of 100x100ml and 27 cartons of 200x100ml codeine syrup, 22,526 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each (which is an equivalent of 37 trailer loads) among others.

The cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized goods is N1,313,628,488.

The CAC reiterated the Command’s resolve to suppress smuggling and other prohibited items, while also attributing the achievement to officers’ dedication to duty as well stakeholder engagements.

“We remain resolute in our fight against smuggling of rice and other prohibited items to encourage local production in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria policy on local rice production”, he said.

He further stated that “the Command was able to make these achievements due to management, deployment of intelligence in all the operations across the state and improved discipline,” he added.

On Trade Facilitation, Comptroller Bamidele urged traders to embrace legitimate trade and desist from the act of smuggling.

“While waging war against die-hard smugglers, we urge them to embrace legitimate trade and steer clear of smuggling and other nefarious activities that are inimical to the economic development of our dear nation”, he noted.

“We encouraged compliant traders by operating an open door policy and creating an enabling environment for trade to thrive”, he added.


As part of stakeholders’ engagement, the CAC noted that the command maintained a robust synergy with sister Security Agencies and cordial community relations with host communities.

“Recall that I mentioned in our press briefing of 6th April 2023, that the command, under the auspices of the Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA), laid the foundation of 4 units of classrooms for the Customs Primary and Nursery Schools. I am pleased to inform you that the classrooms are at the roofing stage and will soon be completed,” he revealed.

“Recall also that I mentioned in our press briefing of 15 March 2023, that the Command collaborated with Integration Art Palace and Tour to organize a 3-day Art for Economic Development programme tagged “Nigeria Customs Service Enabling a Secure Border Trade”. The programme was part of the Command’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with the objective of promoting trade through artworks exhibited by artisans and secondary school students within the Idiroko border community and its environs”, he explained.

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



…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



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



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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