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Apapa Customs Generates Over N110.2billion In First Quarter Of 2020 Despite Coronavirus

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Apapa Customs Generates Over N110.2billion In First Quarter Of 2020 Despite Coronavirus

*Over N110.2billion was generated in the First Quarters of 2020 despite COVID-19. This was said by Apapa Custom officers.

*Despite COVID-19, the Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has been able to generate over N110.2billion in the First quarter of 2020.

 

Notwithstanding the global panic on Coronavirus, the Officers of Apapa Command have been working tirelessly on their duty posts.

Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura, The customs Area Controller, CAC, reveals this through the Public Relations Officer. PRO, Nkeiruka Nwala.

She said, “The year 2020 is surrounded by lots of challenges globally. Nigeria is not isolated from these challenges, as critical sectors of the economy are adversely affected by COVID-19.
“However, to us in Nigeria Customs Service, and in particular, the Apapa Area Command we remain resolute at ensuring that we collect the much-needed revenue for the Federal Government. Also to ensure safety and wellbeing of the citizenry by curtailing smuggling to its barest minimum, while facilitating legitimate import and export trades”.

She also said based on revenue collection, “At the height of these challenges, the Apapa Command was able to beat its records of the past two years, that is 2018 and 2019 respectively by a huge margin.

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“While the Command collected N81.7 billion in the first quarter of 2018, in the corresponding period of 2019 the Command recorded an appreciable increase in revenue to N94.7 billion. Interestingly, in the first quarter of 2020, the Command collected a huge sum of N110.2 billion despite Coronavirus, indicating an appreciable increase of over N15.4 billion, when compared to the corresponding period of 2019”.
She pointed out, “This huge increase in revenue collection was a product of so many factors, including the strict application of import guidelines, increased level of compliance by stakeholders and our openness to address all complaints from the part of importers promptly amongst other measures.”

She emphasized, “Accordingly, the CAC wishes to use this medium to remind our esteemed stakeholders that in line with the Presidential directives, the Apapa Port remains opened and our officers are on ground discharging their functions of collecting revenue and securing the nation seaports against the influx of prohibited goods.
“The CAC further called on importers to use this opportunity and evacuate their consignments before normal activities resume in the premier port”.

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Kano/Jigawa Customs Command Intercepts 339 Pieces of Donkey Skin, Generates Over N25 Billion in 12 Months

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Kano/Jigawa Customs Command Intercepts 339 Pieces of Donkey Skin, Generates Over N25 Billion in 12 Months

Kano/Jigawa Customs Command Intercepts 339 Pieces of Donkey Skin, Generates Over N25 Billion in 12 Months

The Nigeria Customs Service, Kano/Jigawa Area Command led by Comptroller Suleiman Pai Umar has announced the seizure of 339 Pieces of donkey skin bound for export around Maigatari Border in Jigawa state. This was made known by the Area Controller in Kano while releasing the scorecard of his Command from January 2021 to date.

The Area Controller gave the breakdown of the Seizures as 1040 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each), 2,853 cartons of spaghetti, 189 cartons of couscous, 132 bales of second hand clothings, among others. The Total Duty Paid Value of all the seized items during the month under review stood at N187, 288, 819. 61.

According to the Area Controller, some of the suspects apprehended in connection with the seizures have been handed over to relevant agencies for further investigations.

In the area of revenue, the Command collected the sum of N25, 364, 708, 926.25 from January to date as against N24, 438,
274, 946.09 that was collected in the year 2020.

The Area Controller added that “The Command has continuously engage in
sensitizing the public on the need to clear their goods through our Inland
Terminals, an effort that has increased patronage and has reflected positively
on our revenue collection. Our activities at the Mallam Aminu Kano
International Airport have also boosted our collection”.

“We are very determined in maintaining the
tempo and improving on the records.” He stated.

Comptroller Suleiman also said, “It is important for me to commend the dedication and effort of my Officers in
the actualization of these successes. We will continue to utilize our intelligence gathering techniques and deploy our strength and available logistics to ensure
success in the battle against smugglers and economic saboteurs.


Let me also reiterate our commitment in providing an enabling environment for


law abiding citizens who engage in legitimate businesses that our doors are
always open to assist them for the betterment of our dear nation.”

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He thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col.
Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and his amiable management Team for allocating five (5) Units of brand new
Toyota Hilux vehicles and 2 Units of brand new Toyota Land cruiser to enhance anti-smuggling drive of the Command.

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Nigeria Customs seizes items worth over N200m in Kebbi State

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Nigeria Customs seizes items worth over N200m in Kebbi State

Nigeria Customs Service, Kebbi State command has seized goods worth over N200m from smugglers.

Briefing journalists, at the command headquarters, the State Controller of Custom, Yusuf N. Garba said the seizures were made from February 2020 to date through the two borders in the state.

He added that five suspects had been arrested in connection with the smuggling of four trucks fully loaded with hides and skins, 22, 750 pieces of new textile materials, 1, 055 bags of 50kg and 20 carton of 25kg each of foreign parboiled rice and others, smuggled to the country through Kamba, Bagudo border areas of Kebbi State.

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Other items seized are 3,159 bags of 50kg foreign NPK fertilizers, 171 bales of second hands cloth and used footwear, 256 cartons of body cream, 90 sacks of power snuff and 43 vehicles and other sundry items.

Garba explained that the borders Kebbi shares with Benin Republic and Niger Republic have been under serious attacks by smugglers.

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Custom Officers Shot a 25years Old Father Of Five Dead.

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Custom Officers Shot a 25years Old Father Of Five Dead.

The family members, residents, and monarch of the town urged the Police to bring the officers fingered in the killing of the innocent man, Kehinde Ogunji. A young farmer who was killed by custom men on the trail of smugglers in the Yewa North Area of Ogun state to justice.

* The custom men said that Kehinde Ogunji was a smuggler who attacked them.

* Our son was not a smuggler, he is a farmer and justice must be done-Father, monarch

* Investigation is going on- Police.

Bringing the cultist into the book is the only way to console the family members of late Kehinde Ogunji, A 25years old father of five, who was killed by some customs officers in Agbon village in Yewa North Local Government Area, Ogun State on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Ever since the incident, the 65years old father, Elder Emmanuel Ogunji, and the twin brother of the deceased Taiwo Ogunji, life has not been the same for the two of them.

According to the deceased father, his late Kehinde Ogunji was returning home with his twin brother, after a communal work at a farm belonging to one of the kinsmen. Taiwo later explained that when the minions of law opened fire on the smugglers, Taiwo and the deceased were on a motorcycle going home. The bullet hit Late Kehinde Ogunji who operated the motorcycle on the spot, while the real smugglers they were trailing escaped.

According to The father of the deceased, custom men numbering six, moved his son’s motorbike to a cliff near a river and covered his body with leaves.

He added: “I had just returned from an aro (communal farming) when Taiwo rushed in to tell me that some customs men opened fire on him and Kehinde while they were returning from a farm owned by one Sanusi Akindele, where they had participated in the communal farming exercise.

“I immediately asked him to lead me to the scene and I met the customs men there. The officers lied to me that some of their colleagues had used Kehinde’s motorbike to pursue some smugglers and that they were waiting for their return.

“I became curious when they could not clearly explain my son’s whereabouts. It was at that point that I decided to search the area only to find my son’s body covered with leaves and his motorbike parked near a river.”

Shocked by the discovery, Elder Ogunji said he raised the alarm and accused the customs men of deliberately killing his son and making attempts to cover up their complicity in his killing.

“When I raised the alarm and confronted the customs men, they could not say anything. I decided to report the matter at the Eggua Police Division from where I was directed to Oja Odan Division which has the jurisdiction to the incident the case.

“By the time we returned to the scene, the customs officers had called for reinforcement and forcibly took my son’s body away.

“The two customs men that pulled the trigger have confessed in their statement at Oja Odan Police Station that they actually opened fire on my son, Kehinde. The two officers were asked to report back to the station today (Monday) but we did not see them when we got to the station.

“My son is not a smuggler. He was a farmer and a father of five children and a husband of two wives. I suspect that the two customs men are trying to avoid prosecution, but I want to sound this loud and clear that nothing but justice can wipe my tears and calm me down on this matter.

“I am calling on both the police and the Ogun State Government to wade into this matter by bringing the errant customs men to justice.”

The deceased twin brother Taiwo Ogunji, who witnesses the death of his twin brother described the Customs men has been callous and heartless.

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He said that the officers don’t have any reason to shoot at them because they actually know that we are not smugglers.

Ogunji Taiwo said: “We left home around 6 am on that fateful day on empty stomachs but we took some garri with us. After working for some time on the farm, we took the garri in the hope that we would eat a real meal when we returned home.

“We finished clearing the farm at about 1 pm and we left on Kehinde’s motorcycle. I was seated behind him while he operated the motorbike.

“It was just a few meters to our village when we started hearing gunshots and my twin brother (Kehinde) was hit by bullets fired by customs men.

“The customs men did not bother to look at Kehinde who was in a pool of his blood. I had to race home to inform our father about the incident.

“By the time I returned to the scene with my father, the customs men, in a bid to cover up their indiscretions, had pushed Kehinde’s motorbike to the bank of a river and covered his body with leaves.

“Sensing that we could make trouble with them, they called for reinforcement and their colleagues arrived to forcibly take Kehinde’s body to a morgue. “All we want is justice because Kehinde and I are the breadwinners of our family. He is survived by two wives and five children.

“We have since informed our monarch, the Iselu of Iseluland, Oba Ebenezer Akintunde Akinyemi, about the incident, and he is disturbed by the dastardly act of the customs men.”

Akindele one of the kinsmen said that that the twin brothers had barely left his farm when news reached him that some customs men had killed one of them.

He also said:  “Kehinde is not a smuggler. The customs men are just trying to use that to cover up their wicked act, having killed him shortly after he left my farm where he and his twin brother, Taiwo, had worked for me free of charge in line with the custom of communal farming called aro.”

Customs men said that late Kehinde was a member of the smuggling gang.

But the Ogun 1 Customs Command, in a statement released by its spokesman, Abdullahi Maiwada, described the deceased Kehinde as a member of a smuggling gang who attacked its officers in their bid to intercept smuggled bags of foreign rice into the country.

Maiwada noted that the incident occurred at about 1 pm while officers of the command were on routine anti-smuggling patrol in Iselu and Egua areas of Yewa North Local Government Area.

The statement reads: “At about 1 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2020, officers and men of Ogun I Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) went on routine anti-smuggling patrol eventually came across a convoy of motorcycles popularly known as okada ferrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice along the bush paths of Iselu and Igua communities, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

“The aforementioned smuggling gang, having been caught red-handed, resorted to unleashing a vicious attack on officers performing their duties with assorted dangerous weapons.

“The officers successfully repelled the attack launched by the smugglers, and at the end, one of the smugglers died and his corpse has since been deposited in the mortuary.”

It added: ”Furthermore, the arrival of reinforcement teams enabled the evacuation of 44 bags of rice (50kg each) and two motorcycles abandoned by the smugglers to Government Warehouse in Abeokuta for safekeeping and further investigation.

”It is instructive to note that Saturday, April 25, 2020, was a date set aside for total lockdown in Ogun State due to the surge of COVID-19 pandemic. However, the daredevil smugglers who have no regard for the law of the land or the disease ravaging the global community resorted to crossing the border through illegal routes to perpetuate their nefarious activities, in total disregard of the health and economic well-being of the country.

”Finally, the Command wishes to reiterate and warn the public against attack on officers performing their lawful duty as such will leave the officers with no other alternative than to defend themselves.”

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Checks made by the reporter, however, revealed that the customs men might have missed their target and fatally silenced an innocent person in the course of hunting rice smugglers in the axis. Highly placed sources revealed that one  Sunday who resides somewhere in Eggua was the leader of the rice smuggling ring who escaped the guard mounted by the customs men while Kehinde, who was returning from his farm, was killed.

The said Sunday, sources said, had been on the radar of the customs command lately but had always beaten customs men each time they tried to intercept him.

One of the sources, who spoke in confidence, said: “They only killed the wrong person. The late Kehinde was never a smuggler.

“The culprit is known to the customs command and they have always missed him each time they try to apprehend him.

“The customs command is just being economical with the truth by claiming to have intercepted about 40 bags from Sunday.

“The truth is that the gang dropped off the bags of rice to block the road and stop customs men from chasing them further while they escaped with a lot of bags of rice.

”Sunday, who lives around the Eggua community, has not been arrested while innocent persons who are going about their legitimate daily endeavors are being killed unjustly.”

In his own reaction, the Iselu of Iseluland, Oba Ebenezer Akinyemi, described the killing of Kehinde as reckless and an act of murder by customs men.

He wondered why an unarmed farmer who was not found with any contraband was gruesomely killed while the real culprits escaped the grip of the law enforcement agents. son.

“For me, the police must do their job by bringing the unfeeling customs men to justice in the interest of deference to the sanctity of rule of law which is the basis of their existence and operations.

“I have spoken with the police and they have promised that justice will be done on the matter.”

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the people responsible for Kehinde’s death would face justice at the completion of the investigation.

Oyeyemi added that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) at the state police command, Eleweran, Abeokuta, on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, CP Kennedy Enrimson.

“We are investigating the matter with a view to ensuring that justice is served.

“The case was initially handled by the Oja Odan Division, but CP Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Eleweran, Abeokuta, for further investigation.

“The bereaved family can rest assured that whoever is responsible for the killing will not go scot-free.

“The customs is a sister agency and the request for officers involved is not a difficult thing to do.”

The killing of Kehinde is coming barely three weeks after a 15-year-old schoolgirl, Sekinat Agbelade, was allegedly shot dead by men of customs men in Agosasa, Ipokia Local Area of the state.

The girl, a Senior Secondary School 3 student of Agosasa Community High School, was preparing for her West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) before her untimely death.

The customs officers were said to be chasing some suspected rice smugglers when they fired the bullets that killed the girl as she was returning home from an errand.

 

 

 

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