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Katsina Customs Clears Air on Extortion, Generates 196million, Makes Seizures Worth N77million in 2 Months



Author: Cynthia Idowu; Lagos.

The Nigeria Customs Service, Katsina Area Command has cleared the air concerning a video that went viral with a narrative on extortion by Customs operatives from groundnuts and beans sellers along the Kaita-Dankama Road of Katsina State.

The Customs Area Controller, Katsina Area Command, Comptroller Wada Chedi in a press briefing, stated that the Laws are very clear on Import and Export procedures and it’s the statutory responsibility of the service to block any illegal means of Import and Export.

He emphasized that
“Dankama Border is among the closed border by the Federal Government only Jibia Border is re-opened and it’s expected of every legitimate trader to import through it. All goods coming from across Nigeria are allowed only through the Jibia border in Katsina. Dankama or Kagadama markets are not allowed. Duties are collected on food items coming to Nigeria through Jibia Border such as Beans, Tiger nuts, Dates, Groundnuts e.t.c.”

“We have the sample documents of those who have paid into the Federation Accounts on those products for you to verify. Any duty paid to Customs goes directly into the Federal Government Accounts called TSA.
Customs in Katsina has recorded over 500 million naira from the day the Jibia border was re-opened and over 5 billion worth of value of exported items all passed through the Jibia”. He noted.

“Customs deals with the Stakeholders not end users e.g Association of Beans, Sesame, and Groundnuts Sellers at the border markets, not Groundnut Retailers or Union of Loaders. The Stakeholders agreed with our findings that over 75% of their food products are coming from the Niger Republic and they agreed to pass through Jibia and pay their duties which they have been doing, documents are there to see”. He said.

Comptroller Wada said, an agreement was reached with the Associations of Tiger Nuts and Palm Dates, Associations of Beans, Groundnuts, and Sesame at Jibia, Dankama, Kaita, and Kagadama, to issue their Union receipts to those that bought and load their goods from their markets to enable them present at any patrol checkpoints, they come across. Verification from the union leaders to ascertain if they are genuine or not.

He assured the people of Katsina State Business Community of the Officer’s professionalism in discharging their mandates and called on mischief makers to allow peace to reign or face prosecution when caught smuggling.

In his words, “we have intensified our strategies on arresting any smuggler. We are calling on those mischievous people to stop misleading the public or face the wrath of the law.
The Security Heads in Katsina State have formed an ADHOC committee to go around the State to fish out all the bad eggs within the security agencies such as; Illegal checkpoint, Extortion, Use of Camp boys in discharging official duties”.

Comptroller Wada stated that the Command collected the sum of N75,600,991.00 as a duty in September 2022. In the same vein, the sum of N121,800,478.00 was collected in October 2022.

In the area of Anti-Smuggling, some of the seizures made during the period under review are 8 used vehicles of different categories, 302 Bags of 50kg of Foreign parboiled rice, 361 Cartons of Foreign Spaghetti, 30 Cartons of Foreign Couscous, 40 Cartons of Foreign Macaroni, 4 Sacks of Foreign Macaroni,
6. 37 Bags of Foreign flour, 10 Bales of Second-Hand Clothing, 122 Jerry Cans of PMS of 25 liters all with a total Duty Paid Value of N77,803,825

He appreciated the CGC, Col. Ibrahim Hameed Ali (Rtd) and his management team for their support, he also extended his gratitude to the Governor of Katsina State with his Executive Council Members for their support to Customs operations in the state.

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Minister Of Finance Zainab Ahmed Commissions Customs Scanners In Lagos



Author: Cynthia Idowu; Lagos.

In order to aid fast clearance of goods at the Port and generate more revenue for the Federal Government, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed Commissioned three 500 maximum capacity ultra-modern Scanners in Lagos.

The Minister of Finance also disclosed at the APM Terminal in Apapa, that one hundred and twenty Customs Officers and Men have already been trained to man the scanning machines and the scanners will further upgrade the operations of the Nigeria Customs Service in line with international best practices.

According to the Minister, the present process of physical examination of cargo is time-consuming thereby causing loss of revenue for the Federal Government, unlike the new scanners that can scan cargo in minutes and detect concealed goods in cargo.

“This process enables more cargoes to be scanned and brings about the desired efficiency and effectiveness in Customs cargoes examinations.

“I, therefore implore the Management of the NCS to collaborate with the contractors to ensure proper maintenance and full utilization of the Scanners within the thirty (30) months provided in the contract agreement, as well as enhanced capacity building and training of one hundred and twenty (120) Customs scanning officers.” She said.

Similarly, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) said, the Service is ever ready and will ensure good use of the new equipment.

“Unlike previous attempts at managing scanners, our officers have been trained up to level 2 maintenance capability. This ensures that the day-to-day management of these machines will be proficiently handled by our officers who have been trained and certified by the manufacturers to carry out basic maintenance.

“We appreciate our partners the terminal operators, who have taken the pains to adjust their operations to suit the innovations of the moment. Our continuous collaboration will ensure that cargos are promptly delivered for scanning and evacuated from the ports as soon as they are certified to be compliant by our officers and other regulatory agencies.” He said.

Considering the usefulness of the scanners, the CGC said, it will further aid full compliance with extant laws and facilitate trade for compliant traders.

“We know that this equipment will be of special benefit to manufacturers who import homogenous items in large volumes. We also know that importers of high-risk goods will no longer have any place to hide. So we are hereby putting recalcitrant traders on notice. They either change or be ready to face the full consequence of their actions.” He emphasized.

Speaking further, the CGC noted that, the cargo scanning process will not only reduce the stress associated with positioning, offloading and taking inventory of containers. It will store recorded images in a safe format easily accessible by all agencies from the comfort of their offices.

Another advantage is, it will make the auditing of transactions using images easier and will checkmate attempts by non-compliant traders to cheat the system.

“The challenge of security is of immense concern to all well-meaning citizens. Since we know that a good number of items that pose a threat to national security find their way through our various entry points, we believe that the equipment that is being commissioned today will greatly enhance our capacity to defend our dear nation.” He also stated.

“As we approach phase one of the customs modernization, we shall see the deployment of scanners to all sea ports, airports, and approved land borders. We shall also witness the launch of a central data management system when live feeds from our ports and borders can be viewed and monitored from our headquarters” He added.

The three Scanning machines were installed in Apapa Port, Tincan Island Port, and Onne Port respectively.

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Customs PTML Command Records N199 Billion In Ten Months, Welcomes Students of Junior Course 14



Author: Cynthia Idowu; Lagos.

The Ports Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has generated a revenue of N199,468,482,842.00 as revenue from January to October 2022.

This was made known by the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Suleiman Bomai in a Press Release signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Customs Muhammed Yakubu.

According to him, Bomai tasked the Officers and men not to compromise their duties as it will not only guarantee maximum revenue collection but will also promote national security and overall citizens’ protection.

“The collected revenue translates to a 7.7 percent increase, which is an appreciation of N14.247.021.754.00 from the N185,221,461,088.00 during the same period in 2021”, he explained.

He further stated that Comptroller Bomai recently assumed Office in August 2022 with a mandate to improve revenue generation, suppression of smuggling, and trade facilitation.

In another development, the Command played host to the student of Junior Course 14 from the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada on an operational study tour.

The visit which focused more on enlightening and educating the students also broaden their knowledge on certain critical challenges in the Service, as the students visited the scanning site and Customs Processing Centre (CPC). The students are expected to also carry out research and proffer solutions to the identified problems.

Addressing the students, the Customs Area Controller said, that 21st Century Customs is based on training and retraining, as it is the bedrock for Officers developing on both Customs and inter-agency related courses.

While presenting a paper on, “the use of non-intrusive inspection technology challenges and prospect” He harped on the growth of international trade as a result of globalization.

“Over the last decades, many modernization programs in Customs used varying degrees of automation to support core functions. The Facilitation drive by the government and fight against the proliferation of illegal arms could not have been achieved without the deployment of Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology (NIIT)”, he said.

The Junior Course 14 students appreciated the CAC and members of his team for the warm reception and knowledge gained from the tour, which according to them, will help in their research work. The team leader, CSC JH Ephraim presented a souvenir on behalf of the college Commandant.

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Customs MMIA Command Records Over N1 Billion In October 



Customs MMIA Command Records Over N1 Billion In October 

Author: Cynthia Idowu; Lagos.

As part of the mandate set by the Comptroller General of Customs,  Col Hameed Ali (rtd) in raising the revenue collection of the Nigeria Customs Service, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command (MMIA) has recorded success in October 2022.

This is coming after,  the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Mahmoud Gidado assumed Office as the new CAC in August 2022.

In a Press Release issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Command,  Superintendent of Customs Juliana Tomo said, the Command collected the total sum of One billion, six hundred and eight million, nine hundred and thirty-six thousand, six hundred and seventy-three naira, ninety-five kobo N1,608,936,673.95.

In export duty, the Command also recorded, nine hundred and eighty-two million,  six hundred and forty-five naira. The PRO said, it’s a remarkable revenue collection after the COVID-19 lockdown that placed restrictions on travelers and drops in importation coupled with high inflation.

“The Command also facilitated the formal export of locally manufactured goods although in low volume due to the peculiarity of the Command as airport terminals to the tune of one million, nine hundred and thirty-five thousand, one hundred and sixty-nine naira (#1,935,169.00).”

“This achievement was through due diligence with the application of extant laws such as Sections 72 and 145 of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 (CEMA CAP C45 LFN 2004).”  She added.

The Command reiterated its resolve, in pursuing the given mandate of trade facilitation and collection of revenue as well as suppression of smuggling within its jurisdiction while ensuring an efficient and friendlier traveler clearance procedure ahead of the year end festive season. “Once again, we assure all voluntary compliance persons a good travel experience in the clearance of their shipment.” She concluded.

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