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Anti-Smuggling: Customs re-strategise to Protect operatives, boost revenue

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CGC ALI: 90% of cars in Nigeria are smuggled

…As FG vows to punish agents who cancelled return tickets of 230 Eagle’s Fans***

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) may have decided to re-strategise in an aim of protecting its operatives from the rising onslaughts of dare devil rice smugglers,  while boosting the Service capacity to raise revenue.

The Customs national Image maker, and Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah, indicated this at the weekend, in Abuja, pointing out that the service had made tremendous efforts towards dealing with rice smugglers in the country.

“We have re-sharpened our strategy on rice anti-smuggling. In recent past, 50 vehicles have been issued to the service by the Federal Government to curtail rice smuggling”, indicated Attah, adding that the newly adopted strategy is aimed at deepening the success story.

“The federal government has also approved the purchase of another set of 68 vehicles to improve deployment and response time.

“We are also aware that there is an ongoing effort to purchase another set of 70 vehicles for Joint Rice Anti-Smuggling Operation,” Attah said, stressing that management was sustaining the ongoing crack down on suspected smugglers across the country because of the improved logistics.

Attah noted that a number of smugglers have been arrested by the anti-smuggling team and they were already being investigated, in a bid to obtain genuine ideas first hand, towards significant reduction of cross border, illicit trading activities.

Joseph Attah, NCS Image Maker, National PRO

The image maker who grieved that the smuggling of rice and tracking of smugglers had become one of the most challenging undertakings by the Service, because of the porous nature of the country’s borders; in addition to the un-cooperating dispositions of neighbouring countries as well as attitudes of unpatriotic Nigerians at the border communities had made the fight more herculean.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has vowed to arrest and prosecute any airline travel agents who was involved in the cancellation of the return tickets of 230 Nigerian football fans stranded after the 2018 World Cup Tournament in Russia.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, Prof. Steve Ugba said this in an online video statement made available by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Tope Elias-Fatile in Abuja on Sunday.

Ugba made government’s position known while addressing the stranded Nigerians in Moscow, Russia before their departure to Nigeria.

Over 150 stranded Nigerian football fans besieged the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow on July 12, for assistance at the end of the 2018 World Cup tournament.

The fans had alleged that their return tickets were cancelled abruptly by airline agents, resulting to their being stranded in Russia without any hope of returning to Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 16, directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and his Aviation counterpart, Hadi Sirika, to evacuate the Nigerians to Abuja immediately.

Sequel to the directive, a chartered Ethiopian Airline had on July 20 conveyed the 155 stranded Nigerians back to Abuja.

The envoy in the 21 minutes video, expressed gratitude to the president for ensuring that the stranded fans returned safely to the country.

Ugba, who said that the Federal Government did not want the culprits to go free, urged the victims to produce any document they had to enable the government crackdown the agents.

“Give us any document that you have about the people who deceived you, or the people who scammed you, who did you 419 so that we can have them picked up and prosecuted in Nigeria.

“We do not want them to go free. So, give us any document you have that will tell us who these people are.

“We are waiting for them in Nigeria because the kind of behaviour that you exhibited here shows that you have character, shows that you have respect for yourselves, and shows that you have respect for Nigeria,” he said.

“It is not a crime for you to come and at the end of the show, you want to go back. It is not a crime.

“But it is a crime for the person who sold you tickets and then, the second leg of going back you do not have tickets anymore. So, it is not your fault.

“We want to hold those responsible for this terrible behaviour to account for their action so that next time, they will not do the same,” he said.

Ugba who said that the nation was proud of the efforts of the stranded fans to make out time to cheer the Super Eagles in Russia, decried the misdemeanour of the agents, even as he praised the behaviour of the fans and the Super Eagles which he noted had earned Nigeria lots of respect and friends in Russia.

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NDLEA Intercepts 230,600 Tramadol Tablets, Arrests 106 Suspects In Kano

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NDLEA Intercepts 230,600 Tramadol Tablets, Arrests 106 Suspects In Kano

Determined to prevent Kano from becoming a drug haven, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Kano State Command, has intercepted 230,600 tablets of Tramadol and arrested 106 suspects in the state.

Its Commander, Mr Abubakar Idris-Ahmad, disclosed this to the newsmen on Saturday in Kano.

Idris-Ahmad said, “The command between June 10 and June 13, in its operation ahead of the Eid-el Kabir celebration, intercepted 230,600 Tramadol tablets along Zaria-Kano road.

“The operations, mandated by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, retired Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Buba-Marwa, in curbing the menace of drug abuse in Nigeria, resulted in the arrest”.

He disclosed that the agency also arrested 106 male suspects,  among which 11 were identified as major drug dealers.

“The suspects were arrested at various drug joints in Sani Abacha Stadium, Karkasara, Sani Abacha Youth Center, Dorayi, Dan-Agundi graveyard, Brigade Mini Stadium and the infamous Filin Idi drug den”.

The exhibits recovered include: Cannabis sativa, rubber solution, suck and die, exol tablets, codeine syrup and some other illicit substances.

“These illicit substances were intended for distribution and use during the Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

“NDLEA Kano Command is committed to eradicating the scourge of drug abuse and trafficking,” Idris-Ahmad said.

The commander also wished the good people of Kano State a drug-free Sallah celebration and urged the public to report any drug-related activity to the nearest NDLEA office.

”Together, we can work towards creating a safer and healthier community for all,” Idris-Ahmad said.

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CUSTOMS: Oyo/Osun Command Rakes In N6.3bn, Records 21.6% Of Annual Revenue Target

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CUSTOMS: Oyo/Osun Command Rakes In N6.3bn, Records 21.6% Of Annual Revenue Target

…Oramalugo showcases Command’s 5 Month’s milestones in anti-smuggling activities and revenue generation

The Nigeria Customs Service NCS, Oyo/ Osun Command has generated ₦6,335,842,600.28 in revenue, despite the prevailing economic headwinds encountered in most parts of the second quarter of 2024.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Dr Ben Oramalugo stated this while showcasing the Command’s significant milestones in terms of revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities spanning Wednesday 17th April 2024, to Thursday 13th June 2024.

Addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday, 13 June 2024, an elated Oramalugo expressed his delight that his officers had demonstrated commendable resilience, against intimidating odds.

“Despite the economic headwinds encountered for most parts of the second quarter of 2024, I am delighted to announce that the Oyo/Osun Area Command has demonstrated much resilience and has successfully generated the sum of ₦6,335,842,600.28k, for May 2024”, Oramalugo said, while looking at the cumulative figures.

“Cumulatively, when added to the revenue generated for January to April 2024, the sum of ₦30,664,247,939.15k has been generated as revenue from January to May 2024.

“This represents a 5.2 % increase when compared to the sum of ₦29,154,853,722.73k; generated during the same period of the year 2023. The increase is a testament to the dedication and efficiency of our Officers in ensuring compliance and maximizing revenue collection.

“However, I would like to point out that the command still has a herculean task ahead, as the command’s revenue target is set at ₦141,682,012,396.84 

IMPROVED COMPLIANCE 

“Our efforts to educate various stakeholders within the Commands Area of Responsibility (AoR) on the importance of adhering to Customs regulations have paid off. We have seen a significant reduction in under-declarations, contributing to the overall increase in revenue.

TECHNOLOGICAL INTEGRATION: 

He revealed that the introduction of advanced technology solutions, such as the Nigeria Customs Service Modernization Project, had streamlined our processes and enhanced transparency, which had further boosted the Command’s revenue collection capabilities.

ANTI-SMUGGLING MILESTONES

“In tandem with our revenue generation efforts, the Oyo/Osun Area Command has maintained a robust stance against smuggling activities within our jurisdiction. 

“Despite the economic hardships that often exacerbate smuggling tendencies, Command Officers have remained vigilant and proactive in intercepting illicit goods and apprehending perpetrators.

“The months of April, May and some parts of June, witnessed numerous successful operations resulting in the seizure of contraband items and for the period covering 17th April to 13th June 2024 the Command has made the following interceptions and seizures: viz-

1. Cannabis Sativa 504 Wraps (Weighing 391.9kg) N15,814,600:00

2. Foreign Parboiled Rice, 600 (50Kg) Bags

(One Trailer Load) N50,280,000:00

3. Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), 274 (25 Litre Kegs), (Totaling: 6,850 Litres), N5,521,500:00

4. Pieces of Used Tyres, 123 Pieces, N15,648,000:00

5. Used Mercedes Truck, 01, N30,000,000:00

6. Used Nissan Caravan

01, N12,590,000:00; thereby attaining a total figure of N129,854,100:00

He highlighted that in line with the policy thrust of the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) BA Adeniyi MFR and in the spirit of interagency collaboration, the Command has received approval to hand over some 546 wraps; and another 33 sacks of Cannabis Sativa worth ₦21,128,260:00 to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Oyo State Command. 

“In the same vein, I would like to mention that approval was also received before this press briefing to auction the seizures of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) listed as part of our seizures due to their inflammable nature.  

“I would like to reassure all stakeholders within the Command Area of Responsibility (AoR), that we recognize the grave implications of smuggling on national security, economic stability, and public health and we remain resolute in our determination to combat this menace. 

“Through collaboration with relevant stakeholders, intelligence-driven operations coupled with enhanced surveillance along our borders and the deployment of advanced technology, we will continue to demonstrate exemplary professionalism, to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for all Nigerians. 

“In conclusion, I would like to extend my appreciation to His Excellency the Executive Governor of Oyo State Engr. Seyi Makinde FNSE, Sister Security Agencies, and other stakeholders, thank you for your continued support and collaboration. 

“I would also like to commend the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of the Officers and Men of the Oyo/Osun Area Command in achieving commendable results during the period under review in the year 2024. Their commitment to duty and professionalism amidst challenging circumstances is truly commendable.

“As we navigate the complexities of the current economic landscape, all stakeholders can be assured that the Oyo/Osun Area Command remains steadfast in its commitment to fulfilling its mandate under the Nigeria Customs Service Act.

“We will continue to adapt and innovate, ensuring that our operations remain effective in the face of evolving challenges”, Dr Oramalugo further indicated.

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Rigorous Training, Competences- Uniqueness of Customs’ Senior Course 10- CGC

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Rigorous Training, Competences- Uniqueness of Customs' Senior Course 10- CGC

….ACG Egwuh confers beneficiaries with PSC titles 

When you properly combine six months of rigorous training, discipline and ambassadorial skills with anti-smuggling and revenue-generating competencies, the result may be nothing short of the unique Senior Course 10.

The Comptroller-General of Customs CGC, Adewale Adeniyi stated this recently, at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja, while congratulating officers who partook in the rigorous Senior Course 10 training to understand why they must mandatorily add value to the Service.

“It is without a doubt that you have spent six months, having rigorous training that will equip you to add value to the Service. I congratulate you for your commitment, which has led us to today’s occasion,” the CGC, Adeniyi stressed, imploring the beneficiaries to be “more committed and be good ambassadors of the College”.

“You are now as strong as eagles. You are, therefore, expected to keep soaring higher.”

He said he considered it a great honour and privilege to be back in the prestigious institution and even as a significant part of the graduation ceremony.

“It is a great honour and privilege to be back in this prestigious institution and to be part of this graduation ceremony of Senior Course 10 today… I congratulate you for your commitment, which has led us to today’s occasion”, the Customs Arrowhead stated.

He tasked them to put to work all they have learned during their training at the college as the country awaits their positive contributions in maximising the security at the borders, suppressing smuggling and generating revenue.

Also Read: Echoes From Customs’ Senior Course 10

CGC Adeniyi equally used the opportunity to assure the college management and members of his unflinching efforts to enhance the welfare of officers and members directing staff – which, according to him, will improve efficiency in the Service. 

On his part, the Commandant of the College, Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Kingsley Egwuh, in an opening remark, congratulated the graduating students and conferred them with the title of Pass Senior Course (PSC).

ACG Kingsley said, “With permission of the Special Guest of Honour, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, I stand here before you with joy to confer you all with this title, and I want to implore you to practice what you have learned as you go back to your respective Commands.”

On her part, Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies of the College, Comptroller Oluyomi Adebakin, highlighted that the students had been duly trained in various fields in accordance with the curriculum of the Senior Course to enhance officers’ skills and abilities with a high level of moral standards.

“I have no doubts in my mind that considering the quality of training you have received, you all will be good ambassadors of the College and the Service at large – and I wish to implore you to exhibit your competence to your subordinates when you go back to your places of work.” Comptroller Adebakin said.

Similarly, the management of the college had, on Wednesday, 5 June 2024, hosted a regimental dinner night to honour the graduates of Senior Course 10, where the CGC was represented by DCG Beatrice Nwafor, the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in-charge of Excise, Free-Trade Zone and Industrial Incentives. 

Addressing the graduates during the regimental dinner night, DCG Nwafor tasked them to consider the opportunity of attending a month’s course at the college as a means to improve their performance as Customs officers, “You are now as strong as eagles. You are, therefore, expected to keep soaring higher.”

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