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Customs Onne Area II Records N249bn Revenue, Impounds 7 Containers

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Customs Onne Area Ii Records N249bn Revenue, Impounds 7 Containers

…Babandede credits feat to noteworthy synergy with sister agencies and relevant stakeholders 

The Nigeria Customs Service, Area II Command, Onne, Rivers State has recorded N249,752,268,268.29 as revenue within three months.

The Customs Area Controller CAC, Mohammed Babandede made this known during his maiden press briefing at the Command.

 Comptroller Babandede who credited the feat to a proper briefing by his predecessor, unspared efforts of his officers and painstaking courtesy visits to Bonded Terminals, various sister Agencies and other stakeholders, said he consequently built up a remarkable synergy and information-sharing arrangements which paved the way for the noteworthy results.

He said he worked on the guided counsel of the Controller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR policy thrust of consolidation and collaboration. 

“The Command was initially given a target of 494 Billion before it was reviewed two weeks ago to 618 Billion naira as revenue target for year 2024”, the CAC said, adding:

“As of the end of May 2024, the Command had generated a total revenue of ₦249,752,268,298.28 which translates to 50.4% of the initial target and 40.3% of the current annual target. 

“When compared to the same period last year, the Command had an increase in revenue generation of ₦153,213,700,450.15. 

“It is worthy to note that despite the NLC strike, Democracy Day and Sallah holiday, as of this morning the Command has generated ₦43,430,267,210.00 in June 2024. 

“We look forward to continuous rise in revenue generation in the coming months and we are optimistic that we would surpass the annual target by the end of the year”, he further stated.

A breakdown of his account of stewardship showed that the command recorded seizures of six Containers “for violations or contraventions of various Customs laws and breach of procedures as provided under the revised import prohibition guidelines of the Common External Tariff 2022-2026, as well as Sections 233, 234, 235, 245, 246 of Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023, and also a seized Container of used electronics which has turned to e-waste.”

Other impounded items  included: 

*4×20 feet containers laden with bales of clothing, lace and fabrics, comprising a total of 96 jumbo sizes, with a Duty Paid Value of ₦911,520,011.00;

*2×40 feet containers laden with 2,625 cartons of cough syrup codeine, 

*80 cartons of Sildenafil Citrate tablets and 

*40 cartons of deluxe chilly cutter with Duty Paid Value of ₦2,250,654,000.00. This was blamed on concealment, false declaration, contravention of revised import prohibition guidelines and section 55 Sub-section (1) paragraphs (C) and (I) of NCS Act 2023).

Comptroller Babandede noted that the imported cargo contravened the provision of the law which prohibits and restricts certain goods for the protection of public health and safety

He highlighted the total Duty Paid Value of the seized 7 containers as ₦3,188,454,452.

”Let me state here that the above seizures were made purely from intelligence gathered and information sharing with a sister agency alongside 100% physical examination. 

“I want to also use this opportunity to thank the NDLEA for their collaboration and inter-agency cooperation as seizures of this magnitude could not have been possible without their involvement. 

“Nevertheless, investigation is still ongoing through our Legal/ Intelligent Unit to arrest the culprits and bring them to book as soon as possible.”

He said the command would do the needful in seeking condemnation for the seized containers at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt and thereafter obtain their subsequent forfeiture to the Federal Government.

 “The Command shall continue to address our core responsibilities by employing various risk management strategies aimed at collecting revenue, identifying vulnerable leakages, gathering intelligence and facilitating trade. 

“We cannot but underscore the necessity and imperativeness of leveraging on synergy, collaboration and intelligence sharing with sister agencies and stakeholders as it enhances our revenue drive and anti-smuggling feats. 

“These deliberate and concerted efforts will guide us in contributing our quota towards realizing remarkable results in line with the Vision and Mission of the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi mfr and His Management Team”, he also indicated.

On the issue of containers on Bond Transire, Babandede noted it as a core function of Customs in trade facilitation, entailing a streamlining and simplifying of technical and legal procedures in clearing items entering or leaving Nigeria. 

“These Procedures are guides to which all Customs Officers must adhere. The final destination for clearing any consignment into the Country is at the owner’s or importer’s discretion. 

“This cannot be altered by any Customs officer including the Area Controller. Firstly, the importer has to stipulate the Bonded Terminal or port that will be the final destination right at the country of exportation which is always indicated on the Bill of Laden and is transmitted via the shipping companies to the seaport where the vessel will berth. 

“This negates the erroneous belief that Onne officers connive with operators of Bonded Terminals to transfer containers to Bonded Terminals 

“Secondly, part of the procedure stipulates that these items moving to Bonded Terminals should be on Transire/Bond which is mandatory. 

“The third procedure is escorted from Onne Port to the bonded terminal. These procedures are strictly adhered to by the Onne Customs Command. 

“Any infraction discovered in the course of physical examination will translate to a Demand Notice in order to recover the shortfall in revenue paid or detention in our Government warehouse which will be converted to Seizure”, he explained.

The Comptroller highlighted that the seized codeine was in transit to a Bonded Terminals but due to intelligence gathered, they were step down for physical examination at the mother Port.

He warned that there would be no hiding place for illicit traders and smugglers within his jurisdiction, stressing that the Command would not only fish them out but also get them prosecuted while their goods were forfeited to the Federal Government.

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

…Pledged collaboration to ensure the transportation sector is professionally driven

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola (right), receiving a plaque from the President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr Segun Obayendo, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

The DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr. Segun Obayendo; the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola; the Executive Director of Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; and the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship at the institute.

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

President Bola Tinubu has kicked out the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Muhammed Bello-Koko and replaced him with Dr Abubakar Dantsoho. He also approved the appointment of Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the NPA Board.

A statement by his spokesman, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the new Managing Director is a core professional and holds a PhD, in Maritime Technology.

“Dr Dantsoho holds a Doctorate in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr Abubakar-Dantsoho

“Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing”, Ngelale stated, adding:

“Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician,” the statement further said.

Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye

Adeyeye is a former Minister of State for Works and a former Ekiti South Senatorial District senator.

“The President expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved industry outcomes,” Ajuri Ngelale indicated further.

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed concern over the lack of understanding among some freight forwarders regarding the role of the Enforcement Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Tin Can Port.

In a statement released by NAGAFF Headquarters, the association emphasized that the Enforcement Unit serves as gatekeeper and an intervention force, mandated to police the ports and border stations, acting on intelligence information from the Customs Intelligence Unit, Interpol, and informants.

NAGAFF clarified that the Customs Intelligence Unit operates effectively, bursting revenue crimes in customs ports, and encouraged freight forwarders to report any corruption or observations to the appropriate authorities.

Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The association advised freight forwarders to maintain professional standards, ensuring genuine declaration of imports and exports for customs purposes, as non-disclosure is an offence against customs laws, leading to seizure and prosecution.

NAGAFF assured high response rates from its High Command to protect genuine declarations and compliance, emphasizing that the Comptroller General of Customs and his management team will not tolerate any corrupt acts.

The statement was signed by Dr Clement Iwegbuna, NPS, NAGAFF Hqtrs, and forwarded to the Comptroller General of Customs, DCG Enforcement, and DCG T&T Hqtrs for their information and records.

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