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FOU Ikeja Snatches N334m Contraband



  •  As Mohammed records N608m revenue in 42 days
  • Senegal seeks improved trade, investment ties with Nigeria

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’, an anti smuggling arm of the Customs Service in Ikeja, Lagos has recorded 152 seizures with a Duty Paid Value of N334,042,396 in a spate of 42 days, ending June 12, 2017.

The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Uba Garba Mohammed who indicated this in news briefing today at Ikeja also noted that the FOU rediscovered N273,657,138 from duty payments and demand notices on goods which tried to beat the system from the seaports, airports and border stations, cumulatively bringing the revenue to N607,717,535 between April 1 to June 12, 2017.

Highlighting that 10 suspects were already  railed in, Comptroller Mohammed gave a breakdown of the seizures which included vegetable oil, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp, used tyres and other merchandise, but with five container loads outstanding.

“You will agree with me that smuggling is a global phenomenon, which cannot be curbed entirely, but can be brought to its barest minimum” the FOU Controller warned smugglers to stay off his jurisdiction, highlighting that officers of the Command were daily getting better at unravelling smugglers’ tricks despite their increasing dexterity and adventurism.

One of the containers impounded for false declaration.

“Recently and above all was the interception of 384 parcels of Indian hemp concealed inside six bales of second hand clothing from Ghana, along Iyana- Ipaja Road, based on information.

“In the spirit of inter agency relationship, the suspect and the content will be handed over to the NDLEA for prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction to serve as deterrent to others.

“Notably, based on information and after physical examination, we have seized five containers that contravened Customs law by means of false declaration and breach of import prohibition list trade.

“While two of the containers carried 4,982 pieces of used tyres; the other containers carried 1,292 pieces of general calcium vehicle batteries; piston and rings, compressors; as against Pneumatic transmission valves and cylinder linear, declared in their Single Good Declaration (SGDs).

“This act of false declaration falls under section 46 (f) of CEMA Cap C45 LFN 2004, which is tantamount to outright seizure. One of the containers was also loaded with unprocessed rough wood ready for export”, Comptroller Mohammed stated further, noting that with the intransigence of the smugglers and the determined commitment of his officers, it would definitely not be long before the Command would again be addressing another press briefing in respect of new seizures.

… another case of alleged concealment/ false declaration indicated by FOU IKEJA Controller , Uba Garba Mohammed, today.

The MARITIME FIRST noted a seizures breakdown which shows 6,356 bags of 50kg rice with a DPV of N78,395,221; 2,495 cartons of frozen poultry with a DPV of N22,455,000; 13 units of vehicles valued N58,819,500; 45 units of general goods valued NN78,091,850; and 384 parcels of 232kg of Indian hemp valued at N18,432,000 amongst others.

In the meantime, the Senegalese Government has called for improved trade and investment ties with Nigeria to boost intra Africa trade.

Mr Mamadou Lamine, Director, Investment Promotion and Major Projects (APIX), Senegal, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.

Lamine spoke on the sideline of the ECOWAS Investment Climate Scorecard Round Table that seeks to review the barriers militating against cross-border trade in member countries.

The two-day event tagged: Improved Business and Investment Climate in West Africa is a 7.7 million Euro project funded by the European Union while the World Bank Group provided the technical assistance.

Lamine said there was need for strong inter-connectivity between Nigeria and Senegal to reach new markets and expand the present bilateral trade between both nations for mutual economic gains.

“There is already a strong foundation of trade relations between Nigeria and Senegal and an even stronger rationale to expand upon it.

“Nigeria is a big market and Senegal is one of the doors through which Nigeria can use to go to North of Africa.

“We seek to bridge the gap by facilitating dialogue, business dealings and knowledge transfer between both countries,” he said.

He said that both countries could explore opportunities in agriculture, fabrics, financial services, machinery and oil and gas.

“We have just discovered natural gas and would stand to benefit from Nigeria’s knowledge in the processing of natural gas,” Lamine said.

The director also called for the revival of direct flight from Lagos to Dakar to ease movement and commercial activities between both countries.

He stressed that strong economic ties would increase investment inflows, drive growth, reduce poverty and create jobs for citizens of both nations.

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MWUN: Pay Aged Seafarers’ Entitlement, Adeyanju Urges Oyetola



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The President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN}, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju has urged the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola to look inward first and protect the rights of aged seafarers who have contributed immensely to the growth of this country.

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, who made the call in his chat with newsmen during the 2023 MARAN Annual Maritime Lecture organized by Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, also enjoined the Minister to see this counsel as a topmost agenda.

“It is only in Nigeria that people who contributed to the growth of the economy are not valued until after their death, people that have contributed to sea fearing in Nigeria today, some of them are languishing in poverty. 

“The Court judgment is very clear with an instruction that their pension and gratuity should be paid; but as I speak, the pension and gratuity are yet to be paid, despite meetings and letters being sent.

“Ministries of Transport and that of Labour set up Committees to look into it for verification exercise to be carried out on all sea fearers in Nigeria (including the deceased) so that they of their next of kins can be paid their benefits but when the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy came in and was trying to float NNSL, we reminded him that the retirees have not been paid their rights, 

“We are not asking him not to do anything he wishes to do, our stand is that all retirees must get their rights and if that is not done we might be forced to resort to industrial action” he declared.

Speaking on the issue of insecurity in the maritime industry, Comrade Adeyanju said: “The insecurity in the port is the order of the day and the government needs to be blamed as a result of not empowering the security agents that are supposed to manage the affairs of security in the ports.

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President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), an Ibadan Prince, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju

“You could imagine the Marine Police, hardly will you see them with boats for them to patrol. 

You go to Area B, and even within the port here in Apapa, there are no facilities for them to work. How do you expect the security to be managed? We should use this medium to tell the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), and all the relevant stakeholders to encourage the security agents within the port, for them to give optimal performance as it is expected of them” he concluded.

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Idiroko Customs Uncovers 975 Rounds of  Ammunition Concealed In 5 Bags Of Rice 



The Ogun 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service uncovered the antics deployed by unscrupulous criminals to smuggle in live ammunition through a bush path along Palace/Ayetoro road, Imeko, Afon local Government area of Ogun State.

The perpetrators are however, yet to apprehend.

 Five bags of foreign parboiled rice containing 975 rounds of red star live cartridges were intercepted at 0005hrs on Monday 27, November 2023.

Disclosing this on Wednesday, the Acting Customs Area Controller of the Command, Bello Shuaibu, said that  efforts are underway to track the perpetrators of the illicit importation.

*Bello Shuaibu,…yet to apprehend the perpetrators

He expressed delight on how operatives of the Command thwarted the evil plans of the enemies of the State by preventing smuggling of live ammunition into the country.

His words: “Our presence here today depicts our unwavering commitment to safeguarding and strengthening the security architecture of our beloved nation against insecurity as we will be showcasing our most recent anti smuggling exploits. We are delighted to report that we have thwarted the evil plans of the enemies of the State by preventing the smuggling of live ammunition into the country.”

He added that arms and ammunition smuggling is a high-intelligence operation, as perpetrators often attempt to evade the watchful eyes of law enforcement agents.

 He stated that the war against illegal firearms requires concerted and collaborative efforts from law-abiding citizens of this country to checkmate such a nefarious activity.

 “Smuggling of arms and ammunition is a menace that knows no borders and feeds on the vulnerability of our society,” he said.

He warned that the consequences of unchecked smuggling of arms and ammunition are severe, ranging from the empowerment of criminal organizations to escalating crises and compromising national security. 

He reiterated that for these reasons, his command will not relent nor compromise in waging war against the smuggling of unlawful arms and ammunition in building a safe and stable nation.

Shuaibu explained that the operatives of the command uncovered the secret of the unscrupulous elements when  operatives  conducted a sessional and intelligence-based operation to unravel the tactics deployed by unscrupulous elements to bring in live ammunition through the Imeko axis of the State.

“We have been on the trail of the ammunition for about a week. Fortunately, at 00:05 hours of the day, we received an intel that the five bags of foreign parboiled rice, containing live cartridges of Red Star ammunition, had been carefully hidden in a bush path along the Palace-Ayetoro road, Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

“Our operatives went to the spot and evacuated the five bags of rice without any encounter. The bags of rice were suspected due to the unusual threading and sewing of the sacks. This quickly aroused the suspicion of our operatives, leading to their opening for proper examination at the Border station.

“During the examination, about 975 rounds of Red Star live cartridges were found to have been ingeniously concealed in the bags. We have intensified efforts to track down the perpetrators of this nefarious act for them to be brought to justice. We recognize the potential danger of arms and ammunition trafficking, which is life-threatening. We shall not renege on our efforts in combating smuggling activities in their entirety,” the Acting Controller said. 

He appreciated the officers and men of the Command for their bravery and commended the patriotism of their informant.

 “We call on well-meaning Nigerians with useful intel to collaborate with us in enhancing the security of our dear nation. You are assured of maximum security cover. Let me use this medium to reiterate that we remain resolute in promoting national security,” he assured.

He also expressed gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi for his support and enhancement of the Command’s operations. Shuaibu equally extended his appreciation to sister agencies for the synergy and collaboration the command has continuously enjoyed.

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$54,330: Comptroller Nnadi Again Hands Over Snatched Funds To EFCC



…Dera Nnadi Credits feat to Officers’ patriotic selflessness, and CGC’s Impactful Spirit

The Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) Customs Area Controller, Dera Nnadi this week handed over to the Federal Government, $54,330 bribe money snatched from those wanting the Command to clear Tramadol, falsely declared as electrical appliances, valued at over N856m.

While handing over the Dollars to the Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) , Mr. Michael Wetkas, Comptroller Nnadi specifically emphasized the zero tolerance for corruption stance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, MFR.

Twice as Strong: Comptroller Dera Nnadi after handing over snatched funds to the EFCC at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos

The Maritime First learnt that this was not the first time Comptroller Dera Nnadi was actually handing over snatched funds to the Federal coffers. He similarly performed same act, while he headed the Seme Border Customs Command.

Ironically, it was through the same EFCC chieftain, Mr. Michael Wetkas that he had returned the snatched Dollars to the Federal coffers.

*Crispy $54,330 going into Federal coffers through the EFCC

Fielding questions on how truly a Nigerian he is, returning such hard currency, only few weeks to Christmas, the Tin Can Island Port Controller praised the selfless and patriotic commitment of the officers and men of the Command, while noting the huge and impactful, motivational influence of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi.

Comptroller Nnadi said the illegal importation of the Tramadol was in clear violation of Section 233 of Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCAA) 2023 and commended the officers who stood their grounds to work ethically and lawfully in the interest of national security.

He also called for continuous compliance on the part of port users and reminded them that the NCS with the collaboration of sister agencies like EFCC will continue to frustrate criminal activities in the port.

Nnadi specially thanked his predecessor, Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede, under whose watch, this particular seizure was achieved, describing him as a noteworthy example of what the Service is preaching. He highlighted that two suspects who were arrested in connection with the two containers, were currently being investigated by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control for possible prosecution.

In his reaction, the EFCC Lagos Zonal Boss, Mr. Michael Wekas while taking over the cash, described the feat as a victory for the country and to all the security agencies.

He delightfully celebrated the officers of the TCIP Command which achieved the feat. He also lauded the CGC, for the letter of commendation written, in appreciation of the six Customs officers who refused to bow to pressure and inducement, from the owners of the illicit drugs.

*The Command’s Special six

He promised continued collaboration between the EFCC, NCS and other sister agencies, stressing that, the era of working without collaboration is gone.

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