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SMUGGLING: FOU Lagos set for Yuletide activities – Comptroller Mohammed

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The Federal Operations Unit  (FOU) Zone ‘A’, an anti-smuggling arm of the Nigeria Customs Service in Lagos has assured potential smugglers within the zone, of the Command’s preparedness to tackle their Yuletide season’s adventurism.

The Command Controller, Uba Garba Mohammed who gave the assurance while hosting Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria  (MARAN) led on courtesy call by its President, Godfrey Bivbere, also assured informers assisting the Command’s intelligence arm, of red carpet welcome.

Comptroller Mohammed said the Command has done what should be done: undertake a comprehensive review of smugglers’ activities in the corresponding period of last year, scientifically analyse it; and thereafter, tactically mobilise officers and men to battle those who want to deny Government of its revenue.

“We have redoubled our efforts. We are watching all the nooks and crannies, as well as imaginatively exploring new tracks!”, Comptroller Mohammed stated, warning illicit items traders to save themselves of avoidable pains, by going into legitimate trades.

He said he was fully aware of the usual increased trading activities, including illegal ones at Christmas period, hence the proactive approach of the Command, by ensuring that no stone is actually left, unturned.

Classifying informers as largely consisting of those who oblige base on patriotism as well as those who give information as a means of revenge, for being shortchanged, the FOU command Boss assured them all, of his open door policy at all times.

“We pay for information to avoid the unforseen from happening; and this has always yielded results. Informants have been very helpful to us”, he indicated further, stressing that reliance on intelligence has become a  critical factor, in view of Government’s emphasis on Ease of doing business.

He maintained that Government is very serious on revenue generation, as well as an un-spared protection of the local industry, hence its directive on rice.

“Government is very serious on revenue generation. Government is genuinely serious on rice. We are mandated to effect Government’s directive”, he stated, explaining that while the Command may not intercept containers on the highways, a relevant section of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) actually empowers his officers to trace a cargo into warehouses, on ground of strong suspicion that the importers desire to evade payments of duty to Government.

Comptroller Mohammed pleaded with the business class to always pay Customs duty, stressing that Government is not interested in impounding anyone’s goods.

–Esther Komolafe

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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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