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TIN CAN: Customs Intercepts N4bn Illicit Drugs

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TIN CAN: Customs Intercepts N4bn Illicit Drugs

…CGC Says the drugs include 3 drums of cannabis indica, 877 codeine syrup and 82 cartons of other hard drugs

The Nigeria Customs Service NCS has intercepted large consignments of illicit drugs including cannabis indica, prohibited codeine and other illicit drugs from Canada and India.

 The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Adewale Adeniyi who disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos on Friday, valued the intercepted drugs at N4 billion.

He noted that amongst the drugs intercepted at  Tin Can Island command were 172kg of cannabis steeled in three drums, uncovered through the intelligent unit of the service.

“Intelligence indicated that a lot of terminals are involved in the Customs findings and that there are abuse of procedures involving Customs officers…”

The CGC also highlighted that the drugs included three plastic drums of cannabis indica, 46 bags of cannabis indica, 877 codeine syrup and 82 cartons of other drugs valued at N4 billion.

He explained that the cannabis was intercepted in two 40ft Containers while the intercepted codeine was contained in two 40ft containers.

Adeniyi who described the seizures as a warning to those involved in the unlawful acts, stressed that the service would ensure the dismantling of the network of people involved.

“I promise to apply the heaviest sanction against Customs officers found culpable.

 “Beyond revenue loss, some port operators and officers of the service are suspected to be involved in the illegal drug importation.

“Intelligence indicated that a lot of terminals are involved in the customs findings and that there is abuse of procedures involving customs officers.

.”The importer of the drugs gave two fake addresses which raised customs curiosity leading to the discovery,” Adeniyi said.

He commended the Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Port, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, and his team for the seizures which he described as a fallout of dedication and hard work.

Adeniyi recalled that in recent months, the service had reported numbers of successfully executed interceptions of illicit drugs arms and ammunition, illegal wildlife, and petroleum products at various locations representing chartered efforts to prevent illegal entry and exits into our country through diverse routes.

He drew attention to the misuse and abuse of drugs, particularly cannabis indica and codeine posed severe dangers to our society also leading to devastating effects on our youths.

Adeniyi said that the proceeds from illicit drugs were often used to finance disruptions by non-state actors posing significant strikes to our national security and economy.

“The Nigerian Government under President Bola, Ahmed Tinubu-led administration is determined to stabilise the economy and create an environment where all our citizens can thrive and prosper. 

“As part of these efforts, the Nigeria Customs Service plays a crucial role in revenue collection from legitimate trade and in protecting the society. 

“Our mandates include ensuring that harmful and illegal substances do not find their way into our communities.

“It is within this context that the ongoing collaborative efforts between Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Drug and Law Enforcement Agency and other sister agencies have consistently yielded positive results, “Adeniyi further stated.

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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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