Customs redeploys 8 officers, seizes N1.5bn contraband in Lagos, Ogun

Customs redeploys 8 officers, seizes N1.5bn contraband in Lagos, Ogun

- The Nigeria Customs Service has redeployed eight customs officers to further strengthen the operations of the service

- NCS on Wednesday, April 11, said it impounded over N1.461 billion contraband from suspected smugglers in Lagos and Ogun states in the past two weeks

- Customs also noted that it recovered in one month the sum of N166.208 billion from duty payments and demand notices on general goods from seaports, airport and border stations

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) declared that the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali has approved the redeployment of eight officers for greater service delivery, Daily Trust reports.

Among the redeployed officers are three who are in higher acting capacities. Those appointed in acting capacities are, comptroller Aremu Modupe Adeyanju as Ag. assistant comptroller-general, Strategic Research & Policy (SR&P); Deputy Comptroller Agbara Ojobo Michael as Ag. customs area controller, Ogun command and deputy comptroller Olumoh Kamaluddeen as Ag. CAC, Adamawa/Taraba Command.

The Officers redeployed include: Comptroller Adetoye Francis moved from Adamawa/Taraba to Ports & Terminals Multi-Services Logistics (PTML); Comptroller Loko Yusuf from SR&P to Abia/Imo Command; Comptroller Ajiya Kashim moved from Human Resources and Development (HR&D) to Customs Training College (CTC), Ikeja.

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Others are, Comptroller Sani Madugu from Ogun Command to Enforcement, HQ and Deputy Comptroller Dangaladima Sambo Khalid from SR&P to Presidential Task Force on Cross Border Movement.

A statement from the Public Relations Officer, Attah Joseph, said the CGC charged the affected Officers to see their appointments and redeployments as opportunities to build on the gains of the on-going reforms for enhanced service delivery.

Meanwhile, the NCS on Wednesday, April 11, said it impounded over N1.461 billion contraband from suspected smugglers in Lagos and Ogun states in the past two weeks.

Notable among the seized items were 13 types of exotic cars valued at about N258.140 million.

The Customs Controller in charge of FOU Zone A, Ikeja, Mohammed Uba, made this disclosure at a press conference held yesterday at the unit’s headquarters.

Uba said among the detained 13 exotic vehicles were one Toyota Land Cruiser (2018), one Escalades Cardilac (2017), one Range Rover (2014), three Toyota Camry (2009, 2010 and 2017 models) one Toyota Rav 4, one Toyota Highlander (2014), one Toyota CRV, one Honda Accord, one BMW salon, one Toyota Sienna, and one Hyundai.

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He said though the vehicles were still under detention pending the grace period allowed for the owners to bring relevant customs document, failure on the part of the owner would mean outright forfeiture.

He said: ''The interception was done while on patrol at various locations within our area of jurisdiction. These 13 detained exotic vehicles alone have a duty paid value of N258,137,766.98.

''It will interest you to know that among the detained vehicles in our previous briefing, 64 of them have been converted to seizure after all necessary legal procedures were followed within the week under review, but they are still awaiting court condemnation.''

Comptroller Uba further stated that the unit, through its intervention, recovered in the month of March alone the sum of N166.208 billion from duty payments and demand notices on general goods from seaports, airport and border stations.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that NCS drew the attention of the public to the activities of suspected fraudsters claiming to be conducting recruitment exercises on its behalf.

The customs public relations unit in a statement on Facebook on Thursday, October 26, warned that such persons were looking for greedy and desperate people to defraud.

NCS said such dubious persons were in the habit of using names and pictures of customs officers to deceive people into believing that they are dealing with genuine customs officers.

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Source: Naija.ng

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