Seme Customs Command intercepts 55,000 litres of Smuggled PMS


Seme Border command of  Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)  has intercepted a total of 55,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) smuggled in 2,200×25 litres between 1st December 2017 to date, at Pashi-Yekeme community in Owode and the creeks.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command, Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed who disclosed this in a press briefing at Seme put the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized product at over ten million naira (N10, 000,000).

Mohammed who noted that the smuggling of petroleum product in jericans had been a recurring decimal that customs operatives always nip in the bud being  the command’s modest contribution in ameliorating the suffering of Nigerian masses over the current shortage of the PMS products in the country.

” Today is another milestone in the history of Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, which afforded me the opportunity to showcase the command’s continued and relentless onslaught in combating the smuggling of petroleum products (In jericans of 25 litres and NOT trucks as widely speculated) through the creeks and illegal routes.

“The NCS (Seme border command) is certain and categorical to Nigerians that our operational norms does not allows trucks/tankers of petroleum products to cross the Nigeria territory either through the Seme main border nor its Owode-Apa Outstation. It is pertinent to note that the Owode-Apa Outstation is synonymous to every approved border post manned by all relevant Government security agencies (Nigeria Customs, Police, Immigration, Air force, Navy, DSS, SON, NAFDAC, Quarantine, Civil Defence, among others).

“This is because all loaded trucks with petroleum products meant for Seme axis are strictly monitored and documents provided are carefully scrutinized in order to avoid diversion/infractions, and to equally ensure that the products meant for the axis are actually discharged strictly at the approved filling station along Seme main border or Owode-Apa border communities.

“Our officers of the anti-bunkering unit are detailed to escort all loaded incoming trucks to ensure strict compliance in discharging the products to the border communities. Our surveillance becomes inevitable because Nigerians who resides along the borders have the right to be served with these products for their local economic activities, once the approved structures in the community and the documents of the products are verified to be approved to them by the DPR.

“However, the Seme border command keep patrolling the border to checkmate and ensure that the products discharged and sold to individuals who may be ‘greedy’ and always attempt smuggling it out through the creeks and illegal route at night are apprehended and seized”.

While assuring all Nigerians that the present leadership of the Nigeria Customs Service led by Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali Rtd was ready to bring all erring officers who circumvents government efforts to face the consequences of their actions once their operations was seen to be at abeyance or not in sync with their core mandates, he warned all smugglers and perpetrators of the illicit acts to desist from it or be made to face the full wrath of the law when caught as according to him,” others are currently being convicted”.

Kaduna Dry Port : NSC To Parley Stakeholders  On Operational Procedures  


The Nigerian Shippers’ Council is set  to hold a one-day meeting with its stakeholders on the operations of the Kaduna Dry Port.

The meeting which is expected to focus on the processes of documentation of the Kaduna bound cargoes, obligations of Terminal operators and shipping companies, would hold January 25th 2018 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The meeting would equally look at the expected roles of other stakeholders in ensuring the smooth operations of the facility and how best to successfully operationalise the Kaduna Dry Port.

The Inland Ports being facilitated by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council is an intermodal terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a centre for the shipment of the cargoes to inland destination.

Recall that President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari recently commissioned the Kaduna Inland Dry Port for the commencement of full operations at the Dry Port.

The 5000 TEU facility located on the Kachia Road in Kaduna gained its port status through official gazette having satisfied all requirements recommended by the Federal Ministry of Transportation and Nigerian Shippers’ Council in accordance with international best practices.

Apapa Customs Command Records 99.1% Revenue Targets In 2017 …generates 350b,surpass 2016 collection by 50b.

Despite the general economic challenges in 2017,. the Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service  has successfully collected 99.01 percent of her 2017 annual revenue  target.

Gov Ambode Reshuffles Cabinet, Sacks 3 Commissioners, Appoints 5 new ones

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State
 had earlier today carried out a major cabinet reshufflement, dropping three commissioners and appointing five new ones.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, the three affected cabinet members are Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, Mr. Femi Odubiyi and Mr. Anifowoshe Abiola.
The newly appointed cabinet members include Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Ministry of Science and Technology); Mr. Ladi Lawanson (Ministry of Transportation); Mr Segun Banjo (Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget); Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and Mr. Hakeem Sulaiman (Communities and Communications).
The Statement added that major deployments have also been effected.
Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye from Commerce and Industry to Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mr. Steve Ayorinde from Ministry of Information and Strategy to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan from Communities and Communication to Ministry of Information and Strategy; Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti from Ministry of Wealth Creation to Ministry of the Environment; Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf from Ministry of Youth and Social Development to Ministry of Wealth Creation; Mr. Agboola Dabiri from Central Business District to Ministry of Youth and Social Development.
Others include Dr. Samuel Adejare from Ministry of the Environment to Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Engr. Ade Akinsanya from Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.
In the same vein, the statement also added that Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo has been moved from Special Adviser Commerce and Industry to become Special Adviser Civic Engagement, while Mr. Kehinde Joseph moved from Special Adviser Civic Engagement to become Special Adviser Housing.
Mr. Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser Sports has been redeployed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry and Mr. Anofiu Elegushi moves from Special Adviser Transport to become Special Adviser, Central Business District.
The new Commissioners are expected to be cleared by the State House of Assembly while the other redeployment and postings take immediate effect.
According to the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Bello, the new appointments and redeployments are intended to create a new vigour and vitality for service delivery which has been the hallmark of  Governor Ambode administration.

Revenue Generation : Tincan Customs Falls Short Of Target


Tincan Island command of Nigeria Customs Service has made it known  that the Command could not meet its 2017 revenue target despite  efforts by officers and men of the command.

Year 2017 revenue targets for the  Command  was three hundred and ten billion, two hundred and forty-seven million, three hundred and forty-six thousand, nine hundred and ninety naira, eighty-five kobo (N310, 247, 346, 990. 85).

In a report, signed by the commands image maker Uche Ejesieme,  a total collection of two hundred and eighty- seven billion, six hundred and thirty-two million, nine hundred and twelve thousand, six hundred and sixty seven naira forty nine kobo (N287,632,912,667,49), was generated by the Command thereby recorfing a deficit  target of  twenty- two billion, six hundred and fourteen million, four hundred and thirty-four thousand, three hundred and twenty-three naira, thirty six kobo (N22,614,434,323.36) which translates to 92.71%.

Uche Ejesieme, reveals that Reforms introduced by the CAC in the Operations and Administration areas led to spectacular seizures last year. A total of 2010 (two thousand and ten) Pump Action Riffles during the period with  the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) visiting the Command on three occasions with some members of his management team to address the media on the seizures and other issues.

Ten (10) 40ft containers of both substandard, fake/regulated pharmaceuticals which were intercepted by the command were also handed over to NAFDAC and NDLEA respectively at different times last year.

Following the arms seizures, five (5) officers of the command who demonstrated uncommon diligence through detection of arms in the Command were rewarded with special promotions to the next Rank as an incentive to motivate them to do more.

The promoted officers are A/C S. Chiroma (42988), ASC I E. E. Amaku (50201), ASC I B. T.  Awua (49271), ASC I B. Babagana (55267) and CA/I M. Lawal (46648). They were charged to do more for the Service with their promotions.

From the report, the command is optimistic that the recent deployment of NICIS II platform, the construction of a clinic and an ICT training Centre added to intensified efforts and stakeholders engagement will translate to improved performance in 2018.

NCS Promotes Senior Officers


The Nigeria Customs Service has announced a promotion of three senior officers to the ranks of Deputy Controllers General (DCG) and Assistant Controllers General (ACG) as approved by the Controller General, Col. Hameed Ali.

A press release signed by Joseph Attah, spokesman for the customs disclosed that ACG Isa Talatu Mairo has been elevated to Acting DCG in charge of Tariff and Trade while Bukar Amajam, former Comptroller is elevated to Acting ACG Enforcement,Investigation and Inspection(EI&I)

David Elisha Chikan another Comptroller was promoted to Acting ACG Human Resources and Development.

The redeployed officers, according to the release are DCG Chidi Augustine who moves from Excise,Industrial Incentives and Free Trade Zone to Strategic Research and Policy(SR&P).

DCG Iferi Patience from SR&P to EI&I; ACG Sarki Umar Folashade from EI&I to to SR&P; ACG Fatade Adenrele moved from ZoneD headquarters to EI&I; ACG Enwereuzor moved from SR&P to Zone D headquarters and Azarema Ahmed from Coordinator of CGC Compliance Team to Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri

Others that were moved include Odibu Christopher former Controller Ikorodu Lighter Terminal to Controller Oyo Osun Command and Deputy Comptroller Adeniran J.O. moved from EI&I to Ikorodu Lighter Terminal.

Ali, according to the statement, “charged the affected officers to see their appointments and redeployments as opportunities to contribute their best towards consolidating the gains of the ongoing reforms in the service”

President Buhari Sacks DSS Operatives Attached To His Son …how he secretly acquired 56million Naira Power-Bikes


Following the involvement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s only son, Yusuf in a ghastly accident, during a power-bike racing on Tuesday, December 26,2017, facts have emerged on how Yusuf secretly acquired the two multi million naira bikes.

Reliable source at the presidency said that the two BMW power-bikes, cost a whopping sum of $157, 000, (56million naira) each from Germany were acquired secretly by Yusuf around June, 2017 at the instance of his friend, Bashir Gwandu.

Upon the purchase of the two power bikes, they were kept at Gwandu’s residence, located in Gwarinpa District, in the Bwari Local Government Area.

Yusuf, who is attached with three operatives from the Department of State Service (DSS) reportedly struck a deal with his security details, who allowed him to always sneak out in the night for racing at Gwandu’s place.

The operatives, against their pattern of operation and procedure of duty perpetually rolled out their daily reports without that aspect of Yusuf’s movement, the compromise that got President Buhari seriously infuriated.

It was learnt that the three operatives have since been shown out of the service. The affected operatives were first suspended indefinitely and later dismissed. Yusuf Buhari is still recuperating in hospital after the ghastly bike accident.


Comptroller Uba Mohammed

Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, in its intensified anti-smuggling drive intercepted various contraband goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N4,004,258,331.52 between January to December 2017.

The unit through its interventions recovered a total of N1,956,022,531.65 from duty payments and Demand Notices (DN) on general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airports and border stations through wrong classification, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government of Nigeria. Making the cumulative figure recorded by the Unit in the year 2017 to total N5,960,280,863.00

A total of 179 suspects were arrested in connection to the 1,046 different seizures made within the period, which comprises of foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp, arms, fake pharmaceutical/medicaments and various general merchandise.

According to the Unit boss, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba , ” despite the challenges in 2017, the Unit recorded the highest seizures and revenue so far in the history of Federal Operations Ikeja. He attributed the feat to the focused leadership of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire Management team for their efforts in recognizing hard work and putting square pegs in square holes. “Without the Management motivation and necessary logistic supports, we won’t have achieved this feat within this period”

Similarly, Comptroller Uba while commending the commitment and diligence of the Officers and Men of the unit for thwarting the antics of some dare devil smugglers who used different methods to deceive the service, he charged his officers to be professional and diligent in performing their statutory responsibilities in the year 2018; most especially in the area of anti-smuggling operations by making sure all revenue linkages are blocked.

He enjoined all hands to be on deck in the fight against the economic saboteurs who meant no good for the economy.

He further added that smuggling is a global phenomenon, which cannot be curbed entirely, but can be brought to its barest minimum. The FOU helmsman appreciated all security and sister agencies like the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police, NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON and others that rendered logistics support and cooperation towards winning the war against smuggling within the southwest zone.

He warned all intending smugglers and their accomplices to desist from such illegalities and invest their money in legitimate businesses, as the Unit has devised other operational modalities that will give them a run for their money and maximum losses, accosted with prosecution and jailed.

Comptroller Uba reminded that the Federal Government policy of banning the importation of Vehicles and Rice through the land borders is still inforce and that the Customs is ever ready and equipped to enforce these polices to the latter.

He as well thanked members of the Forth Estate of the Realm for their support and reportage in 2017, calling for their continuous partnership with the Service in the campaign against the evil of smuggling to the nation’s economy and provides necessary intelligence that could also assist the NCS do their job better in 2018 and beyond.

Customs Donates 252,666. Bags Of Rice To IDPs


A total of  421 trailer loads of rice totaling 252,666 units of 50kg bags valued at N3,789,990,000 in the last 22 months has been donated to Internally Displaced Persons  by the Nigeria Customs Service.

This was announced by the service in Lagos at a media briefing by Spokesman of the service, Deputy Controller Joseph Attah, on its activities in the year 2017
He told newsmen that the donations which are in line with a presidential directive on the disposal of perishable seizures after due diligence of court condemnation, were carried out in four states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Edo . The donation was carried out by the National Logistics Committee consisting members from Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Airforce, Nigeria Police Force, FRSC,NSCDC, NAFDAC, NTA, NAN, NUJ and Redcross.
In addition to the rice donation, he said the customs also donated 82,140 jerrycans of 25 litre vegetable oil valued at N985,680,000;  soap worth N52,625,700 in 19,491 cartons and other items including clothing, insecticides ,foot wears,bags and 1 x40ft container loaded with frozen tilapia fish.
Attah said sustained customs anti smuggling efforts have kept customs warehouses filled with seizures despite the various donations made by the service to IDPs.
”Despite tonnes of rice and other relief items already transferred to the IDPs,  Some NCS warehouses are still filled with rice. This only shows that the sustained onslaught against unrepentant rice smugglers continues to yield positive results.
”The ones in the warehouses now are either awaiting court condemnation or forfeiture to the Federal Government or have been already allocated to governments of the affected states who pay the Army Corp of Transport and Logistics for their transportation to the IDPs
”Eventually , the seized rice and other perishable items presently in the warehouses will be given to fellow Nigerians affected by the unfortunate insurgency in the North -East” Attah said.
On the disposal of other seized items, the customs spokesman said the service relying on its extant laws, of Section 167(2) of Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 LFN 2004 to commence an electronic auction regime aimed at eliminating human contacts and entrenching transparency.
The portal according to Attah is opened to all interested persons to bid between 12noon Monday to 12noon Wednesday of every week. A total of 5,454 persons registered while 4,865 bided and 646 bidders emerged winners.
”So far,646 number of vehicles have been won with N272,115,366 generated as revenue for the Federal Government” he said.
He said delays in disposing some seized goods in most government warehouses is associated with  court processes after  documentations and filing the court process for condemnation and forfeiture  in line with the law.
Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali had overhauled the  Ant-Smuggling units/operations resulting in a total of 4, 492 with a duty paid value of N12, 777.321.405. With 207 suspects arrested.

Customs Records N272M from e-auction


The recently introduction of  e-auction process by  the Nigeria Customs Service was based on the need to eliminate abuses associated with manual process of the past. This is to ensure maximum revenue from the process while still providing equal opportunity to all interested Nigerians to log on to the e- auction portal and bid for any item they wish

This new invention has so far yielded positive results as the Service has  generated N272,115,366 from the auction of 646 vehicles under this  electronic auction scheme.

Image maker of the service, Joseph Attah, disclosed this in Lagos when he briefed newsmen on the activities of the service in 2017.

Attah said the e-auction regime eliminates the manual process of auctioning seizures in the past which was lacking in transparency  and did not yield maximum revenue for government.

”The portal is opened to all interested persons to bid between 12noon  Monday to 12noon Wednesday of every week. So far,646 number of vehicles have been won  with N272,115,366 generated as revenue for the Federal Government” he said.

He said customs will continue to be careful in handling goods at its warehouses so as not to be dragged into unnecessary litigation by claimants as a result of illegal disposal.

Attah said the service is meticulous with seizures management  as they are properly documented and kept in government warehouse or constructively warehoused (in the case of inflammable items) following which thorough investigations and compilations of case files are done,

He added that while perishable items such as frozen poultry products and other dangerous items are immediately destroyed , others have to wait for judicial process of court condemnation before they can be disposed off in line with the law.