The Murtala Mohammed Airport Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has denied media reports that Imports suspected to be Gaming Machine made by Orion Technologies have been released. 

The customs area controller of the command, Compt. Idris Suleiman made the clarification while conducting journalists round the seizures effected by his command in the first half of the year. 

He disclosed further that the items will remain under customs detention until full investigations on the imports are completed. 

Compt. Suleiman stated that 82 seizures were made by the command in the first half of the year 2005. The seizures consist mainly of textiles and shoes falsely declared by the importers as personal effects. He attributed the high seizures figure to the insistence of his officers and men to subject all imports through the command to 100% examination. 

The total duty paid value of the seizures is estimated at about 90 million naira.


As smugglers get more ingeneous and sophisticated the Nigeria customs service is poised towards strengthening the intelligence network to meet the challenges of pre-emptive strikes on the criminals. 

Accordingly, a total of 387 officers and men are currently under-going intelligence and capacity building training programmes at the customs training college in Lagos. 

The success story of high revenue generation and spectacular siezures of contrabands have often been made possible due to credible intelligence reports.


Comptroller-General of Customs Jacob Gyang Buba gave this commendation at Idiroko Border during the official commissioning of the new Customs Clinic and the Computer literacy centre of Customs Primary School, Idiroko. 

The Comptroller-General, who was represented at the commissioning by the Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of Corporate Service and Economic Relations, Abubakar Malam, stated that the new medical facility is aimed at boosting the morale of officers and men of the command who are often faced with life-threatening and fatal injuries suffered in the hands of dare-devil smugglers. 

He announced the donation of an Ambulance Van and large quantities of Drugs to the Clinic. A frontline Customs Agents, and Chief Executive Officer of Socopao Ventures, Chief Akeem Adigun also announced the donation of a 25-KVA generator for the clinic. 

Earlier in his welcome address, the Customs Area Controller, Rasheed Taiwo said the clinic will take-off immediately has facility for out-patient, anti-natal, maternity, family planning and counseling services. He called on Customs Management to deploy adequate and qualified medical personnel to run the clinic. Guests were later conducted round the facilities in the clinic, while the representative of the Comptroller-General was registered as the first patient of the clinic.


Earlier, the Computer Room of the Customs Primary School, Idiroko, established by the Area Command to encourage computer literacy among pupils at their early ages, was commissioned. 

Head Teacher of the school, Chief Emmanuel Jagundina commended the commitment of the Customs Area Controller to ensure the maintenance of academic excellence, for which the school is re-known in the area. 3 pupils, Isaac Grace, Ndayako Mohammed and Nnadi Fortunate, all children of Customs officers, who got the best results in last Junior Secondary School Examination were presented with certificates of excellence. Pupils of the school later treated Guest to rounds of cultural displays.


The Seme Border command, of the Nigeria Custom Service recorded a total seizure of about 750 cartons of assorted poultry products with duty paid value of approximately tree million naira within the first week of July. 

The extra alert officers and men of the operations unit of the command, who aborted attempts by smugglers to bring into Nigeria the contraband item, made the interception and subsequent seizure of the poultry products. 

In an operation led by Superintendent of Customs Mamu, all illegal routes around the border area were combed to fish out the smuggled items. 

These seizure, some abandoned, were as a result of effective and sustained patrols of the entire area. 

The frozen poultry were destroyed in the presence of other relevant agencies in accordance with the law.


Following intelligence reports, the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Rasheed Taiwo led a team of crack officers to Ilashe village to identify the buildings. Officers subsequently swooped on the illegal warehouse, while armed operatives took strategic positions in the village to forestall any incident. The villagers reputed for their open hostilities towards Customs operatives watched in disbelief as over 300 bags of 50 kg rice and sugar were emptied from the houses into customs trucks and patrol vans.


The problems associated with provision of adequate welfare facilities for officers and men have been a recurring issue in Nigeria Customs Service. In recent past, complaints from the rank and file has bothered on the inadequacy of befitting office and residential accommodation. Though this problem was noticeable in all Customs commands, nationwide, it is more acute in the border areas. 

In addition to this, absence of an insurance scheme, comprehensive in nature and scope and commensurate with the grave dangers Customs Operatives are exposed to in the course of their duties have been a source of worry to officers and their dependents. Limited access to basic medical facilities, absence of recreational facilities and non-competitive take home pay are some of the other indices of a poor welfare package for officers. 

Conscious of the overall effect of this situation on staff morale and productivity; management of the Nigeria Customs Service had decided to embark on a series of projects and schemes aimed at boosting staff welfare. Though most of the details are currently being finalized, the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Corporate Service and Economic Relations, Abubakar Malam, used the occasion of commissioning of one of the projects last week to unfold a broad outline of Customs Management’s welfare programmes. He explains the objective of Customs management’s welfare policies. 

These include: 

Officers who suffer permanent incapacitation or the families of those who die on active service are now entitled to an amount three times their annual basic salary; 

Early retirees, that is, officers who withdraw their services before putting 10 years of service are entitled to 50% of their basic annual salary; while those who spend 10 years and above are entitled to 100%; 

Family of all categories of officers is entitled to ₦80, 000 burial expenses; 

Each Junior Officers is entitled to an annual medical /accident benefits of ₦50,000 while Senior Officers are entitled to ₦100,000. 

Customs Management is also making steady progress in the area of Barracks accommodation. Last Week, a new 23 Unit one bedroom flat was commissioned in Abeokuta for the immediate use of officers and men of the Ogun Command, by the Comptroller-General of Customs. During an inspection of the facility, Comptroller Rasheed Taiwo urged Customs management to provide additional funding for provision of infrastructures like erosion control and electrification of the barracks. 

Other Barracks projects completed and waiting commissioning are:  

The 20 units one-bedroom apartments at Customs barracks, Airport Road, Abuja, 

46 units one-bedroom apartments flats at mile 4 and Ebubu barracks, Port Harcourt Rivers State, and  23 units one-bedroom flats in Kano. 

Similar projects are nearing completion at Banki Border Station, Borno State. Ilela in Sokoto State and Warri, Delta State. The Customs Training Colleges in Lagos and Kano are also to benefit from the projects as construction works for Auditorium and 63 room Hostels are in advanced stages of completion 

To compliment these efforts, other schemes aimed at individual officers are being fine tuned to add value to the welfare programmes. These include the new Customs Cooperative and Thrift Society, established by the management, provision of motorcycle loans, and access to Housing loan up to the tune of ₦5 million through the instruments of the National Housing Fund (NHF). 

In addition to the establishment of a full-fledged Customs Medical Unit which administers over 12 clinics nationwide, officers are now entitled to refunds of medical expense, while sponsorship for overseas treatment could also be granted when situation demands. 

Existing Customs Nursery and Primary Schools in Idiroko, Kano and Kaduna are now to be fully acquired by the Service, while new ones will be established in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. 

The comptroller-General however stressed that provisions of these facilities and scheme are closely linked to the policy on posting, whose thrust is to move officers around whenever the situation demands it.


The Port Harcourt Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has seized twenty-six packages of foreign Textiles imported into the country through the Port-Harcourt International Airport. 

The seized items consisting a total of 3,681 pieces of shirts, skirts, and blouses valued at over ₦4 million were on board a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany. 

The Command’s Comptroller Abiodun Adeogun said that the command would conduct investigations into the illegal importation.


As the current debate on the privatization of the Nations Seaports rages on, the role of the Nigeria Customs Service in the regime has come under focus Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs Excise and Industrial Incentives, Mrs. Faith Umoh addressed the issue in paper she delivered at a workshop organized by the Bureau of Public Enterprise in collaboration with the Nigerian Ports Authority, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The workshop was attended by some principal officers of the Port Harcourt Area I command including the area comptroller, Mr. Abiodun Adeogun, and comptroller Federal Operations Unit Zone C, Onaolapo Onadepo.


Outstanding salaries for the month of May and June 2005 for Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service will be paid from this week. 

The Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of Corporate Service and Economic Relations, Abubakar Malam disclosed this at the lunching of some welfare projects at the Idiroko Border Station. He informed a delighted audience including officers and men of the command, as well as their relations that the Service has secured a special facility from the Federal Government to pay the outstanding salaries. 

Payments for the salaries were stalled following Federal Government’s approval for a new funding scheme for the Service, known as the cost of collection method. 

A vacuum was however created when previous monthly allocations to the Service were stopped before the release of warrants for the new funding system.

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