KATSINA SEIZURE

In another development, the Katsina Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has seized eleven Jumbo Bales of second hand clothings and other textile materials. Comptroller of the command, Garba Makarfi stated that the items consisted mainly of children wears being smuggled through the Nigerien border. The seized items are valued at over ₦10, million. 

In a related developmnet, a patrol team from the Kwara Area Command intercepted and seized a truck loaded with bails of textile materials along the one of the border stations. 

The seizure according to the patrol loader was made possible as a result of intelligence information.

JOINT BORDER PATROL

The sub-committee set up to compile the logistic requirements for an effective Joint Police Customs Immigration border patrols, has been traversing the remote operational bases and stations of the three services to assess the state of facilities and take inventory of operational requirements. 

The sub-committee headed by ACG Ade Fadahunsi of the Nigeria Customs Service, with other members drawn from the participating agencies had rounded up its visit to border stations in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano and Katsina State i.e. the facilities inspected in Mubi include the Sahuda Customs Station in Mubi, the Immigration Control Post, Sahuda and the Nigeria Police Station Sahuda. The buildings, generating sets water wells and vehicles were found to be in critical state of disrepair and sometimes in disused state. 

Other border areas visited were customs; immigrations and police facilities in Banki, Gamboru and the Borno State headquarter buildings of the various services commands. 

A significant observation of the subcommittee is the residence at which the various service operatives carry on their statutory functions despite the difficulties of poor infrastructure, collapsing operational facilities and vagaries of the climate. 

The subcommittee was mandated by the three agencies to assess the state of infrastructural facilities on ground, operational tools, office and residential accommodation, and make appropriate recommendations to the Minister of internal affairs who is the co-coordinator of the Joint Border Patrol.

BONDED WAREHOUSES OPERATIONS SUSPENDED

The operations of not less than 3 bonded terminals in Lagos were suspended within this year by the management of the Nigeria Customs Service for aiding and abetting the diversion of containers and fraud in the clearance of such containers.

The Deputy Controller General of Customs, Kayode Ogundeji who addressed journalists in Lagos on the special operation at the Apapa Port, said operators of the affected warehouse were sanctioned with huge penalties before their was set up were reopened.

He said that the special committee with a view to identifying these that are not legitimately at the port is carrying out a staff audit of all Customs operators at the various terminals cut of Apapa Port.

At a question and answer session, some of the stakeholders expressed their concerns about the exercise but however gave support to the special operation.

It will be recalled that following the increasing the wave of seizure of prohibited goods released from Apapa Ports and the desperate attempts by some unscrupulous importers to remove large number of containers of contraband from the port, Customs Headquarters directed a special operation to restore sanity in the port and ensure strict implementation of government fiscal policies.

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