SOKOTO/KEBBI/ZAMFARA COMMAND SURPASSES 2016 REVENUE TARGET: NETS OVER ₦2 BILLION

Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara Command has collected ₦2,094,428,602.00 billion naira representing 122.13 percent of the 2016Annual Revenue Target. This represents a surplus of ₦379,484,162 million naira above the annual target given by the Service Headquarters. The Command collected ₦1,291,328,712.22 billion naira in 2015. The performance of 2016 represents an increase of ₦803,099,889.78 million naira or 62.19 percent over what was collected in 2015. 

The Command also made 161 seizures of various smuggled items including 6000 bags of foreign rice, 5200 Jerri cans of vegetable oil,1150 bales of secondhand cloths, mosquito repellant and used vehicles with total Duty Paid Value of about 200 million naira. 20 suspects arrested in connection with the seizures were granted bail while investigation is on going with a view to prosecuting them. 

The CAC further wish to use this medium to reiterate the ban on the importation of foreign rice and vehicles through land borders and call on legitimate importers to comply with the Federal Government Fiscal Policies and explore other legitimate alternatives and windows available for importation of the restricted items. 

Signed 
Musa, Adamu Yusuf 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Customs Area Controller 
Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara Command

FOU ZONE “A” NETS IN OVER ₦1.3 BILLION IN DECEMBER 2016, ARRAIGNS TWO CHINESE MEN IN COURT

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone “A” Ikeja, Lagos in the month of December 2016 alone having intensified its anti-smuggling operations intercepted various contrabands with a duty paid value (DPV) of Eight Hundred and Ninety Three Million, Eight Hundred and Seventy Three Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty Naira only (₦893,873,250.00).

2. In same vein, the unit through its interventions recovered Four Hundred and Ninety Four Million, Four Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy Five Naira, Ninety Two Kobo only (₦494,416,975.92) from duty payments and demand notices on vehicles and other general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government of Nigeria, making a cumulative of One Billion, Three Hundred and Eighty Eight Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty Five Naira, Ninety Two Kobo (₦1,388,290,225.92).

3. This huge recovery in the history of the Unit just in one month was attributed to the leadership by example and motivation the Comptroller gave to the Officers and Men of the Unit when he assumed duty and some appreciable compliance levels of some patriotic Nigerians who voluntarily paid appropriate duties on their goods and vehicles before the deadline on the ban of vehicles through the land borders which was January 1, 2017. 

4. While commending the Officers and Men of the Unit for living up to their statutory responsibilities in suppression of smuggling and enhancing trade facilitation towards sustaining best international standards, the Controller, Federal Operations Unit “A”, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu thanked the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) for his effort in appreciating hard work and diligence to duty, and for always been there in giving helping hands when the need arises. 

5. In another development, the Unitalso arraigned two Chinese smugglers Mr. Shu Xiang Quan and Mr. Wu Sheng He and One Nigerian Mr. Ugochukwu Frank before Hon. Justice Mohammed Hassan of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos State on Thursday 29th December 2016 on four (4) counts charge of storing and exporting prohibited items. (Court charge attached for ease of reference).

6. The three suspects have been remanded in Ikoyi Prison for trial as the case was adjourned to January 5th and 23rd, 2017 respectively. Badejogbin David ESQ who led the legal team of the Nigeria Customs Service prayed that the court expedite the legal proceedings to serve as deterrent to others.A total of 22 Suspects were arrested in the month of December. 

7. You will recall that part of the responsibility of the Federal Operations Unit is to enforce different International protocols and conventions that have continued to increase the responsibilities of the Nigeria Customs Service most especially in area of trade facilitation. Notably, the Controller Federal Operations Unit, Zone A Comptroller Haruna Mamudu said that the United Nations chatter on preservation of endangers species entails that Customs Administrations globally protect wild life by intercepting illegal trade on such animals. 

8. The comptroller said that the seized tusks and unprocessed animal scale would be handed over to the Nigeria Environment Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for further action. He said his Unit would not relent in its effort in intercepting all contrabands from either going out or coming into the country. 

9. In the month under review, 126 different seizures were recorded comprising Raw Hide/Skin, Elephant tusks, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp and various general merchandise. 

SIGNED 
Jerry Attah 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Controller FOU A.

CUSTOMS REDEPLOYS SENIOR OFFICERS

In a bid to strengthen operations and reposition the Service to meet the challenges of the new year 2017, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has approved the redeployment of 8 Assistant Comptrollers-General and 238 Deputy Comptrollers with immediate effect. 

Assistant Comptrollers-General affected are: 
– ACG Charles Edike from Zone A to Human Resource Development (HRD) 
– ACG Ahmed Mohammed from HRD to Zone B 
– ACG Aminu Dangaladima from Zone B to Enforcement 
– ACG Francis Dosumu from Enforcement to Zone D 
– ACG Augustine Chidi from Zone D to Excise, Free Trade Zone and Industrial Incentives(Ex,FTZ, & I I) 
– ACG Monday Abueh from Ex,FTZ, & I I to Zone A 
– ACG Umar Sanusi from HQ to Zone C 
– ACG Abdulkadir Azerema from Zone C to HQ 

The redeployment of Deputy Comptrollers of Customs affected the Service Public Relations Officer, DC Wale Adeniyi, who is now posted to Apapa Customs Area Command, Lagos. 

As all the affected officers report at their new Zones and Commands, the Comptroller-General reiterated Federal Government ban on importation of Rice and Vehicles through the land borders. He charged all Officers and Men of the Service to ensure maximum collection of revenue and strict implementation of fiscal policy of Government. 

“PLASTIC RICE NOT PLASTICIZED, BUT UNSATISFACTORY FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION” – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confirmed that the 102 bags of rice seized by Customs operatives earlier this month is unsatisfactory for human consumption due to contaminations by microorganisms even as they have clarified that they are not plasticized. 

The NAFDAC Acting Director-General, Mrs Yetude Oni made this confirmation at a joint press briefing with the Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja yesterday after carrying out laboratory tests on samples of rice seized by Customs officials in Lagos. 

According to her, “The product is not plastic but rice contaminated with microorganisms above permissible limit, hence the seized rice consignment is unsatisfactory and therefore unwholesome for human consumption.”

The Acting DG further provided the full report of the laboratory test carried out: 
1. Floating – Negative 
2. Sedimentation – Positive 
3. Cooking – Normal 
4. Odour – Normal 
5. Colour – Off-white grains 
6. Moisture – 13% (within specification) 
7. Pre-ashing – Normal 
8. Ash – 0.6% (within specification) 
9. Lead and Cadmium – Not detected 
10. Aerobic mesophillic count – 2.8×105 cfu (above maximum limits) 
11. Mould – 5.1×103 cfu – (within specification) 
12. Coli form – 7.5×103 cfu (above maximum limits) 
13. E-coli – <3cfu (within specification) 
14. Packaging – Does not conform to NAFDAC pre-packaging Food labeling regulations 2005 

In his own remarks, the Comptroller-General of Customs who was represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of Tariff and Trade, Umar Iya Abubakar explained that the seizure of 102 bags of rice was made based on an earlier intelligence reports received from the office of the National Security Adviser and glaring lapses in the packaging of the bags of rice. 

He said, “Our operatives in Lagos intercepted a consignment of Rice, Customs action was based on an earlier intelligence we received from Office of the National Security Adviser, alerting us and other frontline Agencies that large consignments of plasticized rice were said to be shipped from the Far East to Africa. As the largest market for imported Rice in Africa, Customs took the alert seriously and charged Officers to watch out for such imports that do not conform with regulatory requirements. “

“When the consignments of Rice in question were brought to Customs Warehouse, our apprehension became heightened when we observed glaring lapses in the packaging. The bags of Rice had no NAFDAC Number, batch number, manufacturing, or expiry dates. We could also not see any detail about the manufacturers on the bag. We were left with no option than escalating our findings to the Agency that is statutorily charged with the responsibility of confirming the true status of the import.” 

FG BANS IMPORTATION OF VEHICLES THROUGH THE LAND BORDERS

1. Importation of vehicles into Nigeria through the land Borders have been banned by the Federal Government. The prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles. 

2. The Ban is sequel to a Presidential Directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria Sea Ports only. The order takes effect from 1st January 2017. 

3. The restriction on importation of vehicles follows that of Rice, whose imports have been banned through the land Borders since April 2016. 

4. Importers of vehicles through the land borders are requested to utilize the grace period up till 31st December 2016 to clear their vehicle imports landed in neighbouring Ports. 

Signed 
Wale Adeniyi 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

TINCAN ISLAND PORT GENERATES OVER ₦25 B IN NOVEMBER 2016.CHARGES STAKEHOLDERS TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH DUE DILIGENCE IN THEIR TRANSACTION

The Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island Port have generated ₦25.7 billion in the month of November, 2016. This was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller Comptroller BASHAR YUSUF during a session with some critical stakeholders in his office recently. 

The Controller stressed that the Command, will continue to explore all avenues for maximum revenue collection, in view of the exigencies of the moment, which has placed more responsibility on the Service. Addressing stakeholders at the premises of SDV/SCOA where he had gone to handover a 1 x 20ft container of  “READY TO EAT FOOD” preparations like: Egusi Soup, Jollof Rice, Ogbono, Yam Porridge etc, the Controller described the scenario as an aberration considering the fact that the Federal Government of Nigeria in her wisdom granted zero duty for the importation of machinery for the packaging of Agricultural products into the country, and wondered why an indigenous menu would be imported into the country at a time when investors are much sought for to boast local Industries. 

Speaking further, he charged would be investors to look at the export potentials which abound in the country and take advantage of same for their Socio-Economic benefits. 

In a related development, while briefing a group of senior officers undergoing training programme in the Command, the Controller admonished them to see professionalism, integrity and transparency as their watchword, while also ensuring effective leadership and supervision in their areas of official duty. 

He stated categorically that the various trade facilitation tools as provided in the automation of Customs procedures will guide them in the discharge of their functions and charged them to see training and re-training as a veritable tool that will sharpen their reflexes towards achieving desired results. 

Finally he expressed appreciation with the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) for effectively re-positioning the Service to the extent that despite the global recession, NCS is still working tirelessly to remain on top of their statutory mandate. He noted that it could not have been possible if not for the pragmatic leadership of the Col. and his Management. 

“In this era and dispensation, officers are expected to be above board with a deep sense of commitment and responsibility in the discharge of their functions”. He added that the change ideology of the Comptroller General must be given priority attention and warned that failure to key into the new order will be seriously sanctioned. 

UCHE EJESIEME 
Public Relations Officer, 
For: Customs Area Controller 
Nigeria Customs Service 
Tin Can Island Port 
Apapa – Lagos. 

TINCAN ISLAND PORT UNCOVERS TWENTY (20) CONTAINERS OF 25KG VEGETABLE OIL FALSELY DECLARED AS DISODIUM PHOSPHATE

Following the renewed vigor and enthusiasm of the Tincan Island Port in blocking all flashpoint for Revenue leakages, the Command recently intercepted twenty (20) Containers of Vegetable Oil wrongly declared as Disodium Phosphate. This declaration was made by the Customs Area Controller COMPTROLLER Bashar Yusuf, while on a routine visit to the Terminal. He stated that a certain clearing agent named PATWED INVESTMENTS COMPANY presented three (3) Single Goods Declarations (SGDs) with C-No. 102101, purporting to be having seven (7) containers of 7588pk of Disodium Phosphate, while another seven (7) containers and six (6) respectively had different pkgs of the same consignment – DISODIUM PHOSPHATE. 

Speaking further, the Controller stated that upon 100% examination with other relevant agencies, it was discovered that non of the containers had Disodium Phosphate other than 25kg kegs of Vegetable Oil. 

Answering questions on the implications of such infraction, the Controller maintained that his Command will stop at nothing in it’s resolve to ensure that 100% examination is conducted on all cargoes so as to nip all manner of infraction in the bud in line with the change mantra of the Federal Government and the Comptroller General of Customs. 

Speaking further, the Controller pointed out that pain taking investigation will be conducted to identify those behind the illicit act for prosecution. On the legal implications, the Controller pointed that the importation contravenes the import regulations, particularly sections 46 & 47 of the Customs and Excise Management act, CAP C 45 Laws of the Federation as amended. 

The Controller commended the seizing officers for demonstrating due diligence and professionalism in the discharge of their official functions. 

He vowed to deal decisively with non-compliant importers or their agents, while assuring those who are compliant with the extant laws of his readiness to ensure facilitation of their legitimate trade. 

 

UCHE EJESIEME 
Public Relations Officer, 
For: Customs Area Controller 
Nigeria Customs Service 
Tin Can Island Port 
Apapa – Lagos. 

NCS DISMISSES 29 SENIOR OFFICERS

Twenty-nine (29) Senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been dismissed for various acts of gross misconduct. The dismissed officers are among forty-four (44) Senior officers who were punished for actions capable of compromising national economy and security. 

2. Ten (10) other officers were retired from Service, while the appointment of one (1) was terminated. Four (4) officers were given written warnings to be of better conduct while another 4 officers who were investigated and tried for some offences were exonerated. Four (4) of the officers who got the hammer were of the rank of Deputy-Comptroller of Customs, while five (5) were Assistant-Comptroller. Others were seven (7) Chief Superintendents of Customs and four (4) Superintendents, among others. 

3. Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd) had made it clear upon his assumption of duties that the Service will not compromise on Corruption and Indiscipline among the officers corps. In line with this, the structure and process for investigation of offences was strengthened to handle cases reported promptly and professionally. “We will give all officers fair hearing in line with the principle of natural justice. We will however insist that sanctions be punitive, not only to match the offence committed, but to serve as deterrent to others”, the CGC remarked at Management meeting convened to consider the report of the Disciplinary Committee that investigated the cases. 

4. The process leading to the actions taken on the officers was painstaking in line with the Public Service Rules (PSR). All the officers were served with Queries indicating offences committed, before they made appearances before the Special Investigation Committee. The Committee’s recommendation was discussed and approved by the Customs Management. The recommendation was thereafter referred to the Presidency for ratification, in the absence of a substantive Board for the Nigeria Customs Service. All the officers affected in the exercise have been communicated accordingly. 

5. The Comptroller-General warned officers that punitive sanctions will continue to be used to discipline officers who refuse to embrace change. 

6. Officers affected in this exercise were investigated for involvement in improper examination and release of containers without proper documentation and payment of duties, illegal release of goods in advance before the arrival of vessels, collection of bribe to release prohibited items, release of export prohibitions, fraudulent sale of seized items, use of fake certificates and bribery to secure auctioned goods. 

7. Last week, seventeen (17) Junior officers were similarly dismissed from service for offences like bribery, drug addiction, use of fake certificates and absence from duty. 

Signed 
Wale Adeniyi 
Deputy Comptroller/Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

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