CUSTOMS SACK 61, RETIRES 16 OVER CERTIFICATE FORGERY

Nigeria Customs Services Fires 61 & Retires 16 Others Over Certificate Forgery & Misconduct  The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has dismissed not more than 61 officers for offences ranging from certificate forgery, improper examination and fraudulent release of containers. The list of the affected officers which was obtained exclusively by SHIPS & PORTS DAILY on Monday showed that 16 other officers were retired from the Service also for certificate forgery and refusal of staff order. The document showed that 41 officers who were investigated and tried were exonerated, 22 officers…

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CUSTOMS ARREST SMUGGLERS DISGUISED AS MOURNERS

Anna Okon The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has announced the arrest of two men, Taofiq Oyewale and Segun Oyinola,  who allegedly disguised a smuggled L450 Jeep  with posters of a dead  person as though they were on a burial procession. While announcing the arrest in a statement on Tuesday, the Public Relations Officer of the command, Taupyen Selchang, said that this was a new strategy adopted by the smugglers to evade the operatives of the NCS. Selchang said that smugglers also used waste disposal truck as…

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ILLEGAL ARMS SHIPMENT TO NIGERIA: TURKISH ENVOY MEETS CUSTOMS BOSS

Turkish envoy meets Customs over illegal arms shipments The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hakan Cakil yesterday met with the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali in a bid to gather information on those behind illegal arms shipments from Turkey to Nigeria. Ali at the meeting expressed concerns of the Nigeria Customs Service and that of Nigerians that four different arms seizures with 2,671 Pump Action Rifles, coming from Turkey alone, appears to suggest complicity of Turkish Authority. A statement by the Customs Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph Attah, said…

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ILLEGAL FIRE ARMS IMPORTERS OPT FOR PLEA BARGAIN

File: Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), displaying some of the seized 661 Pump-Action rifles in Lagos… on Monday. Photo: NAN Oladimeji Ramon Two out of the five men being prosecuted by the Federal Government for unlawful importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country have indicated their intention to enter into plea bargain with the prosecution. The defendants – Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okoye, said to be at large, and Salihu Danjuma – had been arraigned by the Attorney General of the Federation on June…

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CUSTOMS SEIZE ANOTHER 1000 PUMP ACTION RIFLES IN LAGOS, SEE PICS

gain, operatives of the Nigerian Custom Service, Tin-Can Island Command have impounded 1,100 pump action rifles. This bring to a total of about 2110 pump action rifles so far impounded in Lagos alone in the last seven months. The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Custom Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) who confirmed the seizure said that the weapons were fearfully concealed in a 1×20 ft container. He said that the weapons were discovered by custom officers who were carrying out 100% examination of the container. The syndicate that specialises in…

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CUSTOMS INTERCEPT CARS, RICE, INDIAN HEMP WORTH N531.4M

Customs The Federal Operations Unit, Zone `A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted cars, rice and Indian hemp, with a Duty Paid Value of N531.47m. The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Mohammad Garba, who disclosed this in Lagos on Monday, said that the command intercepted 27 vehicles, including a Toyota Prado Jeep, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Highlander, Mercedes Benz, among others, with a Duty Paid Value of N228.21m. “Our reinvigorated anti-smuggling operations yielded positive gains through the interception of other contraband comprising foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products,…

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CUSTOMS SEIZE 1.3BIL.NAIRA WORTH OF EXOTIC CARS, ARRESTS 17

•17 suspects held THE Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has impounded 37 brand new exotic vehicles estimated at N1.3 billion after bursting a smuggling ring. Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) spoke on the seizures yesterday while addressing reporters at the Customs Training School in Lagos. He said the seizures were made by officers and men of the Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ Ikeja and the CGC Compliance Team in Lagos. The vehicles, according to Ali, include eight Lexus sports utility vehicles (SUVs) – LX570, 2017 model; 12…

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AGF DIRECTS CUSTOMS BOSS TO REINSTATE GUSAU

By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has directed the Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hamid Ali, to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court that ordered tAli to re-instate Comptroller Abdullahi Bello Gusau in the NCS. The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN ), Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen had in April 2017 ordered the Customs to re-instate Gusau, who was wroungfully sacked after the court judgement which was unanimous. The same court order was 34…

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FRAUDSTERS, BANKS FRUSTRATE CUSTOMS’ E-AUCTION PORTAL

Customs auctions seized cars through e-auction portal The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) launched its electronic auction on July 3, 2017, on a happy note, believing it was giving tax payers equal chance of bidding for seized items and overtime cargoes. At exactly 12:00 noon, the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Col.  Hameed Ali (Rtd) declared the bidding platform, https.app.trade.gov.ng/eauction, open, noting that it was to last for 48 hours after which successful winners for the first around would be announced. Shortly after, many complaints began to trail the process as…

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CUSTOMS SEIZE 140 IMPORTED SNAKES, 660 OTHER ANIMALS

Mudiaga Affe,  Calabar The Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday intercepted three consignments containing 140 species of snakes and 660 other animals imported into Nigeria from Cameroon. The containers were brought in aboard a Cameroonian vessel, MV Flesh, through the Calabar waterways to the National Inland Waterways Authority jetty in Calabar, Cross River State. The other animals which were identified as geckos, millipedes, hairy frogs and spiders, were said to be worth about N6.9m. The Customs Area Comptroller in charge of Calabar Free Trade Zone – Cross River and Akwa Ibom…

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