NIGERIA CUSTOMS SEIZES 1.2BILLION NAIRA WORTH OF MARIJUANA, THE BIGGEST SINGLE HAUL IN HISTORY

Nigeria Customs intercept N1.2bn cannabis – “largest single seizure” in history Olugboyega Peters Operatives of the Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) have intercepted drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa valued at N1,002,050,000 during a seagoing patrol on Lagos waters. The Controller of the command, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters, revealed this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday. Peters described the seizure as the “largest single seizure” of such drugs on the waters in the history of the Nigeria Customs. He said that his men relied on intelligence and carried…

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OUTRAGE AS CUSTOMS MEN KILL 15-YR OLD GIRL IN OGUN

Agosasa community in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State was thrown into mourning over the weekend, when officers of the state command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old girl, Miss Sekinat Agbelade. The Customs officers were chasing a smuggled car in the community. Agbelade, who was on an errand within the area when  she was hit by the stray bullet from the men of Customs Service, eventually gave up the ghost at a private hospital in the community on Saturday. The Public Relations Officer…

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HOUSE OF REPS SUMMONS ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION, BPP HEAD, OVER 7-YR UNAUDITED ACCOUNT OF CUSTOMS DEPT

The House of Representatives has summoned the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, and Director-General of Bureau of Public Procurement, Mamman Ahmadu, to appear before it and explain why the Nigeria Customs Service has not audited its account in seven years. Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr Wole Oke, issued the summons in Abuja, on Monday, when the leadership of the NCS appeared before the panel, which is investigating deliberate refusal by non-treasury funded ministries, departments and agencies to render accounts between 2014 and 2018 to the…

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CURRENT CUSTOMS RECRUITMENT IS A SHAM, SENATOR DECLARES, SAYS IT IS LOPSIDED AND ILLICIT

Adeolu Adeyemo OSOGBO A member of the Upper Chamber, representing Osun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Francis Fadahunsi, at the weekend, kicked against the ongoing recruitment into the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) affirming that the exercise is a hoax. Senator Fadahunsi, a retired Assistant Comptroller General of Customs spoke in a statement made available to Sunday Telegraph in Osogbo. According to him, the exercise is a sham and perpetration of an unholy act by the Comptroller General of the NCS, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd). He accused him of superintending…

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BORDER CLOSURE NOT EFFECTIVE IN THE NORTH, AS RESIDENTS LIST ILLEGAL SMUGGLING ROUTES,

Allege complicity of security operatives List five illegal smuggling routes in Katsina Francis Sardauna in Katsina and Onuminya Innocent in Sokoto The directive of the federal government to shut all land borders across the federation was only effective in the south, THISDAY has learnt. In Badagry in Lagos State, Idi Iroko in Ogun State and Shaki in Oyo State, among others, THISDAY checks revealed that smuggling was no longer profitable due to strict border security operation across the land borders in the south. In Ogun State, THISDAY learnt, the stringent…

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RECRUITMENT FRAUD: CANDIDATES ACCUSE CUSTOMS OF DELIBERATELY SENDING INTERVIEW NOTICE HOURS TO THE EXERCISE

Shortlisted candidates in the ongoing recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have made allegations of fraud in the processes leading to the interview session. This is even as there are rumblings within the Service by officers over the alleged faulty processes of the exercise which, they lamented, was contracted out to a consultant. Only a few days ago, the Service advertised that it had shortlisted candidates for interview, which held on Thursday nationwide. However, it was observed that the Service failed to publish the full list of the…

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GROUP CALLS FOR PROBE AS CUSTOMS SPENDS 1.6BIL NAIRA ON RECRUITMENT OF 3,200 OFFICERS

Uche Usim and Steve Agbota Following the expenditure of N1.6 billion on the ongoing recruitment of 3,200 job seekers, stakeholders in the maritime sector have demanded probe of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd),  As a matter of exigency, the stakeholders also urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to wade into the matter, as others called for a public hearing. The Public Relations Officer of Customs, Joseph Attah, said it is wrong to attribute the sum to only…

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EMPLOYMENT: CUSTOMS SHORTLISTS 162,399 OUT OF 828,333 FOR APTITUDE TEST

Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Customs Service has shortlisted a total of 162,399 candidates for aptitude test in its recruitment exercise which began in 2019. The 162,399 candidates were selected out of the 828,333 candidates that applied to be recruited into the service. The 162,399 candidates represent about 19.6 per cent of the total number that applied for the recruitment exercise. The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, confirmed the development in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja. Attah in the statement said that the candidates were selected…

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THERE’S STILL MASSIVE CORRUPTION IN CUSTOMS SAYS FORMER ACG WHO IS NOW A SENATOR

A former Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, who is also the vice chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs, tells FEMI MAKINDE that proliferation of small arms is a big threat to Nigeria’s existence, among other issues Do you agree that the proliferation of small arms and light weapons is a major factor responsible for the lingering problems of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in the country? It is a factor. But if you remember, former President Olusegun Obasanjo formed a committee to address this issue of arms…

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HOW CUSTOMS CONTRIBUTE TO INFLATION BY STAKEHOLDERS

By Godfrey Bivbere ACTIVITIES of officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, to the nation’s port is contributing to the rising inflation in the country. Some stakeholders who spoke to  Vanguard Maritime Report  on the issue said the multiple examinations and valuations by NCS drives up the cost of imported goods which is passed on to the consumers. Deputy National President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, NCMDLCA, Adeniyi Ajayi, said that the Customs have multiple units that duplicates functions for them to meet…

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