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Singer, Adekunle Gold call out NCS over high service


Popular singer, Adekunle Gold has called out the Nigerian Customs over the continuous increase in customs duty despite Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Adekunle accused Customs of crippling businesses in Nigeria by the act.

According to him, the government is making things difficult for those doing legitimate business in Nigeria with the increased levy.

On his Twitter page, the father of one wrote:

“People are trying their hardest to do legitimate business in the country. Customs Duty is there doing a lot of madness and crippling businesses.


“Lord, make it make sense. Because I’m really tired.”

His comment came after Nollywood Actress, Uche Elendu called out the Nigerian Government to address the issue of exhorbitant customs duty fee which business owner are being charged.

According to her, the Nigeria customs is making things difficult for entrepreneurs in the country.

In a post shared on her Instagram page, Uche Elendu added that the exorbitant fees is not encouraging entrepreneurs doing legitimate ventures.



NCS arrest 8 suspects – confiscate goods worth N3.2B


The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Katsina, has said it seized goods worth N3.2 billion and arrested eight suspects from January 2020 to date.

Aliyu Mohammed, the sector coordinator, Border Drill Operation Sector 4, Katsina, covering the North West Zone, said within the period it made 801 seizures and arrested eight smuggling suspects.

Giving a breakdown of the total seizures on Tuesday, he said, “a total of 1,713 bales of new textile and 5,400 bags of parboiled rice of 25kg concealed in a local bag were seized.


“Others include 9,735 bags of foreign fertiliser 15-15 NPk without address and expiring date, 1.4m litters of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) and Diesel.’’

He added that 385 pack of Indian hemp, 290 bales of used-clothes and also pharmaceutical drugs and injunction was also seized.


He, however, said that the collaboration with various sister agencies had yielded positive result by helping them in the successful discharge of their responsibility.

According to him, training and retraining of officers and an increase in their welfare package also helped a lot.


He also said that with the COVID-19 pandemic, the zone had continued to ensure that officers comply with the NCDC guidelines while discharging their duties.

He disclosed that the service was also strategising on its operations to avoid casualty while calling on the general public to continue to assist with useful information on smuggling activities within their communities.



COVID-19: Actor Mofe-Damijo urges customs to give out seized food items to Nigerians.

Veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo has called out Nigerian customs to release seized food items in their custody so that Nigerians can feed on them during this challenging period.

According to the 58 year old, the Federal Government should order the release of seized food items by Nigerian custom so that it will help to feed Nigerians in this critical period.

In his words;

“Sitting here wondering if this wont be a good time for government to ask Customs about all the plenty seized rice, tomato, vegetable oil and all the other food items they have in their possession and give out to our people in need.

Whilst thanking them for reduced fuel prices at this time (inject smiley face)and all the other efforts so far, food is a major part of this lock down. I know sometimes the agencies of govt dont work as a team but please this is the time for customs to step and tell us how much relief they can bring to nigerians.



Customs Seize Truck with 140 Units of Gas Cylinders, 600 Bags of Fertilizer

In stemming the tide against smuggling, Officers and men of Federal Operations Unit Zone B,Kaduna arrested 2 trucks laden with 140 units of refurbished gas cylinders smuggled into the country from Niger Republic. Similarly, another truckload of NPK fertilizer was arrested along Jibia/Agangaro axis of Katsina state. After 100% physical examination, the said vehicle was found to contain 600 bags of NPK 15-15-15 fertilizer smuggled into the country.

NPK 15-15-15 fertilizer falls under the import prohibition order, and as such, bringing in such product violates section 46 of Customs Excise and Management Act (CEMA) CAP C45 LFN 2004 which states that any goods imported, landed or unloaded contrary to any prohibition shall be forfeited.

In another related development, 200 pcs of used tyres, 90 bales of second hand clothings and 322 kegs of vegetable oil were also arrested along Katsina/Kano axis.

In the same vain, operatives of the unit attached to Ilorin/Jebba/Mokwa axis made another discovery of new antics deployed by smugglers to evade arrest . Large quantity of smuggled rice were criminally sandwiched between watermelons in 2 trucks, which further examination revealed 400 bags of rice (50kg each). The duty paid value of all aforementioned seized items is N185 million.

Compt Mustapha Sarki- Kebbi expressed his determination to sustain the ongoing onslaught against Smugglers calling on business community to avoid trading on prohibited items.


MMIA Airport: Customs intercepts $8.065m cash from suspect

…Uncovers N10.3bn pangolin scales

The Muritala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted $8.065 million cash from suspected money launderers.

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) zone A also impounded 147 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 9,504.1kg and valued at N10.264 billion at an abandoned warehouse in Isheri Estate.

However, Daily Sun learnt that the currency was intercepted in a bus belonging to the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) at the airport tarmac, which was ready to be smuggled into an aircraft.

While showcasing the seizures yesterday at a press briefing in Lagos, the Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), said that the consignment packed in a coaster bus was laoded in six big Bagco bags, adding that one suspect, the driver of the bus, Chimezie Okonkwo, was arrested.

According to him, after the preliminary investigations, the money would be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigations to reveal the real owners of the money.

Speaking on the pangolin scales, Ali said the seizure would attract World Customs Organisation (WTO).recommendation.

He, therefore, commended the FOU Zone A for making such huge seizure of the pangolin scales.

According to him, Nigeria is a signatory to Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), which categorises this species under absolute prohibition. “Therefore, its importation or trade is illegal globally”, the Customs boss added.

On other seizures, he explained that 3,067 bags of contraband foreign rice (50kg), 3,722 jerry cans of 25 litres and 1040 of 4.73 litres of vegetable oil, 14 units of exotic vehicles, 575 pieces of used tyres, among others, were seized with a Duty Payment Value (DPV) of N303.244 million, making a cumulative duty paid value of N10.567 billion within the month under review.

While reacting to the development, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company plc (NACHO), Tayo Ajakaye, said:

“NAHCO as an organization has no connection whatsoever with this alleged act. The company has initiated contact with the Nigerian Customs Service’ hierarchy to provide it with details of this incident. As a responsible corporate organisation, NAHCO will cooperate with all regulators, agencies and other stakeholders in not only finding out the truth about this unfortunate incident, but also rooting out malpractices in the sector.”

However, he said NAHCO does not condone irresponsible and criminal behaviour, adding that the company takes seriously the trust of its esteemed clients, partners and other stakeholders, both local and international, and will do everything to protect that trust.


Just in: NIS intercepts 42 contraband bag of rice

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) intercepted 42 bags of foreign rice at Kankara axis of Katisna State.

The Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr Sunday James, who disclosed this in a statement made available to Media, on Saturday in Abuja, said that it was concealed in a vehicle.
James said that the officers were on routine patrol along the Kankara axis when they apprehended a vehicle carrying the contraband.

He said that the Command Comptroller Nigeria Immigration Service, Katsina state command, Yakubu Umar, handed over the 42 bags of rice to the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede congratulated the officers for a well coordinated outing imploring them to be more dedicated to the national course and keep the border secured for a safe nation.


Customs North Border Drill Sector Coordinator To Visit Kwara Communities Near Border

The Customs Border Drill Sector Coordinator for North Central Nigeria, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba, has promised to visit border communities in Kwara State.

Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba disclosed this when the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Salihu Yakubu Danladi, visited his office.

He made clear that the partial closing of Nigeria’s land borders is not intended to witch-hunt or obstruct any legal businesses nor any community, but to prevent the illegal export of petroleum products, to encourage local farmers and manufacturers, to control the inflow of arms and ammunition, to stop the traffick illicit drugs and other prohibited goods into the country, and to enable neighbouring countries to comply with ECOWAS protocols on cross-border trade.

Garba, who is posted from Seme Area Command to Sector Three 3, said the Nigerian Customs service is just an implementer of Federal Government policies and advised that state governments should channel their grievances through the appropriate quarters.

The Comptroller promised to use the opportunity of his visit to meet with individuals and bodies engaged in legitimate business, mentioning that border security seeks to solve the critical problems of irregular migration and trans-border crimes such as the smuggling of small arms and light weapons, illicit petroleum products, human trafficking, drug trafficking and terrorism, among other issues.

He added that these crimes must be tackled head-on and that was what had informed the Federal Government in closing the country’s land borders.

The Nigeria Customs Service on August 20, 2019, on the directive of the Federal Government, partially closed Nigeria’s land borders.

Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba

Earlier in the visit, Salihu Yakubu Danladi in the company of Chairman House Committee on Education and Human Capital Development, Hon. Mohammed Baba Salihu, expressed concern over the hardship of fuel scarcity presently being faced by the four districts of Baruten Local Government Area of the state (Ilesha Baruba-Okuta-Chikanda Axis).

The Speaker appealed to the Sector Coordinator to reconsider the decision of restricting fuel supply 20 km to border communities, as a litre of petrol is now selling for between N250 and N300.


Palava in Yaba as customs and army invade okirika market.

A joint team of Customs and Army officers have been accused of allegedly breaking into shops at Popo Street in Yaba, Lagos to allegedly confiscate second-hand clothings popularly known as Okirika.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred on Sunday December 29 while most owners of the shops are away for the Christmas holiday.

Facebook user, Onyekachi Titus who shared the story wrote;

See wot is happing in my street right now at yaba Lagos popo street custom and army come to our street were dey are selling okirika dey break all d shop and parking store and parks d hole bell of okirika and move dem away dis morning been 29-12-2019

Joint team of Customs and Army officers allegedly break into shops in Yaba to allegedly confiscate okirika



Customs seized foreign foods, vegetable oil, rice in Adamawa.

The Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that it seized foreign rice and some food commodities in its raid of a market in Adamawa State.

The Adamawa/Taraba command in the raid led by Comptroller of Customs in charge of the two states, Kamardin Olumoh, said that contraband goods worth millions of naira smuggled into the country were seized.


Just in – Customs seize sex enhancement drugs, AK47 in sokoto.

…N914.8Mn worth; 640 cartons

The Nigeria Customs Service, Sokoto Area Command has intercepted 640 cartons of dangerous and unapproved aphrodisiacs (sex enhancement drugs) with the duty paid value of N914.8 million.

In a statement signed by the spokesman of the command, Magaji Mailafiya, said the drugs otherwise known as “lady killer or AK47” were seized following a tip off along Illela-Kware road on the 24th of November.

In the same vein, the Command had on the 25th of November arrested 3 Toyota Carina II vehicles with registration numbers AG 462 WSN, ER 415 ABJ and AZ 509 SRZ allegedly loaded with 132 Jerry Cans of 25kg Vegetable oil, 85 cartons of Tiger Head Batteries and 86 sacks of 25kg size Monosodium Glutamate around Achida/Goronyo axis.

Also, seized were seven sacks containing 800 pieces of cutlass which were arrested on the 20th of November at Illela.

The command however, appealed to the general public to embrace legitimate trade and avoid smuggling in its entirety.

It reiterated that it would not relent in its effort to curtail smuggling activities to the barest minimum within its Area of jurisdiction.

The Service further implored Nigerians to cooperate with its operatives for the socio-economic growth of the country.