Killers of our staff in Katsina must be arrested– Customs boss

KATSINA- The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says it will follow all legal means to ensure that the smugglers who brutally killed its operative in Katsina are arrested. The Controller-General (C-G), Mr Bashir Adewale, gave the assurance when he visited the family of the deceased in Kayawa community, in Dutsi Local Government Area of the state. He said that the suspected smugglers killed Auwal Haruna, a Customs Assistant ll, at Gamji Makaho checkpoint, Dankama in Kaita Local Government The C- G was represented by the Controller, Katsina Command, Mr Muhammad Umar-Abubakar, accompanied by other Controllers from the Kaduna zone. “Every of our  personnel is important to the service, therefore we will never allow the killers of Haruna to go free,’’ he vowed. Adewale, however,  said the service would  ensure that the suspects were arrested and prosecuted accordingly, adding that the incident was painful and unforgettable. He also prayed for the repose of the departed soul and assured his parents that NCS would  continue to be with them during their trying period. Speaking, the Chairman, Dutsi Local Government Area, Alhaji Ado Rabe, …

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NCS boss grieves over death of Auwal Haruna, reaffirms commitment to border security

By Ogechi Okorie The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, and the entire Nigeria Customs Service have expressed sadness over the death of Customs Assistant II Auwal Haruna. Adeniyi assured that NCS remains steadfast in its efforts to combat illegal activities such as smuggling, prioritising Nigeria’s border integrity while ensuring the safety of citizens and dedicated customs personnel. The statement released via official X account of NCS, e-signed by the Chief Superintendent of Customs, National Public Relations Officerfor Comptroller General of Customs, Abdulahi Maiwada said the unfortunate incident occurred at the Gamji Makaho checkpoint in Dankama area of Katsina State on the morning of April 17, 2024. The statement reads in full: The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) expresses deep sorrow in announcing the tragic passing of Customs Assistant II Auwal Haruna. The unfortunate incident occurred at the Gamji Makaho checkpoint in Dankama area of Katsina State on the morning of April 17, 2024. The melee was triggered when a team of customs officers attached to Katsina Area Command attempted to intercept a convoy of over fifty vehicles transporting …

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Nigeria Customs Moves To Discipline Officer Over Alleged Extortion

By Chris Udochukwu The Nigeria Customs Service has taken disciplinary action against an officer, alleged to have extorted the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000.00) from a car buyer by name Muhammad Dahiru Ahmad along Mokwa-Jebba Road in Niger State. The Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, Comptroller Dalha Chedi, handed over the officer to the Assistant Provost Marshal (APM) Customs Police Unit, Kaduna, at the Headquarters of the Unit in Kaduna today, Monday, 26th February 2024. While addressing newsmen, Comptroller Chedi confirmed that the suspected Officer involved in the unwholesome act is indeed an operative of the Unit deployed to the Mokwa Patrol Team in Niger State and the unfortunate incident occurred in the early hour of Thursday, 22nd February 2024, as reported by the complainant. He said, “Upon hearing the alleged unfortunate incident, I directed the Customs Police Unit in the Zone responsible for enforcing discipline in the Service to apprehend the Officer and move him to the Unit’s Headquarters here in Kaduna for further interrogation. Also, the Complainant was invited to assist in the …

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Customs: Why we rejigged top management cadre – CG

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, said that the decision of the service to rejig its top management cadre was in line with statutory requirements and efforts to strengthen its leadership to fortify strategic operations and also optimise service delivery across various departments. Adeniyi said he had approved the appointment of two new Deputy Comptrollers General DCGs of the service and deployment of four other Assistant Comptrollers General ACGs to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. According to a statement by the National Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, the two new DCGs, one of which was appointed in acting capacity are DCG J.P Ajoku fsi, who will head the Strategic Research and Policy department while DCG B.M Jibo, who is on acting capacity heads the Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives department. The four redeployed ACGs are I.Q Ogbudu as ACG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives, ACG I.O Babalola takes over as ACG/Zonal Coordinator in charge of Federal Operations Unit FOU Zone ‘B’, which covers Edo, Delta and other South …

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APC mourns member, others who died in stampede

The All Progressives Congress has confirmed the death of one of its members, Comfort Adebanjo, and six others who attempted to purchase seized rice put on sale by the Nigeria Customs Service to cushion the effect of the economic hardship in the country. The ruling party made the confirmation on Saturday in an obituary message released to mourn the late party member and the other Nigerians. The customs says it has concluded plans to commence the direct distribution of seized food items to Nigerians due to the demonstration against the soaring cost of living in the country. The National Public Relations Officer of the service, Abdullahi Maiwada disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday. Maiwada said that the move was in response to the critical challenges of food security and the soaring cost of essential food items in the country. He added that the items must be certified fit for consumption before they could be distributed to Nigerians. However, there was a stampede on Friday, which led to the death of seven persons. The Coordinator of FKL Ward E1, Lagos …

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Customs announces arrest of fraudster involved in recruitment scam

ABUJA- The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the arrest of Abdul-Rahman Ibrahim for alleged involvement in fraudulent activities and impersonation of the Comptroller-General of Customs and other high-ranking government officials. Abdullahi Maiwada, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Customs Service disclosed this in a recent statement. He revealed that the suspect’s arrest was made possible through intelligence gathered by the Customs Police Unit of the Service. “The suspect, Abdul-Rahman Ibrahim, was apprehended for his involvement in impersonating the Comptroller-General of Customs, Chief of Staff to the President, and the Secretary of the Ministry of Interior,” he said. According to him, the suspect had fraudulently lured numerous unsuspecting citizens to pay him money for the issuance of ‘job appointment letters,’ thereby extorting over N1 million from them. “This arrest underscores the relentless effort of the Nigeria Customs Service in mitigating and combating criminal elements who exploit the Service’s name for fraudulent activities,” CSC Maiwada said. Recalling the Service’s successes in 2023 in apprehending criminals engaged in similar fraudulent schemes, he said, “Mr Ibrahim was found in possession of counterfeit documents, including fake …

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Customs CG Provides Strategies For Meeting 2024 Revenue Target At RMFC

By Ogechi Okorie The Nigeria Customs Service has briefed the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission (RMFC) on its various activities, procedures, and measures aimed at increasing revenue generation, fiscal efficiency, and blocking revenue leakages. Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR made this known during a presentation on Wednesday, 24 January 2024, at the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission office in Abuja. He emphasized the need to build trust when collaborating with other government agencies to achieve objectives. The CGC, pleading for support from the commission and other agencies, revealed that since his appointment in 2023, the service has taken significant steps in revenue recovery and addressing areas of possible revenue leakages. He disclosed that there are agencies with legal provisions to stay at the port, and the NCS is actively collaborating with them to streamline processes, ensuring their presence doesn’t hinder trade facilitation. However, he clarified that the goal is not to assign blame but to reduce the time and cost of conducting business in ports. “Looking at the target of 5.1 trillion naira, every naira and …

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Nigeria Customs revamps e-auction platform for transparent disposal of seized goods

By Ogechi Okorie In pursuit of its commitment to continuous improvement, the Nigeria CustomsService (NCS) has unveiled its revamped e-auction platform on Tuesday, 16 January, 2024. This strategic move aligns with the guidelines outlined in the newly enacted Nigeria Customs Service Act, 2023, showcasing the agency’s dedication to efficiency and fairness. This announcement was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Superintendent of Customs National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada released on the official X account @CustomsNG on behalf of the Comptroller General of Customs. The new platform, accessible at auction.nigeriatradehub.gov.ng, isan upgraded version of the previous portal designed to provide Nigerians with anequal opportunity to participate.Since its relaunch, the platform has recorded impressive results, including: The NCS emphasizes that successful bidders should promptly download their winning certificates through the provided link in the confirmation email.Subsequently, winners are required to present the certificate where the goods aredomiciled, and the clearance process is expected to be done within seven days. It is also pertinent to note that the auctions are periodic and open everyTuesday from 12 noon to 6 pm, …

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NCS targets N6trn revenue in 2024

ABUJA- The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it plans to generate N6 trillion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the Federal Government in 2024.The NCS Comptroller-General, Mr Adewale Adeniyi, stated this at the 2024 budget defense before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation on Monday in Abuja.Adeniyi said that the amount was higher than the N5 trillion originally projected in the budget.“I share the optimism of increasing the revenue to N6 trillion in 2024. So, N6trillion revenue in 2024 is possible,’’ he said.He the service would be able to generate the N6trillion revenue if the federal government reduced concession grants in 2024.‘’The new law will also help us to facilitate a number of issues that will make revenue generation possible,’’ he said.He frown at frequent import waivers by government, saying that it was one of the factors that had impeded revenue generation.‘’If we can get N1.8 trillion in one year that shows the N6 trillion revenue for 2024 is achievable,” he said.He said many of the goods at the ports were yet to be cleared, adding that when the …

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Budget Defence: Reps reject CBN, customs representatives, demand heads’ appearance

ABUJA- The House of Representatives has rejected representatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor and comptroller general of Nigeria Customs Service, insisting they appear personally to defend their 2024 budget proposal. Also, the representatives of the Federal Inland Revenue Service were rejected by the House Committee on Appropriation. Abubakar Bitchi, the committee chairman, said on Friday in Abuja at the budget defence session that the heads of the agencies were duly invited for the interactive session. Mr Bitchi said the revenue-generating agencies must generate money because, without money, there is no magic President Bola Tinubu will perform to ensure the full budget performance. The lawmaker said, “The objective of this engagement is, among others, to provide highlights on some key issues about the preparation, enactment, and implementation of the 2024 budget.” He said this includes strategies for addressing rising inflation, reducing the burden of Nigeria’s debt profile, sector budgetary allocations, and the dynamics of budget releases. Others, according to him, are economic diversification strategies, revenue generation forecasts, and other useful information that will facilitate the enactment of the …

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Smugglers using fake presidential number plates, others Customs Comptroller

KADUNA- Mr Chedi Wada, Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU)  Zone “B”, Kaduna has lamented that smugglers have been using fake presidential number plates to deliver vehicles across the country. According to Wada, they have also been dubiously using such fake number plates belonging to various state and local governments, MDAs, Emirate Councils and other governmental institutions.. Wada disclosed this when he received Bashir Rabe-Mani, Zonal Manager (ZM), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Kaduna Zonal Office, who paid him a courtesy call in Kaduna. He said, ”Customs will not relent and will continue to do its best by not allowing smugglers to use the old tactics of using the presidential number plates and other governmental institutions to smuggle luxurious vehicles into the country. ”This is one of the menaces we are having. It is saddening how vehicles smugglers are ridiculing  the apex seat in the country by using presidential fake plate numbers using them on newly smuggled cars  to deceive customs,” According to him, customs are well trained personnel and can easily identify fake numbers and  cannot …

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Customs to partner US firm on communication, policy advocacy

The Nigeria Customs Service is set to partner with a United States firm, Bruit Costaud, an affiliate of Ballard Partners, to bolster its communication and policy advocacy to enhance revenue generation. The partnership is also to help enhance efforts to tackle smuggling. The Comptroller General, NCS, Adewale Adeniyi, disclosed this on Saturday while receiving the Bruit Costaud team led by former Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who is the Senior Consultant, Government Affairs, Bruit Costaud. Adeniyi said the venture is expected to plant the seeds of effective communication on fertile ground, reaping benefits for both the Nigeria Customs Service and the public it serves. “The proposal presented by Bruit Costaud will be treated as a valuable resource, as the NCS is ready to embrace new ideas and innovation in its pursuit of efficient services,” Adeniyi said. Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed said the firm is renowned for its track record in providing comprehensive political and legislative counsel services that would help government bridge the gap between policy formulation and public awareness. “We have come here to introduce our firm. Ballard …

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Subsidy: FG may deduct N2.4tn palliative from Federation Account, plans talks

The Federal Government may deduct at least N2.4tn from the Federation Account to fund the N5, 000 cash palliative that will be handed over to 40 million poor Nigerians after the fuel subsidy has been removed next year. This is just as The PUNCH learnt on Thursday that the list of poor Nigerians on the Federal Government’s National Social Register had surpassed 42 million and may hit 43 million by December. This implies that the figure to be spent on the subsidy palliative may hit N2.58tn in one year. When contacted on the telephone on Thursday on how funds for the N5,000 palliative would be sourced, Yunusa Abdullahi, the Media Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, referred The PUNCH to a statement by his principal after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday. In the statement, Ahmed noted that the funding would come from FAAC allocations. FAAC which is headed by the Minister of Finance, comprises Commissioners of Finance from the 36 states, representatives of revenue-generating agencies such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Company …

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Reps panel lists Ahmed, Emefiele, others for Customs scanner probe

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Customs and Excise; Finance; Banking and Currency to invite Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Controller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.); and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed over the controversy surrounding the e-Customs project. The committee is also to invite the Chairman of the CBN Technical Committee on Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme and the Managing Director of Adani Mega Systems Limited ‘in order to resolve the matter for the take-off of the project’. The panel is to report back to the House within four weeks. This is sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance moved by Chairman of the House Committee on Customs and Excise, Leke Abejide, at the plenary on Thursday. The motion titled ‘Urgent need to resolve the debacle between CBN Technological Committee on CISS and Adani Mega Systems Ltd hindering the take-off of Nigerian Customs Service E-Customs Modernisation Project.’ Moving the motion, Abejide recalled that the CBN Technical Committee on CISS had an …

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Nigeria Customs Service Seizes Over 200 Motorcycles From Bandits In Buhari’s Home State

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) seized no fewer than 202 motorcycles from suspected bandits and other criminals in Katsina State between August and September. The Acting Controller of the state command, Alhaji Chedi Wada revealed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Katsina. Chedi said that the motorcycles, mostly Boxers and Jencheng models, were intercepted around forests close to borders. “We suspected that the motorcycles were used for conveyance of petrol, food items and smuggled items to bandits in the forest. “Most of the people we seized the motorcycles from fled and no one came to claim the motorcycles,’’ the controller said. Wada said the command is working tirelessly to guarantee that no contraband or illegal item is brought into the country through any of the borders in the state. “The fight against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other forms of crimes and criminal acts in the state and the country in general is a collective effort. “The customs service, like any other …

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Saraki To Nigeria Customs: Address Bottlenecks At Ports

By Chris Udochukwu Abuja (Precise Post) – The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, has urged the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to address bottlenecks in the ports for efficient maritime trade in the country. Saraki said this at the ongoing Ministerial Retreat held in Lagos She reiterated that the gridlock at the Apapa has to be eliminated to boost port efficiency, and that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) should synergise on ways the country’s ports can be more efficient. “Nigeria has lost cargoes to our neighbouring countries especially Cote d’voire and Benin Republic. “One of the major problems we are having within the maritime industry especially within the ports, is the issue of Customs, in other to have efficiency in our ports, In other to encourage Nigerians and others to use the ports, we need to synergise with Ministry of Transport, other agencies and Customs because Customs has proven itself to be a hindrance to the development of Maritime sector.. “NIMASA, NPA, NSC are …

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