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Apapa Customs made record-breaking monthly revenue haul of N55 billion in March —-seizes 28 containers  of illicit goods

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As at close of work on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, the Apapa command of the Nigeria Customs Service, is expected to have set  a new record of monthly revenue haul of over N55 billion.
The command, under the able leadership of Comptroller Yusuf Ibrahim Malanta, has already grossed over N53 billion as at Tuesday, 30th March.
The Area Controller expressed confidence that the command will surpass the record N55billion revenue haul at the close of March, 2021, making it the highest monthly revenue collection in the history of the command.
Comptroller Malanta expressed this infectious optimism Wednesday while speaking with a group of journalists in his office.
Malanta, who exuded so much confidence in the ability of his men and officers, further disclosed that the command has seized a total number of  28 containers for different infractions by importers within the last two months.
He further disclosed that the command achieved this feat despite the lull in the international trade and commerce.
The Apapa Customs helmsman however lamented that  earnings from the exports in the command may falter  a bit due to the recent directive by the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) which suspended export goods from accessing the Apapa port.
He also maintained that the anti- smuggling unit of the command has been primed for hyper- efficient performance which has so far resulted to the seizure of 28 containers laden with contraband goods in the last two months.

Giving an insight into some of the seizures, Comptroller Yusuf said tramadol, codeine, foreign parboiled rice, pharmaceutical products were among the commodities intercepted in the 28 containers.

He expressed hope that revenue generation at the command would get better after the Easter period in May.

On the recent report that the command is frustrating e-call up System of the NPA,  Comptroller Malanta wondered how the command could alter an electronic system that is not in any way connected with its operations.

He believed those who were peddling the unfounded allegation were either ignorant of the operations of Customs or just being mischievous.

He said  that E-Call system  has come to stay but added that a new system would always have an initial teething problem which requires  patience and consistence to achieve success with the system.

It would be recalled that within two months of his resumption of duties as the Area Comptroller of Apapa command, Comptroller Malanta had recorded  a blistering success in high revenue yield as a result of his meticulous manifest profiling , plugging of revenue leakages and several seizures of contraband goods.
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Exclusive! Mass retirement hits Customs as 549 officers bow out of service in 2023

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Break down; DCG( I), ACG (6),Comptrollers(30), DC(68) AC (110),CSC(133),SC (52),DSC(79) ,ASC1(58) ,ASC11(11),CA1(1)

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A whirlwind  of retirement has hit the Nigeria Customs Service as 549 officers of different cadres have been penciled down for statutory retirement in 2023,

In a circular no HRD/2022/13 sighted by our reporter, the breakdown of the affected officers shows that 1 DCG, 6 ACG, 30 Comptrollers, 68 Deputy Comptrollers, 110 Assistant Comptrollers, 133 Chief Superintendent of Customs, 52 Superintendent of Customs, 79 Deputy Superintendents, 58 Assistant Superintendent of Customs1, 11 Assistant Superintendent of CustomsII and 1 Customs AssistantI, were due for retirement in 2023.

According to the circular dated May 10th, 2022 with reference number NCS/ADM/EST/098/S.1 and signed by OM Agbara, Comptroller of Establishment for AG. Deputy Comptroller-General (HDR), the affected officers, who are being shipped out of the service on account of age or number of years in the service, are advised to proceed on three months pre-retirement leave, three months to the effective date of their retirement.

The circular titled list of Officers/men for statutory retirement in the year 2023” reads

”I am directed to forward the attached list on the above subject matter as pre-retirement notice to all affected officers.
” ln accordance with the Public service Rule (PSR) No. 100238 and Federal Government circular No.63216/S.i/X/T; CR 1,/2OO1/5 of 2O/O3/2OOl, all affected officers due for retirement in 2023 are to disengage from the active service and proceed on three (3)months pre-retirement leave, three months to the effective date of retirement.
” AII affected officers are to ensure compliance and forward their three months pre-retirement notice to the Comptroller-General
” Any observed error, omission, or legitimate complaints should be forwarded to the office of the Comptroller General of Customs through the Ag. Deputy Comptroller-General (HRD) on or before 30th June 2022.
” Zonal Coordinators, Area Controllers, and Unit Heads are requested to make the list available for circulation to all the affected officers in their respective Zones, Areas, and Units
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Customs High Command interdicts officers over assault on Gov. Okonwa’s aide

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The management of the Nigeria Customs Service has reacted to the viral video where a member of the roving team of the FOU Zone ‘C’ assaulted an unarmed civilian.
In the press statement signed by Timi Bomodi, the National Public Relations Officer of the service, the Customs High Command expressed outrage over the conduct of its officer and said the offending officer and other members of his team have been withdrawn from their patrol duties and placed under administrative investigation.
“The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a video making the rounds on social media.
“In it, one of our officers was recorded assaulting an unarmed civilian.
“This action took place on the Benin – Agbor expressway on Saturday the 7th of May 2022 at about 5.00 pm.
“This officer and other members of that team from FOU Zone ‘C’ have since been withdrawn from patrol duties and are currently under administrative investigation at the NCS Zonal Headquarters Zone ‘C’ Port Harcourt.
“Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been trained to carry out their duties with dignity and respect, and are expected to display decorum in all their conduct at all times.
“Where they fail to carry out their brief as assigned, appropriate sanctions are applied to enforce discipline.
” The NCS would like to reassure the general public of its commitment to the welfare and safety of all citizens and frowns seriously at any act by its personnel capable of misrepresenting its corporate image.
“We ask that all law-abiding persons go about their activities without fear of intimidation or harassment as we work assiduously to bring closure to this unwholesome incident” the statement concluded.
In the viral video which has sparked public outrage, a Customs Officer attached to the roving team of the Custom’s FOU Zone C, was seen slapping a civilian identified as Samson Nwachukwu,  an aide to the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okonwa, along Benin/ Agbor expressway Saturday, May 7th, 2022.
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Drama as Customs officer slaps Gov Okowa’s aide along Benin/Agbor expressway (Video)

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