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Seme remains most peaceful border in Nigeria – Jibo

Oladimeji Ige

The Area Comptroller of Seme  Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Bello Jibo, has claimed that  the border area is  the most peaceful command in the country.

Jibo disclosed this during the inauguration of bathrooms and toilet facilities in Seme community.

According to him, this can be attributed to the kind of leadership and youths that live in Seme and its environs.

“When I arrived at Seme border post, the first thing I did was to pay homage and seek the cooperation of the leadership and youths of the community.

“To God be the glory, we are all received by them; not only now, since the establishment of this border, the community has welcomed the NCS.

“The chairman and their traditional rulers’ doors are always open for us, it only requires that we knock and the door will be opened,” he said.

The Comptroller said that in a bid to sustain the existing cordial relationship with the host communities, the command, through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, constructed a modern convenience at the International part in Seme.

“These facilities will assist the travellers, both local and international.

“The facility consists of toilets and bathrooms, for both male and female.

“Today, the convenience will be handed over to the Chairman of the Badagry West Local Council Development Area (LCDA) for effective utilization,” he said.

The three rooms toilet facility built by Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command was commissioned on Thursday.

Responding shortly after the handing over, Mr Joseph Gbenu, Chairman, Badagry West LCDA thanked the command for building the structure for them.

He assured the command that he would assign people who would see to the maintenance of the facility.

Gbenu urged residents of Seme and its environs to continue to cooperate with the men and officers of the command.

He said the council would always cooperate with the service to expose people who were bent on smuggling contraband into the country.

Mr Femi Mukaila, Majority Leader in Badagry West LCDA legislative arm, commended the command and assured them of cooperation of the council.

Supervisors, members of the legislative arm of the council, market men and women and residents of the Seme community graced the inauguration.

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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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