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NDLEA commends Apapa Customs over consistent seizures of narcotic drugs.


—–as command hands over N6 billion worth of  Tramadol to NDLEA
Eyewitness reporter
The resourcefulness and gallantry of the men and officers of the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service have caught the attention of the Chairman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)   Brigadier General Buba Marwa(rtd) who has commended the consistency and tenacity of the command in intercepting banned drugs at the Apapa port.
The commendation came on the heel of the incessant interdiction of narcotic drugs by the Apapa Customs command, especially the fresh 150 cartons of Tramadol which were handed over to the Apapa Command of the NDLEA  by Comptroller Ibrahim Malanta Yusuf, the Area Controller of the Apapa Customs command this Friday.
 In a brief handover ceremony at the Enforcement Unit of the command, Comptroller Yusuf handed over 150 cartons of Tramadol concealed in clothing materials inside the 1x 20ft container with No PCIU 018324.
According to the Customs Chief, the banned drugs which came from Pakistan, were made up of 81 Cartons of 250 mg and 69 Cartons of 225mg of Tramadol tablets.
“Each Carton contains 72 rolls, each roll contains 10 packs, each pack contains 10 sachets and each sachet contains 10 tablets, totaling 150 cartons of Tramadol” Comptroller Yusuf declared.
One suspect was arrested in connection with the seizure and was also handed over to the NDLEA.
A visibly impressed Commander of Narcotics at the Apapa Special Area Command of the NDLEA, Commander Amen Inalegwu, who delivered General Marwa’s appreciation and commendation,  said the NDLEA Chairman,  Brigadier General Marwa(rtd,) has been following a series of seizures made by the Apapa Customs and was highly impressed.
The Narcotics Commander further revealed that General Marwa is currently working to escalate the spectacular performance of Comptroller Yusuf to the higher authority with a view to recommending him for national honour.
“This is Apapa spirit”, Commander Inalegwu blurted out while taking delivery of the drugs from the Apapa Customs helmsman.
“My Chairman (Marwa) is very, very proud and appreciative of you and is ready to project and commend any officer of the security agencies that we partner as NDLEA.
“I want to commend my brother and my friend, the CAC Apapa, that my Chairman (Marwa) is very proud of you.
“When I had the opportunity to put the report before him(Marwa), he assured me of the length that he would go to ensure that you(Comptroller Yusuf) is commended.
“And I am sure it is on the way if it has not come” the NDLEA commander declared.
He admonished other Customs formations in the country to emulate the worthy example of Apapa Customs command.
“The Apapa Customs example is worthy of emulation.
“I called on all customs formations to imbibe the spirit that is ongoing in Apapa.
“There is a strong synergy between Apapa Customs and the NDLEA”, he noted.
Commander Inalegwu disclosed that the street value of one carton of the seized  Tramadol is about N20 million while the estimated value of the whole 150 cartons would not be less than N6 billion.
Comptroller Yusuf warned those who deal in these illicit drugs to steer clear of Apapa Command as the place would not be a safe haven for them.
He disclosed that with robust inter-agency collaboration and synergy between the command and other security agencies as well as what he described as a forensic management system,  the eagle-eyed men and officers of the command will fish them and their illicit consignment out for extermination.
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News Alert: Wale Adeniyi revives CG conference, holds 2023 edition December 13-15 in Lagos.

Wale Adeniyi, CGC
The Eyewitness Reporter
After 11 years of interregnum in the annual Comptroller General of Customs conference, Adewale Adeniyi, the Customs boss, has announced the rescucitation of the annual conference which holds December, this year.
In the social media broadcast, Adeniyi said he was delighted to announce that the 2023 CG Conference will hold from December 13th- 15th, 2023 at the Grand Africa Ballroom of the prestigious Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The theme of this year’s conference, according to the CGC, is “Leveraging Data Analytics for Secure and Efficient Trade Facilitation in Customs Operations”.
The Vice President of Nigeria, Senator Kashim Shettima, is expected as the special guest of honour while the Governor of Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo- Olu and the Minister of Finance and the coordinating minister of Economy, Wale Edun, are also expected to grace the occasion.
Adeniyi stated that this year’s conference will centre around the discussion on implementing new measures to enhance service operations, championing secure and efficient operations across the federation.
“In line with my efforts and that of my management team to modernize the Nigeria Customs service through leveraging technology-driven Customs to shape the future of our operations, I am inviting you to this year’s Comptroller General Conference scheduled for 13tg to 15th December 2023 at the Grand Ballroom, Continental Hotel, Lagos.
” The theme of this year’s conference is Leveraging Data Analytics for Secure and Efficient Trade Facilitation in Customs Service.
” We are embracing innovation, utilizing the power of analytics to ensure the security and efficiency of Customs Operations.
“This significant event will centre around discussion on implementing new measures to enhance the service operations, championing secure and efficient operations across the federation.
“It will serve as a platform for attracting new business stakeholders to our shore.
” Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of this renewed hope experience as we consolidate on the achievements of the past, collaborate with our stakeholders and of course, bring in innovation to drive Customs Operations.
“The conference will be graced by esteemed guests, including the Vice-President, Senator Kashim Shettima as the special guest of honour, the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Finance Minister, Wale Edun” the CGC announced.
The CG conference is a platform for interaction where customs reviews its past operations and project for the future.
The last conference was held in 2012 in Katsina state.
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Adeniyi seeks Senate support to enhance Customs’ automation process

The Eyewitness Reporter 
The Nigeria Customs Service has sought the intervention of the National Assembly Senate Committee on Customs to address its core needs by providing modern tools for the complete automation of its operations to enhance trade facilitation and revenue generation.
Comptroller-General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi made this plea on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at the Senate Wing, National Assembly, Abuja. He emphasized that this call underscores the Customs Service’s commitment to fostering economic growth, job creation, and dynamic trade relations.
Regarding the Senate Committee’s interest in doubling the NCS’s efforts in revenue generation, CGC Adeniyi emphasized, “not only introducing them but also standardizing them to enhance Customs’ clearance processes, revenue generation, which will be a better experience for both Customs administration and stakeholders.”
He recalled the initiation of the automation process by the Nigeria Customs Service in the late 1990s when it purchased modern gadgets, including computers and software, as part of the Service’s efforts to introduce computerization processes.
Discussing the concession issue, CGC Bashir Adeniyi highlighted some of the objectives of the Nigeria Customs Service’s requests to automate its operations. “The first major objective of the consortium was to provide an end-to-end ICT platform to digitalize procedures and processes.
The second one is to look at the present infrastructure and update it in line with international standards, ranking amongst the best in the world.” He noted.
He explained that the third objective was to provide technology-based solutions to address challenges faced by the Service, emphasizing, “The last part is the general organization of our infrastructure to provide the tools needed that will be associated with these objectives, deliverables, and part of deliverables first is to build a Unified Customs Management System.”
CGC Adeniyi further explained to the committee members, “The system needs to process the traditions of goods that will provide electronic party systems for the Service whereby its entire processes would be automated.”
He added, “The conditions of the non-intrusive inspection system include provisions, revisions of cargo tracking systems, intelligent gates, new infrastructure, like a data center to build the capacity of officers because it is essential in the last phase of the project.”
Speaking on the Service’s strategic approach to enhancing trade and ensuring smooth businesses for local traders, CGC Adeniyi urged the Senators to actively support local business people in exporting items, emphasizing that such a perspective shift could significantly contribute to boosting Nigeria’s economy and play a pivotal role in job creation.
Responding to the Chairman Committee’s call on the Service to double efforts in revenue generation, CGC Adeniyi highlighted some measures that should be adopted to achieve giant strides. He added, “If we properly monitor the impact of these kinds of instruments, they do not represent an absolute loss to the economy.”
He also mentioned that adopting these measures would create jobs for Nigerians, enhance tax payments, attract investors, and rejuvenate industrial sectors, which, according to him, would not be a loss for the economy.
In response, Senator Muhammad Sani, the Chairman of the Committee, commended Adeniyi for the strides made in revenue generation.
Expressing optimism, Senator Sani asserted that the Nigeria Customs Service, with its recent revenue records, appeared poised to multiply its financial contributions—an imperative for the country given its current economic needs.
He said, “By encouraging a more balanced approach, the aim is to empower local businesses through increased attention to export initiatives, aligning with a broader vision for a sustainable economic landscape.”
A similar interactive session with the Procurement Committee from the House of Representatives shed light on the financial commitments of the Nigeria Customs Service.  However,  discussions were postponed to another date.
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News Alert: Six Tin Can Customs officers reject $54,330 Tramadol bribe money 

The Eyewitness Reporter
The Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, has commended the six officers of the command who refused to be compromised with the mouth-watering amount of $54,330( about N50 million) by drug dealers who tried to smuggle in a consignment of Tramadol through the Tin Can Island port.
While handing over the bribe money this Tuesday, November 28th, 2023, to the Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) , Mr. Michael Wetkas, Comptroller Nnadi reiterated the zero tolerance for corruption stance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi.
 The Tramadol was falsely declared as electrical appliances valued at over N856m with a view to concealing them while the cash was offered to compromise the customs officers.
Nnadi said the act was in clear violation of Section 233 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCAA) 2023 and commended the officers who stood their grounds to work ethically and lawfully in the interest of national security
He further called for continuous compliance on the part of port users and reminded them that the NCS with the collaboration of sister agencies like EFCC will continue to frustrate criminal activities in the port
Nnadi thanked Comptroller Oloyede, who under his watch, this seizure was achieved and described him as a good example of the NCS.
He said the two suspects arrested in connection with the two containers are currently being investigated by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control for possible prosecution.
Mr. Michael Wekas, while taking over the cash, described the feat as a victory for the country and for all the security agencies.
He specifically celebrated the officers of the NCS that achieved it.
Wetkas also lauded the  Comptroller General for the letter of commendation in appreciation of the six customs officers who refused to bow to pressure and inducement from the owners of the illicit drugs.
He promised continued collaboration between the EFCC, NCS and sister agencies.
 According to him, the era of working without collaboration is gone as the agencies now work closer
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