The Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday, granted the request of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to condemn and auction three cars in it’s custody that have been unclaimed for over one year.
Counsel to the service, Mr Umar Lawal who approached the court through an ex parte motion said that the motion was necessary as part of efforts to generate revenue for government.
“We are praying the court for the following reliefs;“An order that the vehicles listed be condemned as forfeited to the applicant.
“An order authorizing the applicant to sell the said vehicles to the members of the public and the proceeds realized from such sale be remitted to the Federal Government Treasury.
“The vehicles were arrested in 2021 and have been there beyond the one month which the owners are expected to bring papers of proper importation and payment of duty.
” The vehicles have been under the sun all this while and are getting rusted because of the elements of the weather and depriving government of revenue,” Lawal told the courtHe said that the vehicles were intercepted in Abuja and no claim has been made by anyone.
The lawyer said that the NCS would publicise the order of court allowing the auction to show its sincerity and transparency.
The vehicles comprise a Toyota Land Cruiser, with Chassis No. JTEB X9FJ3L5108348, a Toyota Hiace bus 2014 Model with Chassis No. JTGJXO2P9ECOS7 060 and a white Toyota Hilux, 2021 Model with Chassis No.MROBX8CD2M283 4123.
In a supporting affidavit deposed to by Onakpya Obererri, an Assistant Inspector of Customs, the vehicles are said to be detained at the government Ware house Karu within the jurisdiction of the court.
The deponent said that there was no litigation over the items which remained unclaimed for over one month as required by the law.
” I have the authority and consent of the applicant herein to depose and swear to all the facts herein stated in the exhibit marked‘A’.
“That on the orders and instructions of the Comptroller-General of the NCS as regards the issue of combating eradicating the menace of smugglers in Abuja and its environs, whose activities constitute great danger to the health and viability of the Nigerian economy, these seizures were made.
“That for over 30 days now the vehicles remain unclaimed after the expiration of the statutory period allowed for clearance at Nigeria Customs Service Ware House, Karu, Abuja.
The judge, Justice Zainab Abubakar granted the request saying the permission was based on the depositions of the applicant particularly where he said the order would be publicised.
The Joint Border Patrol in the North-Central Zone, Sector 3, has seized a 2019 Lexus jeep worth N21 million and other contraband items with an estimated Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N25 million.
The Coordinator of the team, Compt.
Olugboyega Peters of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), disclosed this at a news conference on Wednesday in Ilorin.
Peters said that while the 2019 Lexus jeep was intercepted in Benue, operatives of the team acting on a tip off tracked and arrested a truck marked SRP 501XA loaded with 550 bags of 50kg rice on the Mokwa-Jebba road.
According to him, the DPV of the bags of parboiled rice is N14, 025, 000.
The coordinator of the team, comprising personnel of the Nigerian Army, Police, Nigeria Customs Service and Nigeria Immigration Service, said that a luxurious bus (Macapolo) was also intercepted on the Abuja-Lokoja highway conveying fairly used clothing.
He said that a total of 44 bales of secondhand clothing and 16 sacks of fairly used shoes, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N3, 680, 000 were seized.
Peters, whose territory covers Kwara, Kogi, Benue, Ekiti and Niger states, said further that the reinvigorated operatives of the sector at different times and locations intercepted and seized 3,068 gallons of 25 litres of petrol.
The coordinator said that the smugglers were caught in an attempt to smuggle the product out of the country.
He said that petrol smuggling through the sector had decrease due to its operatives blocking all avenues boosting the illicit trade.
“I urge the smugglers to embrace other means of livelihood as we shall not relent in our efforts to fight smuggling on daily basis.
“We will improve on our intelligence gathering method and deploy our efforts in accordance with all extant laws.
“Especially those with evil activities and those using official or company vehicles to smuggle goods into the country to steer clear of sector 3 axis as there shall be no safe haven for them,” the Comptroller warned.
He further said that in line with the extant laws, most of the inflammable products had been auctioned to the public and the amount generated as fees remitted to government coffers.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area Command says it has emplaced special patrol to prevent smuggling activities during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Hameed Oloyode, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Sango-Ota, Ogun, on Friday.
Oloyode said the command would ensure that smugglers and other bad elements do not take advantage of the festive period to carry out their nefarious activities.
He said that the command had deployed more personnel to strategic places such as Idiroko axis and the border axis as part of the efforts to stem the activities of smugglers during the Sallah celebration.
He added that the command had also intensified patrol duty at border station and flash points.
Oloyode said that the officials were at the checkpoints to prevent smugglers from carrying out their illegal activities.
“Whatever activities the smugglers intend to embark upon, we are always ready and prepared for them.
“We shall uncover their nefarious and smuggling activities, and make seizures of those illegal goods.
“In addition, we shall arrest and make them to suffer financial loss,” he said.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Port Harcourt Area ll Command, Onne Port, has generated N115.26 billion between January and June 2021.
The Customs Area Controller, Mr Auwal Mohammed, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
The statement was signed by the spokesperson for the command, Mrs Ifeoma Ojekwu.
Mohammed said that the figure showed a remarkable difference when compared with N78.17 billion collected in the first half of 2021 and N46.67 billion in the same period of 2020.
“Further comparison indicates 147 per cent increase above the 2020 collection and 47 per cent increase above 2021 figure, showing differences of N37.09 billion and N68.59 billion for 2021 and 2020, respectively.
“Under my watch, the command’s revenue collection showed an upward progression on monthly basis resulting in the cumulative differences recorded for the three years juxtaposed,” he said.
On anti-smuggling and enforcement, Mohammed said that during the period under review the command made 28 seizures, comprising of nine containers, with a Duty Paid Valued of N531.39 million.
“This half year’s number of seizures is higher than 20 seizures made between January and June 2021,” he said.
Mohammed said that among the seized items were machetes brought into the country without end-user certificate, military wears, vegetable oil, whisky, soap and used clothing.
He said that other seizures recorded included used tyres, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, used vehicle parts and other items, either classified as prohibited or for which duty payment were being evaded.
On export, Mohammed said that a total of 876,775.60 metric tonnes with $495,384,221.99 free on board (FOB), value, translating to N203,969,499,562.18 and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) value of N1,075,060,914.52 were processed through the command in the period under review.
“The 2022 export statistics showed an improvement on the 2021 figures which is a fallout of my trade facilitation strategies .
“Comparatively, as of June 2021, the command processed 331,356.40 metric tonnes, with free on board (FOB) value of $141,422,075.87.
”The FOB value in naira was N58,229,125,518.73 with NESS value of N260,150,300.13,” he said.
Mohammed noted that the Federal Government had approved a Domestic Export Warehouse (DEW) at Onne.
He said that the DEW would enhance opportunities for exporters to process and package their exports, including packaging, while enjoying the seamlessness of export cargo warehouse in Onne directly to vessels.
“Due diligence by regulatory and government agencies functions, including Customs examination shall be conducted in the DEW facility and the command has aligned with ahead of it’s full take off,” he said.
Mohammed added that the revenue, seizure and export figures coming at the end of first half of the year attested to a good outcome from their efforts.
“Compliant traders are our partners in progress. Indeed, we as a service in this command will continue to lawfully support them .
“It is also expedient to appreciate other agencies of government for their cooperation, intelligence sharing and camaraderie in implementing government policies to enhance national security and economc interests,” he said.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, has generated N522.4 billion in the first half of 2022.
The Area Controller, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Friday.
Yusuf said that the figure showed a significant increase of N156 billion or 42.54 per cent when compared to the N366.5 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2021.
“This feat was made possible because of our officers’ resilience in ensuring identified revenue leakages have been mitigated, while sustaining the level of compliance by the in the clearance value chain,” he said.
On export, he said that in line with the Federal Government efforts to diversify the economy through non-oil export, the command recorded a boom in the exportation of non-oil commodities with about 2.5 million metric tonnes, above the 540 metric tonnes in the year 2021.
He noted that the Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items also rose from $1.6 million in the year 2021 to $138 million in 2022.
“Items exported include steel bars, agricultural and mineral products amongst others.
“The Federal Government policy and export incentive schemes have played vital roles in boosting export trade in Nigeria,” he said.
He said that for the period under review, the command curbed the smuggling of dangerous items, resulting in the seizure of 83 containers with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N8.3 billion.
“Some of the seized items include: wood, 32 containers; five containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals, 18 containers of used ; 13 containers of foreign parboiled rice.
“Others are vegetable oil – seven containers, tomato Paste – three containers, and 1x20ft container laden with 150 cartons of tramadol,” he said.
Yusuf said that 21 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizures.
He added that a suspect arrested in connection with the seized 1x20ft container of tramadol was currently undergoing .
Yusuf said that to further strengthen existing relationship between relevant government agencies in the port, the command had recently handed over 2x20ft containers no. SUDU 7774749 and UETU2798479 laden with 150 cartons of illicit hard drugs to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
On the issue of the non-utilisation of the scanner, Yusuf said that they had logistics challenge because of the ongoing rail construction.
“We can’t operate the scanners while the rail construction work is in progress because the radioactive activity will pose health threats to the workers.
“These scanners have already been synchronised with the current platform of the NCS which is the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) II. The scanners in Onne and Tin Can Island are working,” he said.
He, however, expressed optimism that with the level of cooperation from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the intervention of the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki; within the next two months Apapa scanners would be deployed and utilised.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 Area Command, said it seized goods worth N1.3 billion between May to June around Ogun and its environs.
The Area Comptroller, Bamidele Makinde, made this known at a press briefing on Monday in Idiroko, Ogun.
Makinde also said the command generated N12.8 million from importation and auction of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) intercepted at different locations and exit points to the Republic of Benin during its anti-smuggling operations between May to June.
He explained that the cumulative estimated Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seizures between May and June amounted to N1,290, 108,608.00.
The Customs boss said as part of synergy and collaboration with sister security agencies in the state, operatives of the command intercepted illicit drugs and narcotics in the course of their routine patrols.
He listed the illicit drugs to include 117 small sacks, six big sacks, 1,100 wraps (book size), 81 wraps (coconut size) of cannabis sativa, and a cartoon containing 1,100 packets of Tramadol (225mg per table ×10).
Also seized were 390 Cartons of frozen poultry products,19 bales and 104 sacks of foreign used clothes, 120 cartons of new foot wears (including 23 pairs of new slippers), 53 cartons of foreign used shoes, 122 cartons of foreign wine.
The command also seized 72 pieces of used compressors, 10 vehicles, two foreign used vehicles, four motorcycles, 289 cartons of imported tomato paste and vehicle spare parts.
The Customs boss added that a smuggled truck load of about 320 cartons (23,400 pairs) of imported foot wears, which fell under Import Prohibition List, Schedule 3 of Common External Tariff (CEF), with an estimated DPV of N764,974,800.00, was intercepted during intelligence-driven anti-smuggling operations.
“A fuel tanker suspected to contain 45,000 litres of adulterated diesel with an estimated Duty Paid Value of N81,823,200.00, was abandoned by a suspected bunkerer who absconded upon sighting our operatives along Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway.
“In addition, about 10,973 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, was seized and disposed of in line with extant laws,” he said.
Makinde said two vehicles laden with 882 50g each of foreign parboiled rice were seized within Abeokuta axis, in line with sections 46 and 169, respectively of Customs and Excise Management Act CEMA, CAP C45 L.F.N.2004.
Makinde attributed the achievement to the command’s intensified anti-smuggling operations as this had continued to gain momentum and culminated into seizure of many goods.
“The synergy and collaboration with sister security agencies in the state had also contributed to this remarkable progress,” he said.
Makinde commended the sister agencies, critical stakeholders and traditional rulers for their collaborative efforts and synergy with the Customs in the state. (www
Jibia Local Government in Katsina State has appealed to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to assist about 20,000 residents of the area displaced by bandits.
Alhaji Mohammed Lawal, the Local Government Secretary, made the appeal during a meeting with the Coordinator, NCS Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, on Wednesday at the Nigeria-Niger border.
According to him, IDPs who are presently displaced in part of Niger Republic and Katsina, are seriously in need of urgent Interventions by different stakeholders.
He added that some of the displaced persons were in Niger Republic while some others relocated in parts of the state with their relatives.
Lawal said, “I could remember sometimes ago when we had a flood, the NCS provided assistance for the affected people, therefore, we also need their Intervention now.
According to the Secretary, the load is too much on the council to take care of them all, therefore we seek for assistance.
He added that since the reopening of the border, so many collapsed legitimate businesses were gradually picking up across the communities.
Lawal also commended the Federal Government, the NCS and other stakeholders for reopening the border, and assured of their maximum cooperation.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has advised Jibia border communities in Katsina State to utilise the business opportunities in the area, following the recent reopening of the border.
The NCS Zonal Coordinator in Charge of Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, ACG Umar Garba, gave the advice on Wednesday during a familiarisation visit to Nigeria-Niger border in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Jibia border was reopened on April 25 after its closure in Aug. 2019.
He explained that the reopening of the border had made a lot of businesses booming in the area, adding that many residents were now benefiting.
“I wish to advise the people of the communities around this border to think of legitimate businesses since the border had now opened.
“Doing so will assist in improving the economy of the area, the state and the country in general.
“Like I told them, the government doesn’t want anything illegitimate such as smuggling, Child trafficking, proliferation of small and light arms.
“If all these things are taking place, there would be no economic development.
“Therefore, they should please use the reopening of the border as an opportunity for them.”
ACG Garba further disclosed that a process was underway to provide modern scanners on the way to ensure that other illegal items were not transported into the country.
He further expressed satisfaction with the existing good relationship among the border communities, customs officials, other security agencies and also the Niger Republic’s officials.
In his response, the Secretary of Jibia LGA, Alhaji Mohammed Lawal, commended the Federal Government and the NCS for reopening the border.
He added that since its reopening, so many collapsed businesses were gradually returning across the communities.
Lawal further appealed to the NCS to assist the people of Jibia who were displaced by banditry activities in the area.
Gombe bulls Male basketball team on Sunday in Abuja beat Kano Pillars by 67-62 to finish third place at the ongoing Elite eight finals of Mark ‘D’ Ball Men’s basketball Championship in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that It was a very closely fought encounter between two former NBBF premier league champions.
Gombe bulls were clearly the better side from the first quarter to the fourth quarters, showing above the Kano pillars, superiority in the match.
The bulls, in the first set, won with a clear one point difference 17-16, in a match they dominated from the onset.
The pillars settled nerves and better coordinated in the second quarters but the bulls continued the lead with four points difference in the second quarters 39-35.
Kano pillars fought back but failed to click, allowing Gombe bulls to proceed with the lead without relenting in the third quarters 50-45.
Kano pillars tried all hard to penetrate Gombe bulls attacking strength from all angles but Gombe boys became stronger and changed their tactics.
This extended their winning to end the fourth quarter, taking the victory song by leading the game with five points difference 67-62.
Eli Abraham had the highest points of 14, followed by both Abolaji Emilagba 11 points and Chinedu Chimbou who had nine points for Kano Pillars.
For the bulls, Kanyinsola Odufuwa had the highest points of 25, followed by Wisdom Anyaoha’s 17 and Michael Okiki who had eight.
NAN reports that both teams are in group B.
The bulls topped the Group Table with six points, having won all three games, while Kano pillars finished as runners up with four points, having won one and lost two.
Speaking after the match, Coach Samson John of the bulls said: “I appreciate the players, we all worked together to achieve this third place rather than going back with nothing.
“ When we arrived in Abuja for this Elite eight finals, we were called “underdogs” because all eyes are on us since we are the defending champions in NBBF premier league 2017 and 2018 and there have never been any championship until now.
“I also appreciate the state government for their support. On behalf of the team, we say thank you.”
On his part, John Idu the captain of the team, said his team didn’t come to settle for third place in the tournament but when the table turned, there was no choice.
” But we thank God for the game played.”
NAN reports that the championship, which resumed with the ‘Elite eight’ on Wednesday, saw eight teams divided into two groups, with two best teams from each group .
They are Mo Heat of Abuja, Gombe Bulls, Hot Coal Ballers of Abuja, Kwara Falcons of Ilorin, Delta Force, Kano Pillars, FCT HardRockers and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
Gombe Bulls basketball team on Sunday in Abuja beat Kano Pillars 67-62 to finish third at the Elite Eight finals of Mark ‘D’ Ball Men’s Basketball Championship.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the third-place match was a very hard-fought encounter between two teams who were former NBBF premier league champions.
In the match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Gombe Bulls were clearly the better side from the first quarter to the fourth quarter.
Gombe Bulls won the first quarter 17-16, and they kept the lead with a four-point difference in the second quarter for a 39-35 scoreline.
Kano Pillars did fight back, but failed and Gombe Bulls went on with their lead without relenting in the third quarter which they won 50-45.
Eli Abraham had the highest points of 14 for Kano Pillars, followed by both Abolaji Emilagba with 11 points and Chinedu Chimbou who had nine points.
Kanyinsola Odufuwa had the highest points of 25 for Gombe Bulls, followed by Wisdom Anyaoha with 17 points and Michael Okiki with eight points.
NAN reports that Gombe Bulls and Kano pillars were in Group B of the final elite eight stage of the competition, and their first encountered was on day two of the event on Thursday.
Then, Gombe Bulls beat Kano Pillars 80-75 to top the group with six points after winning all three games, while Kano Pillars had four points to finish as runners-up after winning one and losing two games.
Speaking after the match, the coach of Gombe Bulls, Samson John, said: “I appreciate my players. We all worked together to achieve this third-place finishing, rather than going back with nothing.
“I also appreciate our Gombe state government for their support. On behalf of the team, we say ‘thank you’,” he said.
On his part, John Idu, the captain of Gombe Bulls, said that his team did not really plan on finishing in third-place at the tournament rather than the first position.
“When the table turned around and there was no choice for us, we had to go for what we can get. But we thank God for the games played .
“But our goal right from the onset of this championship was to make it to the final. I am happy we were able to achieve something from the tournament,” he said.
NAN reports that the championship which resumed with the “Elite Eight” stage on Wednesday saw eight teams divided into two groups, with the two best teams from each group.
They are Mo’ Heat of Abuja, Gombe Bulls, Hot Coal Ballers of Abuja, Kwara Falcons of Ilorin, Delta Force of Asaba, Kano Pillars, FCT HardRockers and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
NAN reports that the competition which started on Wednesday ended on Sunday.