The Customs Area Controller (CAC) Western Marine Command, Ibafon Apapa, Lagos, Comptroller Sarkin-Kebbi Mustapha has said that his command was dire need of Sea Going vessels to effectively patrol the high sea and curtail the nefarious activities of oil thieves and smugglers.
He made this known in an interaction with Maritime Newsroom in his office, Lagos.
Comptroller Mustapha stated that the command which is about the largest in the country, covering Lagos, Badagry, Idiroko and parts of Ondo and Kebbi States ,needs to have its own Sea Going Vessels as against the current practice of relying on Navy vessels to repel smugglers on the high sea.
Mr. Mustapha had listed other working tools desperately needed by the Western Marine Command to include boats and buses.
He described as worrisome the incessant attacks on customs officers by smugglers, saying that his men would not relent as they were ready to bring total sanity to the Sea border under it’s jurisdiction. wealth.Mr. Mustapha condemned the recent attack on Customs officer in Ogun state , who suffered serious machete cuts.
According to Sarkin-Kebbi Mustapha, the seizures of about four thousand 25 litters gallons of PMS by his command between October and now, as well as great achievements of other customs commands including Seme and Ogun, are indications that the Nigerian Customs Service is determined more than ever before to eradicate smuggling and protect the country’s wealth.
The CAC also advised members of the public to disregard messages on social media about auctioning of seized goods.Mustapha explained that since the inception of this administration, auctioning of seized goods is done in a transparent way through a bidding process that is published on the Customs website.