…Seizes 23 Vehicle
By Maritime Security News
The Nigeria Customs Service Seme Area Command has again demonstrated expertise and total maturity in the discharge of their operations and fight against smuggling.
The Command which generated a total of One Billion, Two Hundred and Six Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty-Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty-Six Ninety-One Kobo.
It also seized 23 assorted fairly used vehicles from January to Middle of March 2019.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, the Customs Area Controller(CAC) of the command, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba said it equally arressted a fake youth corp member with a Nigerian diplomatic number 138CD18 at the border post on Tuesday who was trying to ferry across one of the exotic cars.
According to the CAC, the suspected youth corper claimed to be a corper and he has made a lot of allegation against high level placed personnels in the country, including an embassy.
Comptroller Garba Uba also disclosed that he has the personal phone number of the inspector general of police and other hierarchy in the country.
The coper who was stopped while driving and trying to cross through Seme border claimed he passed there on Sunday but the Seme intelligent and committed officers stopped him.
“So, we ask him which documents do you use to pass and he brought out his phone that he has the phone number of the inspector general and I told him that is not possible.
“After search was done on the vehicle, documents where found in the vehicle that stated that the vehicle is premerer and with a plate number KJA 461 FP. The vehicle is Renult model. ”
The Comptroller further said:
”He had a paper on him that if you intercept him is either you allow him to pass or call the Inspector General of police or call the foreign Affair.
“So when we ask him who he is, he brought out his identity card, 2014 NYSC. We asked him NYSC is just one year,. what happened and his responded that he as an issue that is why he carrying the ID card.
“We call the director of NYSC to confirm the issue in such cases but the director said in such cases, they do collect the old ID card and will issue a new one to the person which is the current year and that is why we arrested him for further questioning.”
Speaking on the issue, the suspect, Usman Abdulumar said ” I didn’t say I have the number of the inspector general of police or have any connection with any body.”
Usman disclosed that the person he took to Ghana with the car which he identify as Samuel used his passport and he stamp it and we are allowed to pass the border post.
When asked why did he claim to be a youth corper, he said “I severed in 2015 at Kaduna but I have not collected my NYSC certificate that is why I have not return the identity card because I have issues with NYSC and I have not cleared it.”
The suspect, Usman told the newsmen that he did not clear the car for anybody and that the owner of the car is coming from Lagos and the diplomatic number was placed on the car from Abuja.
However, the CAC told journalists that the Command generated the sum of N1.26 billion in two months.
” similarly the intensified operation of the enforcement unit has drastically reduced smuggling activities to the barest minimum.”
Among seizures include 4745 bags of 50kg foreign rice which is equivalent to over 8 trucks with DPV 85, 504, 000, 68 parcels of Tramadol with DPV of N918, 000 and 10 parcels of cannabis which was handed over to the NDLEA, 180 sacks of scrap metals in Volvo FL7 truck with DPV of N8, 505, 000 were intercepted along Owode axis and other exotic cars
He also stated that five suspects were arrested during the period under review.
Uba added that the Command’s resolve to strengthen its anti-smuggling operations against trans-border crimes and equally improve revenue led to the blockage of the illegal route leading to the Atlas Pack(across the border).