R_L CGC Col. Hammed Ali and ACG Kaycee Ekekezie

...Records N286.7 Billion in 10 Months

It was indeed a superlative performance for the Tincan Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has netted a total of sum of N286.7 in 10 months.
The Command equally confiscated a total of 54 containers in the same period 10 months.
The impounded containers comprises of thirty-three (33) containers of rice, one (1) container of rice concealed with spare parts, eleven (11) containers of unregistered Pharmaceutical products, two (2) containers of used tyres, one (1) container of used clothing and four (4) containers of refined vegetable oil in retail packs.
The breakdown of the 54 seized  containers totaling include15×40ft  and 39×20ft containers with the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of two billion, seven hundred and thirteen million, eight hundred and sixty-five thousand, fifty-one Naira (N2,713,865,051.00).
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col.Hameed Ali (rtd.) who flew from the Abuja headquarters of the Service because of this impressive outing by the Tin Can told journalists that all the containers were contravening the provisions of the Customs & Excise Management Act Cap 45, LFN 2004, Sections 46 and 16.
The CGC who later saw the seizure as one of the many gains of the ongoing partial border closure, described seizure by Tin Can Island a commendable move.
He (Ali) further hinted that some of the  imported rice are from China and Thailand but fraudulently had Nigerian addresses. He therefore assured that the Service would be going after those addresses to investigate their connections with the importation of those expired rice.
While reading out some of the addresses, the CG said that they include; Masters Energy Commodities Trading Limited located at 31A Remi Fani-Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja,Lagos and 103 Ebitu Ukiwe Street, Jabi, Abuja even as he stated that “we will be going after these addresses and investigate their connections with these expired bags of rice in 33 containers.”
Col. Ali also said that one significant thing about the seizures was that all the rice were all expired or about to expire. 
On the confiscated drugs (Tramadol) variants and unregistered performance enhancing drugs among other pharmaceuticals, the CG said it was remarkable.
“Recall that in the past, the Service has raised alarm and drew attention of the general public to the fact that most of the imported rice are expired. The Service had also in the past highlighted the dangers of the use of Tramadol and had similarly seized and kick-started the destruction of over N14 billion worth of Tramadol recently.
There is no doubt that those who imported these dangerous items do not wish us well. Imagine if they had succeeded in getting the expired rice in and then re-bagged and changed the expiration date for Nigerians to consume. The grave consequences of consuming Tramadol can only be imagined than experienced”, he said.
The Customs boss who vowed to deal mercilessly to fraudulent smugglers, said,the Nigeria Customs Service and other sister agencies have resolved to secure the nation’s land borders from dangerous items.
 “It is a red alert on all entry and exit points in Nigeria,” Ali promised. however applauded the officers and men of the Tincan Island port command of the service  for their efforts.
To him, “I am also aware of the Command’s contribution to the Service revenue collection drive. Statistics in my office shows that the command has so far collected two hundred and eighty-six billion, seven hundred and forty-two million, five hundred and fifty one thousand, four hundred and forty-three Naira (N286,742,551,443.00) from January 2019 to date. I therefore urge the Command to keep up the good work and possibly surpass your”,ReplyForward
Seized Rice
Unregistered Pharmaceutical products
Expired Rice

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