|For job well done in manning their area of jurisdiction, officers and men of the Western Marine Command, Ibafon in Apapa Lagos have been specially recognized by the Controller General of Customs ,CGC, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali Rtd.|
The Officers who among other successes, recently intercepted what was believed to be the biggest catch of a single items of Cannabis Sativa ever seized in the history of Nigeria Customs Service on high sea were issued commendation letters by the CGC.
Announcing this at a news conference, the Customs Area Controller,CAC, WMC, Comptroller Olugbenga Peters commended the Officers for being good ambassadors of the service and the country at large, pointing out that by their acts they have demonstrated Zero tolerance to corruption and other vices in line with the policy Thrust of the present administration.
While thanking the CGC and the management of the service for taking the wise decision to appreciate the Officers, Comptroller Peters believed that the commendation would motivate the Officers to even do more in the discharge of their duties.
“We are here to inform you that the outstanding performance of the Officers and Men involved in the seizure has been recognized by the CGC Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali together with his management team by giving them a commendation letters.
“The seizing Officers’ acts have demonstrated Zero tolerance to corruption and other vices in line with the Policy Thrust of the present administration.
“These commendations would serve as a morale booster to the seizing officers and also as encouragement to other Officers and Men of the WMC”, he said.
“On 21St April 2020, our operatives of the Coastal and Harbour Patrol following an Intel from our intelligence arrested and seized over 10 Tonnes of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) valued at over 1.02 Billion Naira which happens to be the biggest catch of a single item of Cannabis Sativa ever seized in the history of Nigeria Customs Service on high sea.
“You may also recall that the said Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) was destroyed by burning on the 26th June 2020 at Falola Beach in Badagry West Local Government Area of Lagos State in the presence of other sister agencies, chairman of Badagry West LGA, traditional rulers having applied all extant laws and most importantly a Court Order from the Federal High Court Ikoyi condemning the Marijuana was secured”.
According to Peters, thrilled about the feat, ” the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has recognized the WMC and they are about to install a Video Teleconferencing (VTC) (Cisco Webex) equipment that will aid our operations in the maritime industry.
” The equipment is to strengthen inter agency cooperation between the Nigerian Customs Service and other maritime law enforcement agencies in the fight against piracy and other maritime crimes in Nigeria.
” Against the rising threat of maritime piracy, they provide a veritable platform to ensure effective collaboration between the Customs Service and other maritime law enforcement agencies in the implementation of the Harmonised Standard Operating Procedures on Arrest, Detention and Prosecution of Persons and Vessels in Nigeria’s Maritime Environment (HSOP-AD&P), the addendum on evidence to the HSOP-AD&P as well as provide for remote witness testimony in the prosecution of maritime cases.
“The equipment is funded under the auspices of the Government of Denmark project aimed at strengthening maritime law enforcement response to piracy and other maritime crimes in the gulf of Guinea.
He said that in related development, the Command between July and September this year made seizures of varying quantities of smuggled foreign rice, vegetable oil, fertilizers, beauty products and others worth nearly N18 893,545.00.
Comptroller Peters noted that “the seizures were made at various outstations of Ere, Badagry, Ojo and Idiroko from July to September 2020.
The C AC pledged that his officers and men are battle ready and would do everything possible to ensure that the Western waterways are made “a no go area” for smugglers.
The 11 Officers commended by the CGC are Baba, NE Tangwa, Ogundipe, I. Suileman, Dauda, and Udo.
Others are Okauru, S.Dimkpa, Mohammed, Lawal and Akanni.