Seme Customs Denies Allegation of Abscondment During EndSARS Protest

CGC Col Hammed Ali(Rtd)

By Sandra Chukwunyere

Seme customs denies allegation of abscondment during EndSARS protest

The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command, has denied as untrue, a newspaper publication claiming that Officers of the command vacated their duty posts during the period of the EndSARS protest , thereby creating a safe haven for smugglers to operate.
In a statement, the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Hussaini Abdullahi urged members of the public to disregard the allegation, stating that the officers were not only on their various duty posts, but also stepped up their games in line with the customs anti-smuggling operations.
While condemning the publication, Mr. Abdullahi wondered what could be the motive of the  writer for publishing such an untrue and malicious piece on a national daily.
His words, 
“The attention of Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a misrepresentation of facts published in page one (1) of Maritime Report, Vanguard  Newspaper publication of  Wednesday, 28th October, 2020.
” However, the motive of the writer to orchestrate such malicious report on a reputable newspaper known for upholding professionalism and ethics remains unknown.   
“The statement alleged that officers of Nigeria Customs Service Seme Area Command and other Security agencies vacated Seme-Badagry road for fear of being attacked by Hoodlums and #EndSARS protesters, thereby creating free access for smugglers to perpetrate their unpatriotic act.
“The Command wishes to state clearly that, the allegation is untrue and unfounded as officers were not only in their various duty posts, but were reinvigorated in their anti-smuggling operations”.
According to Mr. Abdullahi, following the strengthening of operations, the command was able to seize  smuggled goods worth millions of naira. 
“This translated into the seizures of the following items from 12th October to date, which falls within the period of #EndSARS protest.
” 396X50KG of foreign parboiled rice, 152X25 Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit, 6X25Litres of Vegetable Oil and 7 units of smuggled vehicles.
“The above mentioned seized items have a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth millions Naira.
It is on this premise that the Command  appeals to members of the  public to disregard this misinformed publication that was built based on fallacy and may affect the morale of officers who day and night risk their lives to protect our borders. 
Mr. Abdullahi added that ” the  Command will continue to enforce Federal Government fiscal policies, provide professional and quality service that will enhance development of the Country at large”.

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