Amidst Attack, Hostility By Smugglers, Eastern Marine Customs Command Remains Awake, Committed To War Against Smuggling- Ndarni

*** As Customs CG Commissions 18 Patrol Boats For Improved Security On Waterways

By Sandra Chukwunyere

In a bid to fight smuggling and other illegal practices on the Creeks and Waterways, rhe Controller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Col. Hameed Ibrahim Alli (rtd) has commissioned 18 Patrol Boats for Southern waters.

R-L,Col. Hameed Ibrahim Alli (rtd), Comptroller JD Ndarni and other Senior Officers

While addressing Journalists at the commission ceremony on Thursday at Port Harcourt, Col. Hameed Alli noted that the 18 creeks patrol boats which consists of 9 logistic support boats and 9 gun boats with armored parts are geared against combating smugglers who choose the creeks and waterways as a safe haven for their illegal trade.

The Customs CG also noted that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) collaborated with a Nigerian Company named “SEWA” who designed, constructed and built the Patrol boats. 

“In-line with Executive Order on Local Content of 2017, NCS tapped into the ingenuity of a Nigerian Company, SEWA to design, construct and build these edifices. As you can see, these boats are not only built with our weather and circumstances in mind they can compete with similar ones built anywhere in the world. The relationship between NCS and SEWA represents excellent examples of what Nigerians can achieve when we come together” Alli said.

Alli also stated that the boats which will be deployed to the East and Western Marine Commands and charged the Marine Operatives to use them judiciously in the interest of the nation. He however sought for support and cooperation of well-meaning individuals and organizations to alwaya give the Service credible information that will enable interception and seizures of smuggled items.

The Customs boss commended SEWA for delivering on their promise and promised to recommend them to individuals or organizations who may need what they are capable of producing.

“Let me state here that even with the best of working tools, NCS efforts will not yield maximum output, If Nigerians for which we work, do not give us needed cooperation. I therefore call on well-meaning individuals and organizations to give the Service credible information that will enable interception and seizures of smuggled items” he added.

On his part, the Customs Area  Controller( CAC) of the Command, ComptrollerJD Ndarni   noted that such bad elements in the society are strategizing at every moment on how to cheat the nation through various illegal activities by smuggling various items into the country through illegal routes.

Ndarni said that the renewed hostility by the smugglers and their acompliances will never be a distraction in discharging our statutory responsibilities.
“On the other hand, daredevil smugglers will continue to meet their waterloo with no breathing space in Eastern Marine Command.” 
In conclusion, we thank the Comptroller General of Customs and the management team for their support and guidance, and the gallant and patriotic Officers of the Command for their commitment to the development and progress of the Nation.

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