Massive shake-up hits Customs, 246 officers redeployed

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CG deploys vehicles to border towns

To ensure the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) surpasses its challenges and targets in 2017 fiscal year, the Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), yesterday approved the redeployment of 246 top officers of the service.

Also, the Service has deployed patrol vehicles to some routes in the border towns and villages that could be used by smugglers to import vehicles from Benin to Nigeria.

The deployment exercise, which cuts across all formations, saw its longest serving Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi, posted to Apapa area command in Lagos State.

The exercise is with immediate effect. Customs’ Deputy Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, confirmed the shake-up in a statement, saying the exercise affected eight Assistant Comptrollers- General and 238 Deputy Comptrollers General.

The Assistant Comptrollers- General affected are Charles Edike of Zone A, who has been moved to Human Resource Development (HRD), Ahmed Mohammed from HRD to Zone B and ACG Aminu Dangaladima from Zone B to Enforcement. Others are Francis Dosumu, moved from Enforcement to Zone D; Augustine Chidi from Zone D to Excise; Free Trade Zone and Industrial Incentives (Ex, FTZ, & I I); Monday Abueh from Ex, FTZ, & II to Zone A; Umar Sanusi from headquarters to Zone C and Abdulkadir Azerema from Zone C to headquarters.

The affected Deputy Comptrollers include Adeniyi, who is now posted to Apapa Customs Area Command, Lagos. As all the affected officers report at their new zones and commands, the Comptroller-General reiterated Federal Government’s ban on importation of rice and vehicles through land borders.

He charged all officers and men of the service to ensure maximum collec- tion of revenue and strict implementation of fiscal policy of government.

Spokesman for the service at the Federal Operation Unit (FOU), Zone A in Lagos, Mr. Jerry Attah, told New Telegraph yesterday that enforcement officers had been deployed to notorious routes to block illegal importation of vehicles to the country.

Attah said that the service’s anti-smuggling unit had been fully equipped with operational vehicles and necessary equipment to tackle smugglers.

He said: “Since January 1, 2017, no vehicle has been imported through the Seme and Idiroko borders. The Federal Government has given enough time to allow importers shift their imports from Benin to Nigerian seaports.

Today is the third day; we have not seized any vehicle due to importers’ compliance.” Attah explained that enforcement officers had manned all the routes at Ajilete, Owode, Ipokia, Alari, Ifoyintedo and other communities.

Echoing him, the NCS’s Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, Usman Abubakar explained that lawful importation of vehicles through Idiroko had been terminated on December 31, 2016.

Abubakar noted: “From January 1st, 2017, importation of vehicles through the border is illegal. We have put some measures in place to ensure that no vehicle is cleared from Idiroko Border.

The importers are complying and we are ready to intercept any vehicle.”

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