AIG scores Customs at Airport high on outstanding performance
.Seeks greater synergy to ensure national security
.Customs under CGC Ali not business as usual- Says Shoboiki
By Udeme Clement
The Assistant Inspector General, AIG, of Police, Danjuma Ibrahim has scored the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Murtala Mohammed Area Command, MMAC, Comptroller Jayne Shoboiki (PhD) and her officers high on outstanding performance and remarkable seizures recorded within a short period at the International Airport.
AIG Ibrahim made this commendation on a working visit to the Command, yesterday, seeking collaboration with the Command on national security at the International Airport.
He said, “Customs is very important in national security, as far as the International Airport is concerned. Before coming here, I heard of the spectacular seizures of Military hard wares, elephant tusks, wild life parts (pangolin scales) and other contraband items intercepted by this Command in the last three months. So, I commend the CAC and her officers for doing a wonderful job at the Airport”.
He spoke further, “We need greater working synergy and cooperation with Customs and other sister agencies to ensure adequate security at the International Airport, in order to forestall any kind of aggression”.
His assertion: “The Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC, Ali Hameed has achieved a lot in the Service, in that capacity, the Inspector General, IG, of Police is ready to partner with Customs and other security agencies on issues of national security of this country, to ensure enabling environment for people and businesses to thrive.
“The International Airport is an entry point to the country, therefore we must be vigilant to ensure people carrying arms and ammunition as well as other offensive items, do not have access to the country. It is through working synergy that we can effectively curb criminal activities at the International Airport, to ensure security of the nation.
“Before coming here, I met the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA and other agencies of government at the Airport, to see how we could work together as a team at the Airport”.
In her response, Comptroller Shoboiki said, “To start with, Customs under CGC Ali Hameed is not business as usual. He is working tirelessly in reforming the Service to ensure greater efficiency. He believes in merit at all ramifications. As such, he empowers and motivates officers to do their best.
“So, that motivation enhances this high productivity, which has shown in the performance of officers who are working assiduously in different units of Customs, not only at Airport, but at other Commands across the country.
“You are welcome to MMA Command. We are ready to work with you for the good of our country. We would continue to generate revenue for government and facilitate trade in line with global best practice.”
In the same vein, the Command handed over 99 sacks of unprocessed Donkey skin to Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service, 30 sacks of Pangolin scales and eight bags of elephant tusks to National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA, for further investigation to unravel the syndicates behind smuggling these items.
The Lagos State Coordinator of NESREA, Mr. Nosa Aigbedion who received the Pangolin and elephant tusks commended Comptroller Shoboiki and her team for the outstanding seizures recorded by the Command within a short period. Also, Dr. Ubiogoro received the 99 sacks of Donkey skin on behalf of quarantine service.