Apapa Customs seize N7.3bn tramadol, aircraft through intelligence-Says CGC Ali
.Lauds Comptroller Bashir, officers of Apapa Command
By Udeme Clement
The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,CGC Ali Hameed has revealed that the Apapa Area Command intercepted the 40 containers (40 X 40ft), loaded with Tramadol and other pharmaceutical products, with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N7.3billion through intelligence-driven techniques.
The CGC also said that the Command intercepted two aircrafts through well-thought-out operational strategies coordinated by the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Apapa Command, Comptroller Abubakar Bashir, who took over the Command only three months ago.
CGC Ali made this known while responding to questions from newsmen during the press conference held at Apapa Command.
Speaking further on the activities of Apapa Command, the CGC expressed profound enthusiasm on the timely interception of the 40 containers with deadly contents, stressing the security implications of such items coming into the country, as well as the health hazards on the lives of young Nigerians.
His words, “Apapa Command within this same period seized two aircrafts, helicopter with registration number SN-BLI, intended for export in container number PONU7789246. It was falsely declared as 388 bags of cashew nuts. This action violates Section 36 of Customs and Excise Management Act, CEMA, Cap C45, LFN 2004. Investigations are on-going to unravel the owners.
“The second aircraft, a Cessna 182A, imported from the United States of America, loaded in container number MRKU 4457663, was intercepted by officers of the Command. The aircraft declared through SGD No. C130308 of 09/10/2018 was seized on failure by the owners to present End-user-Certificate from the National Security Adviser and approval from Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.”
He emphasized, “While the seizures of dangerous drugs and aircrafts demonstrate Customs crucial contributions to economic growth and security well-being, the rejection of N150million bribes by officers, presents a picture of reformed NCS, whose operatives are increasingly putting national interest above selves.
“I therefore commend the CAC, officers and men of Apapa Command for their exemplary commitment to duty. I thank our collaborating partners for their cooperation”.
Financial Business in a chat with some officers at the sideline of the conference learnt that Comptroller Bashir, has served Customs at different capacities in various Units, even as he was also the CAC of Onne Area Command, until few months ago when he was posted to Apapa Command on merit of his performance.
This is the second segment of the report on Apapa Customs, brought to you by Financial Business.
Watch out for the photo news on our next story !!!