2020: Western Marine Customs maintain 24 hours patrol on high sea *As Comptroller Binga maps new strategies to curb illicit trade on creeks

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2020: Western Marine Customs maintain 24 hours patrol on high sea

.As Comptroller Binga maps new strategies to curb illicit trade on creeks

By Udeme Clement:

Seized poultry items destroyed by the Command:

The Western Marine Command, WMC, of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is starting 2020 economic year by maintaining 24 hours patrol operations on the high sea.

The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the Command, Mr Emmanuel Tangwa, made this known in a statement signed and made available to Financial Business News.

He attributed the remarkable achievements recorded by the Command in 2019, in the area of massive seizures to ingenuity and knowledge driven leadership approach of the Customs Area Controller, CAC, Comptroller B. N. Binga.

He mentioned Military uniforms, foreign rice, frozen products, Cannabis sativa, petroleum products, second hand shoes, clothes, textile materials, tramadol and buffalo horns as some spectacular seizures recorded by the Command in 2019.

He also disclosed that the Command made a total of 30 seizures last year, with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N129.5million.

He pointed out, “In the beginning of 2019, the CAC mapped out new strategies aimed at achieving maximum and efficient operations. One of such strategies was 24-hours patrol on the creeks and waterways of the Western axis by officers of the Command.”

He revealed, “Also, as a result of the ‘Operations Border Drill’, the CAC opened up an out-post at Ibeshe community, a major outlet to the high sea, to checkmate illegal activities of smugglers.  Our Operatives are there on 24-hours patrol. This initiative led to several seizures made by the Command during the festive period last year.”

He enthused, “Another achievement within the period under review was the ‘In-Country training of 40 officers of both Eastern and Western Marine Commands’, on how to use the new sea-going vessels acquired by the Service to curb smuggling on high-sea.

“The training conducted in four weeks, from March 24 to April 18, 2019, equipped the officers on board the vessels while on high sea.”

In-Country training by the Command:

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