Comptroller Peters, 11 officers of Western Marine Customs receive special honour
*Records over N18.8million seizures
*Seizures include foreign rice, petrol, organic fertilizer
By Udeme Clement :
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Olugboyega Peters and 11 officers under his watch have received special honour, following their outstanding performance on the seizure of over N1.2billion Cannabis Sativa made on high sea.
The honour was bestowed on these gallant officers by the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ali through commendation letters for their hard work and resilience in putting their lives on line to save the Nigerian nation from what would have been a big diaster, if the dangerous drugs had entered the economic ambience.
Presenting the commendation letters to officers, Comptroller Peters described CGC Ali as a transparent and visionary leader, who gives promotion and commendations to officers strictly on their merit of performance.
He stressed that the honour was well-deserved and will serve as a great motivation for officers in Western Marine, as well as other Commands across the country.
He promised to double his efforts on anti-smuggling operations within the creeks and waterways, in order to curtail illicit trade that is inimical to the nation’s economy.
His assertion, “We are combat-ready for smugglers, as we will leave no stone unturned in our anti-smuggling campaigns.”
His words, “You may recall that on April 21, 2020, our operatives of the Coastal and Harbour Patrol following intelligence seized over 10 Tonnes of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) valued at over N1.02 billion, which happens to be the biggest catch of a single item of Cannabis Sativa ever seized in
the history of Nigeria Customs Service on high sea.
“You may also recall that the said Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) was destroyed by burning on June 26, 2020 at Falola Beach in Badagry West Local Government Area of Lagos State, in the presence of other sister agencies, Chairman of Badagry West LGA, traditional rulers, having applied all extant laws and most importantly a Court Order from the Federal High Court Ikoyi condenming the
Comptroller Peters enthused, “We are here to inform you that the outstanding performance of the Ofticers/Men involved in the seizure has been recognised by CGC Ali together with his management team, by giving them commendation letters.
“The seizing officers’ acts demonstrated Zero tolerance to corruption and other vices in line with the Policy Thrust of the present administration”.
The CAC pointed out, These commendations will serve as a morale booster to the seizing officers and also as encouragement to other Officers/Men of the Command.
“It is worthy of note to mention here that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has recognised the Command and they are about to install a Video Teleconferencing (VTC) (Cisco Webex) equipment that will aid our operations in the maritime industry.
“The equipment is to strengthen inter agency cooperation between Nigerian Customs Service and other maritime law enforcement agencies in the fight against piracy and other maritime crimes in Nigeria.
“Against the rising threat of maritime piracy, they provide a veritable platform to ensure effective collaboration between Customs and other maritime law enforcement agencies in implementation of the Harmonised Standard Operating Procedures on Arrest, Detention and Prosecution of Persons and Vessels in Nigeria’s Maritime Environment (HSOP-AD&P), the addendum on evidence to the HSOP-AD&P, and provides for remote witness testimony in prosecution of maritime cases.
“The equipment is funded under the auspices of the Government of Denmark project, aimed at strengthening maritime law enforcement response to piracy and other maritime crimes in the gulf of Guinea.”
In the same vein, the Command made seizures worth over N18.8million in Duty Paid Value (DPV), from July to September 2020.
The item seized include 1,033 bags of foreign rice, 24 kegs of vegetable oil, 52 kegs of organic fertilizer, 331 kegs of petrol, 26 cartons of women slippers, 100 pairs of foot-wear and beauty products.
The seizures were made at varlous outstatlons of Ere, Badagry, 0J0 and Idn’oko.
He added, “Let me on behalf of the entire Officers /Men of Western Marine Command extend our appreciation to the CGC and the entire management for recognising our efforts and assure them that the Officers/Men under my watch are combat-ready to make the western waterways “a no go area” for smugglers.
“My appreciation will be incomplete without mentioning gentlemen of the press for their determination in disseminating the efforts of the Command”.