Customs at Western Marine Command records over N1.1bn seizures * Maintains 24 hours patrol surveillance on waterways

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Comptroller Peters showing the seized items 

Customs at Western Marine Command records over N1.1bn seizures

* Maintains 24 hours patrol surveillance on waterways

(Report by Udeme Clement ):

The Western Marine Command (WMC), of Nigeria Customs Service, has made impressive performance in 2020 fiscal year, with seizures of 81 different items worth over N1.1billion in Duty Paid Value (DPV).

Also, as amphibious arm of the Service, the Command maintains 24 hours patrol surveillance on waterways and creeks, in order to curtail illegal trade through the waterfront.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, ASCI Isah Sulaiman, gave these details to reporters in a press statement signed by his Unit.

Speaking on behalf of the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of WMC, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters PSC+ Dss, he said, “Capacity building, intelligence
gathering, doggedness and determination of our operatives are making the Zone unbearable for smugglers

“These unprecedented seizures were made as a result of the strategies put in place by the CAC.”

He went on,. “I want to use this medium to appreciate the efforts of other sister agencies for their contributions in providing relevant information in
making some of these seizures.”

His words, “Recall that the operatives of WMC Command on April 24, 2020, made a unique seizure of over 10 tons of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) valued at N1.2 billion, which is the biggest single item catch of Marijuana ever seized in the history of Nigeria Customs Service.

“This feat has received national and international commendations. The
Comptroller General of Customs – CGC Ali Hameed, on behalf of the Management recognised the outstanding performance of Officers/Men involved in that seizure with commendation letters.

“Also, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) recognised the Command and they are about to install a Video Tele-Conferencing (VTC) Cisco WebEx equipment that will aid our operations in the maritime industry.

“The equipment is funded under the auspices of the Government
of Denmark, aimed at strengthening maritime law enforcement response to piracy and other maritime crimes in the gulf of guinea.”

He pointed out, “These seizures are strong indications that the operatives of WMC are combat-ready in policing and enforcing Government Fiscal Policies,
despite the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic”.

The PRO enthused, “Let me use this medium to appreciate the CGC and his management team for their motivation and support giving to the Officers/Men in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities.

“We assure them that the Officers/Men of WMC under the leadership of Comptroller Peters will perform their statutory responsibilities in line with the policy thrust of the present administration on zero tolerance for corruption and other vices.’

He warned : “To those unscrupulous elements; we want them to know that there is no hiding place for them and whatever their strategy, we will always be ahead of
them.”

He informed, “We reiterate our firm commitment in carrying out the duty vested on us in suppressing smuggling and will not rest on our oars in tackling smuggling to the barest minimum.

“We enjoin patriotic citizens to continue with their legitimate business in accordance with the extant
laws, as enshrined in Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).

“We appreciate the media in
disseminating the efforts of the Service in anti-smuggling drive.”

He concluded, “2020 was a year of outstanding achievements in the history of WMC, with spectacular seizures recorded from January to December”.

Pictures showing different seizures made by WMC in 2020:

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