Killing of Customs officers must stop – ACG Modupe Aremu warns

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  • Scores Ogun -1 Command excellent on anti-smuggling operations
  • Says Compt kolo, his officers merit commendation letters from the Service

(Report by Udeme Clement)

The Zonal Coordinator in charge of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), in Zone ‘A’, ACG Modupe Aremu, has described the huge success recorded by Ogun 1 Command in anti-smuggling operations as excellent performance.

The ACG also said that the commendation letters given to Ogun 1 Command under the
watch of Compt Peter Kolo and 17 of his officers are well deserved honours, looking at their outstanding performance in anti-smuggling drive, especially at a volatile border area like Idiroko.

ACG Aremu spoke while addressing officers at the Command during day-3 of her working tour of Customs formations under her watch.

The Zonal Coordinator, who was highly impressed by the exceptional performance of the Command, presented the commendation letters to the 17 operatives before senior officers and Journalists who monitored the tour.

Speaking further, the ACG frowned at the killing of Customs officer attached to Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, last Saturday, in Ogun State. She warned that smugglers sabotaging the nation’s economy must desist from attacking and killing officers carrying out their statutory duties of protecting the economy.

She warned :
“Killing of Customs officers must stop, as investigation is on-going and the Service under CGC Hameed Ali, will not hesitate to bring the culprits to book”.

In hiis remarks, Compt Kolo, informed that in the month of August 2021, alone, the Command made a total of 95 seizures, comprising 4,138 bags of foreign rice; 830 cartons of frozen poultry products; 592 kegs of smuggled petrol; 15 units of vehicles/ means of conveyance; six sacks of cannabis sativa and other illicit drugs. Other items include six bales and 15 sacks of secondhand clothings; 90 used handbags and 16 sacks of used shoes, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N 72,589,473 (approximately N72.6million

Compt Kolo attributed the anti-smuggling feats recorded by his team to timely used of credible intelligence, even as he promised to remain committed to the Service.

He disclosed that about five of their patrol vehicles had been burnt by dreaded smugglers
during operations at Idiroko, the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic, a border terrain notorious for illicit trade, where die-hard smugglers attack Customs officers at a slightest provocation.

The visit to Ogun – 1 Command
took several hours, as the ACG addressed officers at the border office, after which she went round the entire Command and inspected the facilities.
For instance, she inspected the government warehouse at Idiroko border filled to the brim with seizures.

Other facilities she inspected at Idiroko included officers quarters, a big block of flats under construction; another building where construction work has reached its completion; staff clinic, officers mess; the area where seizures are kept and the Customs Secondary School, where she spoke with the teachers and the Principal.

That was not all.
Earlier during the same day, ACG Aremu visited Ogun 11 Area Command, Abeokuta, which is in charge of excise.

In his welcome address, the Area Controller of the Command, Compt S. T. Bala, explained that the Command has 26 duty paying factories and two free trade zones.
He revealed that the Command generated a whopping sum of N13.7billion, from January to August 2021.

Compt Bala took the ACG and officers round the whole Command, up to the barracks, the areas where seized items mainly cars are kept, even up to the apartment of the Area Controller.
The tour, which started early in the morning amid heavy rain ended by 6.30pm.

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