*We can monitor the highsea from office – Says Area Controller, Ochiba
The Western Marine Command (WMC), of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has decorated newly promoted officers under the leadership of
DC E. Ochiba, as the Customs Area Controller (CAC).
Western Marine Command, which is the amphibious Unit of the service received a big boost with 24 of its Officers decorated with new ranks.
The promoted Officers include two Deputy Comptrollers; one Assistant Comptroller; one Chief Superintendent; two Superintendents, 17 Assistant Superintendents of Customs I (ASCI) and one Assistant Superintendent of Customs II (ASCII).
Speaking during the decoration exercise, which was brief but very colourful and full of excitement, the CAC applauded the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ali, for the promotion.
He assured the CGC and his management team that his Command is working assiduously to protect the nation’s economy from nefarious activities of smugglers on creeks and waterways.
Going further, the CAC urged his Officers to be vigilant at all times and raise the tempo of patrol surveillance on waterways within their area of coverage.
DC Ochiba, explained that with the tele-conferencing equipment donated to the Command by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), his team can monitor activities on the highsea from their control room.
Recall that the equipment was donated to the Command in recognition of its strategic role in curbing drugs smuggling.
Just recently, DC Ochiba and his team seized expired pharmaceutical products worth N62.3million, and saved the country from what would have been a major health disaster if the killer drugs had entered the local markets unchecked.
Also, on Friday, August 13, 2021, the Command intercepted Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana), worth over N1.1billion, along Kuramo Beach on high sea.
The exceptional performance earned the CAC and his officers commendation letters from the CGC .