High Expectations :
As Compt Umar takes over leadership at Western Marine Command
Expectations are high
today, February 21 2022, as COMPTROLLER AA UMAR fsi, took over the mantle of leadership
from DC E OCHIBA as the substantive Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command (WMC).
During a brief handing and taking over at the WMC Headquarters Ibafon-Apapa, Lagos, the out-going Ag. CAC welcomed and congratulated the substantive Area Controller for his posting. He appreciated the Officers/Men for their unwavering support and cooperation throughout his tenure and urged them to accord maximum support and cooperation to the new Area Controller.
In his remarks, Comptroller AA UMAR fsi urged Officers/Men to re-dedicate themselves to their statutory responsibilities. He charged them to be disciplined and work according to the codes, procedures, departmental instructions and laws as enshrine in the Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 2004, as amended.
Comptroller AAUMAR fsi was among the Comptrollers, who were recently redeployed on the 8 February 2022 by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd).
Until his appointment, Comptroller AA UMAR fsi was the Comptroller Discipline at the Customs Headquarters, Abuja.
Recall that the Western Marine Command under DC Ochiba made giant strides in anti-smuggling drive.
Last year, precisely on Wednesday September 15, 2021 , the Command seized expired pharmaceutical products worth N62.3million on waterways. The drugs had expired since April 27, 2017, before being smuggled into Nigeria but DC Ochiba and his men saved the Nigerian nation from the health disaster of those killer drugs, as they intercepted them on water, thereby preventing the contaminated drugs from entering the local markets.
Most remarkably, the Command swiftly seized bundles of new labels printed by the smugglers to rebrand the expired drugs, in a bid to deceive un-suspecting consumers.
Also, on Friday, August 13, 2021, the Command intercepted Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana), worth over N1.1billion, along Kuramo Beach on high sea. Just recently, the same Command intercepts smuggled petrol worth over N3.6million on waterways.