13 Days in the creeks : Compt Nnadi seizes 16 International Passports

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13 Days in the creeks :
Compt Nnadi seizes 16 International Passports

Rejects $250,000 bribe, seizes foreign currency worth N2.763bn

The seized currency notes :

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Seme border Command, Compt Dera Nnadi mni and his team have demonstrated what could be described as the highest level of integrity in public service, as they
intercepted fake $6million – equivalent of N2.763billion at exchange rate of N460.52, even as two suspects conveying the fake currency from Nigeria to Republic of Benin were equally arrested.

Most remarkably, Compt Nnadi mni and his men rejected $250,000 bribe and seized the huge amount of foreign currency notes.

This landmark achievement is coming only 13 days after Compt Nnadi mni took over the mantle of leadership at Seme Command.

Large quantity of PMS seized by the Command

The new CAC of Seme Command also seized 16 International Passports, 39,000 litres of fuel, which is over one tanker and other prohibited items.

Displaying the seized items during a press conference at Seme Command yesterday, Compt Nnadi explained :
“On January 31, 2023, at about 0530 hours, Officers on patrol along Gbetrome area intercepted six Maltese International Passports with the same picture of a lady but bearing different names, two Senegalese International Passports, three Togolese International Passports, four passports bearing Republic of Benin and one passport from Republic of
Niger.”

He disclosed that his team also seized 10 International Drivers’ Licenses of various countries from two male suspects, who are currently being investigated.

More so, the Command seized 1300 by 30 litres jerrycan of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol; equivalent to 39,000 litres, over one fuel tanker. The PMS has a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N9, 366,45. The product was seized along the creeks.

He informed :  “In the last 13 days, the Command recorded milestones in its anti-smuggling operations. Some of the anti-smuggling landmarks by the Command include seizures mentioned above. The fake currency notes were seized at Gbaji checkpoint, along Seme corridor on January 31, 2023.”

Other items seized include 55 sacks containing 550 pieces of donkey skin, with DPV of N11,371,511.
The CAC frowned :  “This sizure of Donkey skin shows how much our endanger speices are being eroded by unpatriotic elements”.

On import trade, the CAC informed: “The Command recorded only five declarations of imports within this period with a total of N13,383,104 paid as duty. The dearth in import is as a result of trade policy introduced by Republic of Benin, which indeed the Service considers hostile to Nigeria

“On export,122 trucks bearing 3,770.49 metric tons of made in Nigeria cargo with Free On Board value of N523,660,496.80 and National Export Supervision Scheme Fees of N2,618,302.10 were made.”

Compt Nnadi mni and his team showing reporters seized items during press conference at Seme Command yesterday

His assertions :  “It is important to note that the 2022 fiscal Policy measures by the Federal Ministry of Finance lifted the ban on export of goods coming into Nigeria hitherto prohibited under item 8 Schedule 6 of the Common External Tariff.

“However, this is subject to exporters obtaining approval from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and payment of 2.5 per cent export surcharge of the present value of the goods. The traders are yet to take full advantage of this gesture. We are calling on them to optimise the opportunities offered by the policy.

“Other sources of revenue for the Command are fees collected from auction sales of seized items, especially petroleum products and other perishable items.

“It is worthy of note that the major ssources of revenue for the Command’s import and export have not been enhanced since the reopening of the land Borders as directed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, as traders are still bracing with the challenges of having been out of business for over two years.”

Expired flour seized by the Command

Responding to questions on impressive performance by his team, he enthused:  “These achievements so far, were not made on a silver platter. It took painstaking efforts of the officers, who spent hours on patrol and surveillance to record the seizures. We wish to reiterate that we will not relent on this effort. The Command will continue to dialogue, engage and educate the public on economic implications of smuggling”.

He added : “Permit me to once more use this opportunity to appeal to parents and guardians residing in border communities to prevail on their wards and youths to desist from  criminal act of smuggling”

His words : ” Let me at this interval, appreciate the collaborative efforts of other sister agencies in the fight against smuggling and appeal for their continuous support. It is important to note that activities embarked upon by the Command is a patriotic duty in the interest of national security and economic wellbeing of Nigeria.

“In conclusion, we thank the CGC and management of Customs, officers and men of the Command, community leaders and government agencies showing concern and collaborating with the Service for their continuous support.”

Recall that Compt Nnadi mni, recently completed 11 months intensive training from National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos. This means, his head is hot and smugglers must flee from Seme Command because a no-nonsense enforcement Officer is on the saddle. Also, traders doing legitimate business must be ready for total compliance because Comp Nnadi mni is uncompromising. Anyone trying to circumvent the system will end up in jail.

Donkey skin seized by the Command 
Seized items displayed by the Command

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