Rain of seizures at Western Marine Customs

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Rain of seizures at Western Marine Customs

As Compt Salefu unleashes anti-smuggling onslaught against economic saboteurs on waterways

…Seizes contraband worth N110.2million; Arrests 5 suspects

The CAC addressing reporters during press conference yesterday
The CAC and his team showing reporters seized shoes :

The Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has unleashed anti-smuggling onslaught against economic saboteurs on waterways and the creeks, seizing prohibited items worth N110,195,934.50 (approximately N110.2million), in 2023 first quarter.

It was like rain of seizures at the Command yesterday, as the warehouse was filled to the brim with seized rice, even as some bags of foreign rice were displayed on the open space.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Compt O. A. Salefu, unveiled the seizures yesterday during press conference, warning smugglers to desist from economic sabotage; or be ready for arrest and prosecution.

The CAC also displayed seizures of
8,825 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in 468jerrycans; 700 pairs of foreign shoes; 20 female bags; 88 cartons of Caro-White  bleaching cream; 50 pairs of expired tyres; three Boat Engines and one water pumping machine; among other items.

He said that all the items were seized at various intervals within the period under review, from January to March, 2023.

Most remarkably, the Command arrested five suspects in connection with some of the seizures.

 

 

From right, the CAC showing reporters seizure of foreign rice

Speaking further, Compt Salefu revealed that his Command on March 28, 2023 and April 3, received in addition to its fleet of boats four additional operational boats consisting of two gun boats and two logistics boats from Customs headquarters.

His words : “Most importantly, we appreciate the unflinching support and motivation of the Customs Management under the leadership of the Comptroller General, CGC Hameed Ibrahim Ali, who continues to provide all necessary support and logistics for our operations. For this, we are grateful and assure the CGC of our unrelenting fight against economic saboteurs”.

Compt Salefu showcasing seizure of expired tyres
Compt Salefu and his enforcement officers showing reporters seized PMS during press conference

On factors that aided performance during the period under review, he said :  ” Our Command has always enjoyed cordial working relationship and cooperation from members of our host communities, who together with their leadership remain a major source of intelligence gathering.

“The Nigeria Navy, especially the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, are singled out for special appreciation by the Command for several operational assistance within the same review.

“I must also salute the commitment, dedication and bravery of our Officers and Men operating in the creeks and waterways amid very risky and difficult challenges.”

Talking tough on the readiness of his Command to battle smugglers on creeks, he warned :  “To smugglers, I appeal to you to abandon economic sabotage and unlawful trade to embrace legitimate trade, as Western Marine Command will not rest on its oars to rid our Creeks/Waterways of illegal trade practices. Me must continue to enforce Federal laws and policy restrictions”

 

Pictures of patrol boats received by the Command from Customs headquarters

His assertions :  “While appreciating the cooperation of our sister agencies and partners, I call on the Media and general public to continue to cooperate with the Service, by volunteering vital information that will help the service fulfill its obligations of suppressing smuggling in the Creeks/waterways and facilitating legitimate trade”.

From right, the CAC and his team unveiling seizure of bleaching cream made by the Command 

 

 

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