- Disbands hinterland patrols
The Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Dr. John Atte, has tasked the Customs Area Controllers to brace up and increase the current weekly average revenue, presently running at N13 billion to N35 billion.
Atte, who issued this directive during a strategy session of Customs Management and Customs Area Controllers which held in Abuja, also banned all “unapproved” patrols in the country, even as he disbanded, with immediate effect, all Task Forces under any name or guise operating in all seaports, airports and land borders. The Acting Comptroller-General also ordered officers serving in such adhoc units to be withdrawn and redeployed immediately.
Reviewing operational procedures, he directed Heads of Federal Operation Unit, FOU, to intensify patrol at border stations immediately, stressing that smuggling of goods at the various border posts by illicit traders must be curbed, without further delay.
Subsequently, he mandated the Federal Operations Units, even as he warned against all hinterland patrols in the country.
Meanwhile, Atte has also given further directives for the immediate set-up of anti-corruption seats in all Area Commands to monitor Officers’ conduct which should be reported to his office accordingly; stressing that Area Controllers would be held responsible for staff conduct and discipline in their jurisdictions because that should be under their total and effective control.