Nigeria Customs Service, NCS Area controller Seme Area Command Mr. Garba Ndalati has explained that one of the core mandates of the service is to secure the nation from any threat to national peace, which the NCS is ready to enforce as security agent at the international border.
He further said that his command has arrested three persons who attempted to smuggle in a fairly used military truck from Benin Republic under false declaration adding that the suspected smugglers are being quizzed to know the motive of their action, considering the underlying security implication.
He said, the impounded truck with the inscription: “Used for Transporting Troops”was intercepted Thursday at the busy Seme border by Customs operatives during physical examination after the importer and agent had declared it as the conventional articulated truck popularly called tipper.
According to the Customs Area Controller “the fairly used military truck was declared as a tipper. But on examination, we discovered it was not. False declaration on its own is a crime. Those arrested have been granted bail while investigation to unravel the importer of this military truck that is capable of undermining the security of our national co-existence is ongoing.”
The Comptroller said the command has upped its ante in ensuring that offensive goods do not come into the country through the border.
“All hands are on deck in his command to work strictly in compliance with the policy thrust of the Customs Comptroller General, CGC. Under my watch, officers have been warned to adhere strictly to guidelines and ethics. We have also sensitised officers to abhor anything that has to do with proven cases of false declarations, deliberate misapplication of tariff, under valuation and concealment,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Federal Operations Unit, FOU Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS says it is undaunted despite facing a fierce battle with dare devil smugglers after it made 32 seizures with Duty Paid Value of over N814m in September, the highest so far this year 2015.
According to a release signed by the Public Relations Officer, FOU zone C owerri Mrs. Ifeoma Ojekwu said Criminal cartels must fight back as the Unit continues to interdict, seize prohibited and smuggled goods as well as arrest suspects involved in the acts. This is why the recent allegations against the Unit by the Campaign for Democracy were attributed to desperate smugglers using blackmail due to loss of goods to seizures.
“Owing to unrelenting onslaught against smuggling, duty evasion and other illegalities being fought by Federal Operations Unit, Zone C, smugglers of fake drugs may have commenced a campaign of falsehood against our unit” he said
She added that, “We are not surprised that these wild allegations are coming barely two weeks after we clamped down and stopped some merchants of deaths from bringing fake and deadly drugs into the country.”
She said since the smugglers have remained daring: “Our seizure profile has been on the increase with arrests and prosecutions of suspects.

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