As one of the watchdogs of national economic security in the Nigerian Customs Service, you have demonstrated once again in word and deed that you are serious about ensuring that the activities and operations of smugglers, money launderers, people that traffic in illegal weapons and corrupt politicians are tamed. this new year and of course, new decade.

On January 15, Jerry Attah, Public Relations Officer, NCS Federal Operations Unit in Ikeja, Lagos, told the world through the media that Usman Yahaya, who has resumed his duties as Acting Customs Controller for FOU ‘A’, went live when it intercepted smuggled goods valued at more than 67 million naira in a week

According to Attah, barely a week in office, his quest for outstanding performance using credible intelligence yielded positive results with the interception of 2,065 drums of vegetable oil of 25 liters each, 1,185 bags of 50 kg of foreign parboiled rice, 1,500 drums (25 liters) of diesel, with a value of paid duties of 67,362,500.00, between January 7 and 14, 2020 along different unapproved routes within our coverage areas.

This feat comes as a result of a series of meetings held with our section chiefs, team / patrol leaders, where he revealed the management mandate that was given to him, which includes blocking all revenue leaks, facilitating trade and the intensification of anti-smuggling operations at various entry points: seaports, land borders and airports within our areas of jurisdiction in the southwest zone.

DC Yahaya warned smugglers and ‘would be’ in danger if they do not engage in legitimate trade, as some have started to count their losses.

“You will agree with me that the fight against smuggling can only be won if everyone is on deck.” He called on all members of the media and the general public to support the fight against smuggling by providing the necessary intelligence that could help the service reduce smuggling to a minimum.

Meanwhile, the redeployment of DC Yahaya was part of the Comptroller General’s strategies to readjust and reposition the Service for greater efficiency and effectiveness, especially in the areas of income generation, trade facilitation, and the fight against smuggling.

DC Usman Yahaya is a quintessential application guru who was until now the Strike Force Coordinator, Zone ‘A’, before being sent to FOU ‘A’ as Acting Controller.

He assumed office on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, replacing Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed, who was elevated based on his record to a new assignment as Acting Commander of Sector 4 of Border Drilling Operations codenamed Ex-Swift Response.

Usman Yahaya’s assumption of office at FOU ‘A’ has naturally caused panic among all non-compliant smugglers and merchants, knowing very well his background as Enforcement Czar.

Yahaya thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire Nigerian Customs Service Management Team for considering him worthy and assured that he will work assiduously with all officers to justify the trust placed in him.

Your official portrait and photographs of the seized items are attached for your immediate use.

Once again, the Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hammed Ali, rtd, told reporters in Lagos on Tuesday how officers from the Federal Operations Unit of the Nigerian Customs Service intercepted an illegal movement of more than $ 8 million in Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos. .

Talking about the interception, Ali explained that based on the credible information received, the FOU Customs intelligence unit was activated and detailed to raid the E wing unit of the MMIA on January 16, 2020, where the illegal movement of foreign currency.

According to the chief of customs, Chimezie Okonkwo, driver of the mountain bus where the money was stopped, loaded into six bargo bags and transported to the airport.

“On Saturday, January 18, 2020, an inventory of the shipment was made and was witnessed by representatives of the Directorate of the State Security Service, DSS, Customs Intelligence Unit, Unit for the Fight against Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, in presence of the suspect, “he said.

He further explained that at the end of the inventory, a total of 20 sealed wrappers were opened, counted, resealed and re-wrapped under video coverage, where the total sum of $ 8,065,612 was counted.

The head of Customs, while reminding Nigerians that only $ 10,000 is the allowed threshold for real drivers, who have no intention, of laundering for international terrorism, drug smuggling, weapons proliferation and other criminal acts, pleaded with members of the public and the press. join the fight against all forms of smuggling and money laundering.

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