By Chinonye Anyatonwu
The Western Marine Command, a waterways anti-smuggling Command of the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) has in six months made seizures worth # 747.2b from January to June, 2021.
The statement was made available by the commands image maker, ASC1 Isa Suleiman who said that “These seizures are strong indications that the operatives of the Command are combat-ready in policing and enforcing the Federal Government Fiscal Policies despite all odds”.
The Command made a total of 30 seizures from January to June, 2021 with Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Seven Hundred and Forty Seven Million, Two Hundred and Two Thousand Naira (#747,202,000.00) only.
The Ag. Customs Area Controller, of the command, Deputy Compt. Enonche Ochiba said the unprecedented seizures were made as a result of the strategies put in place in terms of 24 hour patrol, surveillance, intelligence gathering and determination of operatives in making the waterways unbearable for smugglers.
He commends the officers/Men of the Command for achieving these feats, urge all and well meaning Nigerians to support the Command in providing information that will aid
Ag. Compt. Ochiba appreciates the CGC and his management team for the motivation and support given to the Command leading to seamless execution of it’s statutory responsibilities.
He enjoins lawabiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses in accordance with the laws of the land as the target is always on economic saboteurs/daredevil smugglers.
The Ag. Compt. in the statement also registers his deep heartfelt appreciation to the
Gentlemen of the press for their sustained determination towards disseminating
information relating to anti-smuggling drive of the Service and further dissuading
members of the public on the inherent dangers of smuggling on social and economic stability of Nigeria.
According to the statement, Ag. CAC Enonche Ochiba took over the mantle of leadership of WMC on the 5 July 2021 and that before his posting as Ag. CAC WMC; he was the Ag. CAC Bauchi/Gombe Area Command with Headquarters in Bauchi.
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