The acting CAC of the WMC of the NCS, DC Enenche Ochiba at the press briefing.
Story by Dili Utomi.
One of the anti-smuggling units of the Nigeria Customs Service is the amphibious arm of the Service and the Western Marine Command with its operational base at Ibafo, Apapa, Lagos takes charge of the Marine environment. Over the years, this Command has been patroling the Atlantic Ocean waters by the South Western coast of the Nigerian nation for as long as many decades and in spite of the operational challenges they go through, the good results of their hard work are there for verification by anyone.
The CAC showing pressmen round the seized kegs of petrol.
The stock of the Command is even soaring higher as the new helmsman at the Command, Deputy Controller Enonche Ochiba has been harnessing the resources at his disposal to deal the very serious blow to smugglers and illegal traders alike since his resumption at the Command on the 2nd of July this year.
The record of their performance for this year shows that they achieved over 100% in terms of seized items as the Command has from January till date made several seizures with a “Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Two Billion, Two Hundred and Fifteen Million, One Hundred and Eighty Thousand, Seventy hree Naira and Four Kobo(#2, 215,180,073.40) only as againstthe Total DPV of One Billion, One Hundred and Four Million, Six Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy Naira(#1,104,647,370.00) in the Year2020 representing over 100% increase. The record of seizure for the year 2021 is the total of seizures from 2017 to 2020 for the Command”.
The kegs of seized petroleum.
On the 5th of December, the patrol team was also able to trail some smugglers and
intercepted large quantity of PMS in Kegs at Ashipa Beach along Seme Coastal Border area, but the smugglers on sighting the team ran away, but left behind Eight Hundred and Sixty Five (865) Kegs of 25litres each of PMS given a total of 21,625 litres. The total value of the seizure is Three Million Six Hundred and Thirty Three Thousand Naira (N3, 633,000.00) only.
CAC Ochiba making a point as he shows pressmen round.
The above are not part of the early seizures for the year which included illicit drugs such as Heroine and Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) and others such as Rice, Expired Drugs, Used Shoes, Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and others with Seven (7) suspects arrested in connection with the
seized hard drugs which were handed over to the NDLEA for possible prosecution.
CAC Ochiba has continued to appeal to the media and the general poblic for continuous collaboration in the fight against illicit trade and actions that are anti trade. He buttressed the point of the government’s intention to facilitate trade in order to shore up the generated revenue as he thanked all sister agencies with a special kudos to the Controller General of Customs for his untiring support and advice.
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