By Gboyega Oni
The Tincan Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has been praised by the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) over the seizure of 1100 riffles by its officers.
Mr. Increase Uche, National President of NAGAFF, gave the commendation in a letter addressed to the Controller of the Command, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar.
Uche attributed the feat to the great courage, alertness and patriotism displayed by the officers to resist temptations that came with the transactions of the riffles.
Uche said “We write to congratulate you and your officers in the TinCan Island Command and indeed the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service on the recent Interdiction, by eagle-eyed officers working under you, of about One Thousand One hundred Rifles alleged to have been illegally imported into the country. The Interdiction was by no means a small feat as the magnitude of the haul showed that it required great courage, alertness and patriotism to resist temptations that may come with such transactions.
“Our congratulation is also in recognition of the accomplishments of your Command in recent time, against the background of the fact that for the period under review, your Command has lived up to expectations on matters of revenue and Interdiction of imports relating to untrue declaration for Customs purposes.
“It is very delightful to know that this type of dedication to duty is being replicated in the various Commands of the Nigeria Customs Service across the country and in particular Apapa Command, Federal Operations Ikeja and Owerri in line with the new mindset being spearheaded by the National Headquarters of the Service, with the CGC, Col. Hammed Ali in command.
“One would readily recall the Interdiction by officers of the Customs, of about 661 and 440 rifles illegally imported into the country some months ago. This has shown that the former Interdiction is no fluke and that this has become the trademark of the new Customs to respond to challenges.
“We, at NAGAFF, are particularly happy and appreciative that these recent accomplishments by the Nigeria Customs have vindicated us as we have always maintained that the Nigeria Customs Service has what it takes to perform its statutory functions of being the first officers for the government to check unwanted goods into the Nigerian society. Without doubt, the proliferation of arms has become a major concern to Nigerians and a serious threat to National Security.
“With the new attitude of the Customs, it is not farfetched to come to the realization that the country may be on its way to stopping Arms and ammunition from getting into wrong hands i.e. non-State actors, thereby reducing crime rates in our country.”