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Customs Kicks Over Media Report On Alleged Negligence Of Duty During EndSARS Crisis

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos


The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has expressed dissatisfaction over a report by a national dailythat its operatives vacated the Seme-Badagry road for fear of being attacked by hoodlums and EndSARS protesters, thereby creating free access for smugglers to perpetrate their unpatriotic act.
It described the report as malicious, while querying the intention of the writer of the story.
Asserting clearly that the allegation is untrue and unfounded, the command stated that its officers were not only in their various duty posts, but were reinvigorated in their anti-smuggling operations. 

In a release by the public relations officer Hussain Abdulahi on behalf of the Area Controller, the command disclosed that396X50KG of foreign parboiled rice, 152X25 Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit and 6X25Litres of Vegetable Oil were seized during the period of the violence.
It added  seven units of smuggled vehicles were intercepted during the period, noting thatthe seized items have a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth millions Naira.
The release reads, ” The attention of Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a misrepresentation of facts published in page one of Maritime Report, Vanguard  Newspaper publication of  Wednesday, 28th October, 2020.
 However, the motive of the writer to orchestrate such malicious report on a reputable newspaper known for upholding professionalism and ethics remains unknown.   
The statement alleged that officers of Nigeria Customs Service Seme Area Command and other Security agencies vacated Seme-Badagry road for fear of being attacked by Hoodlums and #EndSARS protesters, thereby creating free access for smugglers to perpetrate their unpatriotic act.
The Command wishes to state clearly that, the allegation is untrue and unfounded as officers were not only in their various duty posts, but were reinvigorated in their anti-smuggling operations. 
This translated into the seizures of the following items from 12th October to date, which falls within the period of #EndSARS protest:
* 396X50KG of foreign parboiled rice
*152X25 Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit
* 6X25Litres of Vegetable Oil
7 units of smuggled vehicles were interceptedThe above mentioned seized items have a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth millions Naira
It is on this premise that the Command  appeals to members of the  public to disregard this misinformed publication that was built based on fallacy and may affect the morale of officers who day and night risk their lives to protect our borders. 
To this end, the Command will continue to enforce Federal Government fiscal policies, provide professional and quality service that will enhance development of the Country at large”.

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