By Shola Fadeyi
Sequel to the adoption of novel measures, the Western Marine Command (WMC) of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has seized illegal goods worth N747,202,000 in duty paid value(DPV), between January and June , 2021.
The novel measures adopted in achieving the feat, which was the highest seizure ever made in the history of the Command, within that period , were said to be 24hours patrol, capacity building, surveillance, intelligence gathering and the determination of the operatives in making the waterways unbearable for smugglers.
According to the Acting Controller of the Command, Deputy Comptroller Enonche Ochiba who confirmed the development while unfolding the seizures in Lagos , the feat was a strong indication that the operatives of the Command are combat-ready in policing and enforcing the Federal Government Fiscal Policies, despite all odds.
Consequently, the Acting Controller lauded the Customs Comptroller General (CGC) , Colonel Hameed Ali and his management team, for their support and motivation ,which made it possible for the Command, to easily achieve its statutory responsibility ,while he also commended the officers for their commitment.
Ochiba urged all stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians to continue to support the Command in the provision of information that will enhance its performance , while he also gave kudos to the media for its positive publicity for the Command, and admonished it to continue to sensitize the public on the dangers inherent in smuggling , particularly its negative impact on the society and the economy.
Deputy Comptroller Ochiba took over the mantle of leadership of WMC on July 5, 2021. Before his posting as Ag. Controller WMC, he was the Ag. CAC Bauchi/Gombe Area Command with Headquarters in Bauchi.