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Customs Reviews Enforcement Strategies, Outlaws Hooding 

... As Hamisu, Mohammed, Okun, Others Appointed Into Customs Mgmt

Çommandant of the Command and Staff College, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, ACG A. Hamisu and Coordinator Lagos Zone, ACG Fedtus Okun and ACG MBA Musa made the list of appointment into the NCS new management team as Deputy Comptroller Generals, DCG.
President Bola Ahmad Tinubu GCFR also approved the appointment of the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller SM Mohammed, Comptroller K. Olumoh, and Comptroller Alajogun as Assistant Comptroller Generals, ACGs.
The development followed the appointment of DCG Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR as the Ag. Comptroller General of Customs, CGC, and the subsequent retirement of three DCGs, in line with the extant laws.
A statement by the Customs National Public Relations Officer, CPRO, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, reads:
“Following the appointment of the Acting Comptroller General of Customs
Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR on 19 June 2023 and the retirement of some
management members in the Service, the Commander in Chief of the Armed
Forces, Federal Republic Nigeria, President Bola Ahmad Tinubu GCFR has
approved the appointment of the following Deputy Comptroller General, DCGs, and  Assistant Comptroller Generals, ACGs.
“While thanking the retired members of the management for their meritorious
service, the Acting Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale
Adeniyi MFR congratulated the newly appointed Officers and charged them to
redouble their efforts to ensure the Service achieves greater heights in its
mandates of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling and trade facilitation.”
Meanwhile, the CGC has directed the immediate stoppage of officers of the service engaged in operation from being hooded, even as he warned against unwarranted shooting.
According to the CPRO, the Customs boss provided the new direction during a sensitization meeting with customs area controllers, held Thursday and Friday last week.
“Your Uniform is your Uniform and that is what you must wear; if you are in a difficult terrain, you put on the combat, you must not cover your face with glasses or tie your head with a turban, your Uniform must also have a name tag”, the customs helmsman charged his officers.
In a statement by the service NPRO, the new directive is sequel to the review of enforcement strategy aimed at improving operational standard and strengthening professional and ethical conduct.
While admonishing his officers and men to be tactical with the use of firearms while dealing with civilian populace, he said, “the use of firearms could only be applied in extreme circumstances that require self-defence.
“We must not, in any circumstance, use firearms – except we have an absolute necessity for using it. The citizens of this country are there for us to protect.”
He said that whereas the Customs  New Act has granted enormous powers to the Service to carry out sanctions to discourage criminals, he noted “but then, there are a lot of limitations and obligations that require us to exercise good strategies in implementing those powers.
“We need to create a better environment for trade facilitation and more friendly business and port environments.”
Maiwada said the CGC  revealed above at a meeting with Patrol Heads of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, as he  rounded off his your of some Area commands and formations in Zone ‘A’.
“One of the steps taken to effect change is the withdrawal of the operations of the CGC Strike Force Team to strengthen the Federal Operations Unit”, he quoted the CGC as saying, adding:
“This is what many of us met when we joined the Service. It means that the major enforcement arm of the Service is now Federal Operations, so you will be held responsible for whatever happens around your jurisdiction.”
“You no longer have any other structure, of course, the Border drills are completely different. But within the Service, you are the number one Enforcement Agency and it is a huge responsibility given to you. I want to believe that you are up to the responsibility.
“We were doing it before, so let me say that if there are any of these structures placed above you or under you that are making seizures, they are not doing anything new because it is what you have been used to doing and it is what we are challenging you to do.”
The CGC also hinted on the reorganization and administration of checkpoints by the service.
 “This will also mean that the checkpoints will be reviewed and reduced because there are so many expectations from the Service in line with global standards.
“What are those things that we can do differently? Which Agency or which Unit can we collaborate with? Can we work with the border Commands, those that are resident commands and mount a stronger position against smuggling?
“What strength can we draw from synergy from other agencies of government? How can we make better use of intelligence in our operations? How do we cultivate them? How do we ensure that they serve our purpose and not the purpose of criminals? How can we integrate some little technological tools into our operations?”, he challenged his enforcement chiefs and officers.
Similarly, he charged personnel to be more professional and without compromising national security in the discharge of their duties.
Lastly, the CGC warned that operational vehicles must be appropriately marked and positioned at the assigned patrol points.
“Wherever your checkpoint is, your vehicle must be properly marked Federal Operations Unit; if your vehicle is not there nor marked, it is a violation of law.”

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