By Chioma Iruke, The Sight News
ABUJA—Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has stated that it would no longer take lightly, mob attacks meted out to Customs officers on duty.
Speaking at a press conference marking this year’s International Customs Day, at the NCS headquarters, the Comptroller General of the service Col. Hameed Ali, urged traditional leaders of border communities to call their people to order, as the service would not hesitate to use force in dealing with offenders who employ services of mob actions on officers on duty.
According to him, “On the emerging dangerous trend of mob attacks against operatives on anti-smuggling duties, let me state here that the NCS will no longer treat lightly any attempt to attack its officials on duty.
“Parents, guardians and indeed traditional rulers of border communities are enjoined to advice and call their people to order as henceforth we will not hesitate to use appropriate force to deal decisively with this disturbing trend”.
The customs CG went further to state that the service within the last three years had undergone considerable shake-ups and other reform programs which had helped in building the service as it had recorded a high volume revenue source and a stricter enforcer of anti-smuggling laws.
Col. Ali who spoke extensively on revenue generated since he entered office in 2015 noted that the revenue generation had continued to increase due to the commitment of the service in improving the service as it had generated N4.042 trillion in the last four years.
Speaking on the target of 2019, the comptroller noted that the government always gives them a target of which they aim to surpass.
“Customs always has its own target. Government sets its own which is expected to be put in the government confine. The target is N887bn by the end of the year but the target of the service is way ahead of that but we don’t disclose it to the press”.
The press conference saw some officers and command comptrollers being awarded for their outstanding efforts in promoting the service. A total of eight officers, seven men and a woman were awarded alongside three commands and two units.
The 2019 international Customs Day, ICD, was themed “Smart border for Seamless Trade, Travel and Transport”.
Every 26th of January is dedicated by the World customs Organisation to draw the attention of the global community towards a particular aspect of Customs function.