The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it generated N2.23 trillion revenue in 2021, exceeding the year’s target of N1.67 trillion.
Customs public relations officer, Mr. Joseph Attah, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja.
The revenue generated represents a 43.45 per cent rise over the N1.5 trillion collected in 2020.
The NCS said: “Nigeria Customs Service generated the sum of N2,240,880,308,195.77 for the year 2021.
“Amount generated is over the target of N1,678,715,016,014.00 set for the year.
“It is over the sum of N1,562,115,419,216.32 generated in 2020 representing 43.45 per cent increase.”
Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd) described it as a result of the resolute pursuit of what is right and willingness to adapt to change.
Attah said the service revenue generation profile has continued to be on the rise annually with the ongoing reforms in the Service.
He added that strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department was instrumental to the feat.
The NCS further noted that automation of the Customs process, thereby eliminating vices associated with the manual process, was accountable for it.
The NCS noted that robust stakeholder sensitisation resulting in more informed/voluntary compliance contributed to the huge collection.
He also attributed it to the increased disposition of officers and men to put national interest above self.
Attah said the Service efforts to prevent the entry of items that could compromise the security of citizens and resulted in the seizures of 5,096 assorted items with a duty paid value of N13,796,646,685.60.
He said 160 suspects were at different levels of investigation or prosecution.
The NCS said other landmark achievements in 2021 that are capable of boosting national security and economy are: “The installation of three brand new scanners in Apapa, Tin-Can Island and Onne Ports;
“Introduction of mobile tracker: a mobile application that enables individuals to remotely validate any declaration/payment and most importantly the status of any vehicle/cargo at any point. It can be installed on mobile devices;
“Introduction of Standard Operating Procedure for the use of Scanners;
“Acquisition of rugged, gun trucks to secure anti-smuggling operatives in an increasingly hostile environment;
“E-customs take-off process now at the stage of the final signing of the agreement.”
Six Internet Fraudsters Secure Conviction
The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, secured the conviction of six internet fraudsters on charges bordering on fraudulent impersonation.
Five of the convicts – Ahmed Oguneye Abiona, Owoade Kehinde Elijah, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobiloba, Usman Adams Shehu, and Waris Adegoke Adeyemo – were prosecuted before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Oshogbo, Osun State, while David Fatunla Taiwo (aka Jeff Wood), was prosecuted before Justice Babs Kuewunmi of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State
They pleaded guilty to their respective one-count charges and were convicted accordingly.
Abiona, Adeyemo and Shehu bagged four months each, Owoade three months, while Oriade was sentenced to five months imprisonment. Taiwo was slammed with twenty months imprisonment.
The court also ordered the defendants to restitute their victims.
Oriade is to restitute his victim the sum of $590USD (Five Hundred and Ninety United States Dollars). He was equally ordered to forfeit an iPhone XR, one Samsung S5 mobile phone and one Acer Laptop to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Ahmed is to restitute to one Michael Johnson the sum of $500USD (Five Hundred United States Dollars) and further forfeit the sum of Three Million, Thirteen Thousand, Seven Naira, Thirty-nine kobo (N3, 013,007.39) found in his United Bank of Africa Account, an iPhone 11 Pro Max mobile phone and one Toyota Camry car to the Federal Government of Nigeria, being proceeds of his crime.
Adeyemo was ordered to return the sum of $300USD (Three Hundred United States Dollars) to one Peter Decker and forfeit one iPhone 11 Pro Max to Federal Government of Nigeria.
Shehu is to restitute his victim the sum of $400USD (Four Hundred United States Dollars) and forfeit one Samsung Galaxy S8 to Federal Government of Nigeria.
Owoade was ordered to restitute his victim the sum of $300USD (Three Hundred United States Dollars) and forfeit an iPhone 6 mobile phone to Federal Government of Nigeria.
Taiwo was ordered to restitute his victim, one Joanne K. Thornhill, the sum of £450(Four and Hundred and Fifty Pounds) through the Federal government of Nigeria.
Three Bag Jail Terms For Internet Fraud In Lagos
The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, secured the conviction and sentencing of the trio of Raheem Sodiq Morenikeji, Adetunji Stephen Ademola and Okpala Samuel for internet fraud before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
The convicts were arrested sometime in May 2021 at the Sangotedo, Alagbado and Meiran areas of Lagos State, respectively.
Raheem was charged with an amended count in which he was accused of defrauding his victim through deception to the tune of $2,000 and another N54, 000 as a picker.
Under interrogation, he admitted to have purchased a Toyota Camry 2013 model in the name of his mother, which was recovered from him. An iPhone 7x was also recovered from him.
On his part, Ademola who was also charged with an amended one-count charge, following a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution, was accused of posing online as “Tina Moore” and “Jessica”, to defraud his victims to the tune of $2,000.
Upon arrest, an iPhone 11 Pro Max was recovered from him.
Okpala, who also approached the EFCC for a plea bargain, was charged with a one-count amended charge in which he was accused of posing on Facebook as Jane Michelle Gregor living in Texas, through which he professed love to one Roberto, who was actually living in Minnesota, United States.
He lured Roberto into a romantic relationship and was able to receive $600 from him purportedly for feeding and payment for school fees. An iPhone 11 and bontel phone were recovered from him upon arrest.
They all “pleaded guilty” to the charges, and also pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy.
Subsequently, Justice Solebo found the defendants guilty as charged and sentenced them to one year in prison.
While Raheem was given an option of N500,000 fine, Ademola got N1million option of fine, and Okpala was given an option of N400,000 fine.
In addition, they are all to sign a bond with the EFCC upon their release to be of good behaviour and not to engage in any form of economic and financial crime.
Raheem and Ademola were also ordered to serve 500 hours of community service, while Okpala got 400 hours.
They were also ordered to forfeit to the Federal Government all the items recovered from them.
EFCC Arraigns Businesswoman For Alleged N57.6m Dud Cheque In Lagos
The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, arraigned one Oluremi Philips before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
Philips, alongside her company, Omritas Energy Limited, is facing a five-count charge bordering on stealing and issuance of dud cheques to the tune of N57, 690,000.00
One of the counts reads: “Oluremi Ebun Philips and Omritas Energy Limited, sometime in 2016 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently converted and stole the sum of N57,690,000.00, property of AYM Shafa Limited meant for the supply of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), which you failed to supply.”
Another count reads: “Oluremi Ebun Philips and Omritas Energy Limited, on or about the 10th of April 2017 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, knowingly issued a Diamond Bank cheque for the sum of N14, 298,075.00 payable to AYM Shafa Limited, which when presented for payment was dishonoured because no sufficient funds were standing to the credit of the account.”
She pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
In view of her plea, the prosecuting counsel, T.J. Banjo, prayed to the Court for a trial date and the remand of the defendant.
Defence counsel, Akin Olatunji, however, informed the Court of the bail application of the defendant, which he said had also been filed and served on the prosecution.
Responding, Banjo confirmed receipt, noting that, “we intend to react to same and to file a counter-affidavit”.
Thereafter, Justice Solebo adjourned till February 14 and 15, 2022 for “trial and ruling on the bail application”.
The defendant was also ordered to be remanded at the Correctional Centre till the next adjourned date.
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