We Can Search Any Building, Detain Smugglers – Customs Reiterates Extent Of Its Power

Date: 07-12-2022 8:56 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said its officers have the power to search any building for any smuggled products.

It was reported that there have been controversies on whether or not customs officers have the right to storm any building in search of contrabands.

Many have argued that operations of the NCS officials should be done at the border posts only instead of chasing smugglers into the busy roads.

But, the Controller of Customs in Ogun 1 Area Command, Bamidele Makinde, made it known that the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) empowers the NCS to search premises, vehicles, planes, to arrest, detain and enforce the law like the police.

Makinde revealed that the command had been conducting its anti-smuggling activities through surveillance, patrol duties and the deployment of personnel to man all the approved border stations.

According to him, the seizures usually made by the command were made possible through adequate use of intelligence to aid operations.

These, he said, were done in accordance with the sections of the Customs and Excise Management Act.

Citing various sections of the Act, Makinde hinted that, “Section 147 of CEMA Cap C45 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, empowers Customs operatives to search premises suspected to have been used to conceal or store smuggled, prohibited, restricted or dutiable goods.”

He quoted Section 148 as one that empowers NCS officers to search licensed premises; Section 150 as the one that gives power to search persons; and Section 158 as the part that empowers officers of the NCS to patrol freely.

Speaking further, the Controller cited Section 167 as giving power to detain and make seizure, adding that Section 149 gives power to search vehicles and aircrafts.

He explained that Section 8 gives Customs Officers the same power as the Police with regards to enforcement duties.

To wage war against smuggling in different parts of Ogun State, he disclosed that NCS operatives have been in the creeks, border lines, approved and unapproved routes to make seizures worth over four billion Naira in 2022.

While appreciating “the continuous support” of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), his management team as well as officers and men, Makinde commended those he called critical stakeholders in the anti-smuggling struggle.

They include the traditional rulers, community leaders, the press and other security agencies “who are showing concern and are collaborating with the service.”


Posted: at 7-12-2022 08:56 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- Jiiitk4 at 7-12-2022 09:24 PM (1 month ago)
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Northerners who were in defunct ENDSARS are now operating in many other agencies. You can see them in EFCC, CUSTOMS, NDLEA,
Posted: at 7-12-2022 09:24 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- gogoman at 7-12-2022 10:59 PM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: Jiiitk4 on  7-12-2022 09:24 PM
Northerners who were in defunct ENDSARS are now operating in many other agencies. You can see them in EFCC, CUSTOMS, NDLEA,


Now cry cry about it!!  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 7-12-2022 10:59 PM (1 month ago) | Grande Master
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- Baye77 at 8-12-2022 06:48 AM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: Jiiitk4 on  7-12-2022 09:24 PM
Northerners who were in defunct ENDSARS are now operating in many other agencies. You can see them in EFCC, CUSTOMS, NDLEA,
Exactly what has tribalism and bigotry got to do with customs doing their work again?? Mate, try to dey take panadol and get some sleep, no go use hatred for the north and anything that's not ndigbo kill yourself.
Posted: at 8-12-2022 06:48 AM (1 month ago) | Hero
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