A frontline licensed Customs agents and Chief Executive of Ogbese Marine Services Limited, Prince Segun Ologbose, has debunked the alleged in-fighting in some commands of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, over seized cargoes in Lagos.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos last week, Ologbose said that there was never a time when officers of the Nigeria Customs Service had issues over seized item adding that it could not be correct that customs chiefs in Lagos have been locked in horns over some seizures as it was claimed in some quarters.
Ologbese’s assertion is coming on the heels of insinuations in some quarters that officers and men of the NCS, especially those within Zone ‘A’, have been locked in a supremacy contest in the discharge of their statutory roles and responsibilities.
Ologbese explained that the Surveillance Team of the Federal Operation Unit, FOU, of the NCS on the directive of the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Aliyu Muhammed, has gone to Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command (MMIA) Lagos to effect a seizure of donkey skin said to worth 7.2 billion.
Ologbose explained that F.O.U is the overall enforcement unity of the NCS which can strike anywhere in Nigeria.
He said “The Customs Area Controller at the MMIA Customs Command, Comptroller Jane Shoboki, is a very experienced Customs officer who knows these facts and would not have raised any issue as being claimed in some quarters. I am sure she has not violated the rules of engagement. Otherwise, Customs Headquarters, Abuja would have directed that she should be arrested.’’