By Stephen Ubanna
The Value News learnt that since the Customs boss came out with the policy Statement, Abdullahi Musa, Comptroller Tin-can Island Command and the Command Compliance Unit, Headed by Mahmud Ibrahim, an Assistant Comptroller had cue into the policy to ensure that no Container load of Pharmaceutical product imported through the port were cleared outside the port. Ibrahim and his officers , according to sources, are not giving anything to chance as they have been on the neck of importers and agents to ensure total compliance to the Comptroller General’s order on clearing of Pharmaceutical products at the ports only.
Recall that last month, a Container load of tramadol was discovered at the port during examination which was said to have been handed over to the Command Enforcement Unit Headed by Dera Nnadi, a Deputy Comptroller for keeps. Many believe that since the deployment of Ibrahim, the Customs Assistant Comptroller, to the Command Compliance Unit, there have been a significant improvement in Compliance to government fiscal policies by importers with their agents at the port. This is because of the Customs Headquarters insistence on 100 percent examinations of imported cargoes because of the state of scanning machines at the ports. Note that many of the scanners had broken down over the years , awaiting repairs.
An elated Musa, the Area Comptroller
The value News informant at the port disclosed that if not for the constant intervention at the port by the Headquarters Strike Force under the close watch of Abdullahi Kirawa, a Deputy Comptroller and the National Coordinator by participating in examination, the fraud at the port would have been much as the importers with their agents are ready to buy their way to take delivery of their cargoes.
The fallout was that the resident officers had connived with the agents to fight for the withdrawal of the adhoc team from the sea ports and roads on the excuse that that they are delaying the clearance of goods at the ports.
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