Medlog, Sapid Container Flying Saga: Ejibunu Absolves His Men Of Complicity

Medlog, Sapid Container Flying Saga: Ejibunu Absolves His Men Of Complicity
FOU Zone A Controller, DC Ejibunu

Further findings on the Medlog Transport and Logistics Services Limited and Sapid Bonded Terminal’s alleged  involvement in flying of containers at Abule Oshu Jetty Satellite Town,Lagos revealed that the Customs officer said to be Deputy Comptroller Abdullahi and allegedly worked at Federal  Operations Unit(FOU) Zone “A’ as Director Operation may have been a mistaken identity.

The Acting Controller, FOU Zone “A’ Deputy Comptroller Hussein Ejibunu told MMS Plus that there was nobody by that name and designation.  He said the command operates as Officer in Charge(O/C) Roving not “Director of Operation” as such job description is only obtainable at Commands not smuggling suppression formations like FOUs.

He added that the O/C Roving in his command bears the rank of  Assistant Comptroller, adding that the officer who had stayed within the period of this alleged deal had since retired in January 2023.

He said his men could not been involved in that mess without his knowledge and if anybody finds them in such compromise his office is open for complaints and necessary action, while asserting that the Customs laws empowers FOU officers to enforce compliance 40 metres away from the border  posts or ports.

He said their interventions have helped in intercepting huge cache of arms in containers recently along Mile 2 road.

 Meanwhile, the Command said on last week that it intercepted 218,575 litres of premium Motor Spirit (PMS) alongside other sundry seizures.

 Deputy Comptroller Hussein  Ejibunu while addressing a Mid-Year press conference at the Ikeja Lagos office said that for the period under review, the unit made 580 seizures with a duty-paid value of N4,022,960,075.

He said the unit also arrested 60 suspects and recovered a total of N400,599,515.66 as revenue through the issuance of demand notices.

Notable among other seizures made by the command includes;
14,015 (7,728) parcels of Indian Hemp, 1,064 bales of used clothing
450 x 106 kg drums of carbide, 2 x 20 containers of unprocessed wood.

Others are; 1,448 pieces of foreign rugs, 30 units of used motorcycles, 44 units of used vehicles (Tokunbo), 218,575 litres of premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 860 cartons of foreign poultry products and 833 pieces of used tyres.

Speaking, Ejibunu said “We wish to express our profound gratitude to sister security agencies for their unflinching synergy in the course of our operations; special mention to the Department of State Security Services- Oyo State Command for the arrest of a notorious suspect that was on the wanted list for attack on a Customs patrol team escorting exhibits. Interestingly, this suspect was arrested and handed over the Unit yesterday.

“Through the federal high courts, 11 suspects were convicted for committing offences of improper importation, assault of Customs officers, being in possession of foreign parboiled rice and for being in possession of Pangolin scales meant for export. While some other smuggling and related cases instituted in the courts are at various stages of prosecution and would be followed up diligently.

“Prominent among the seizures is rice which amounts to 36,742 X 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice equivalent to 62 trailer loads. Some of them were ferried through bush paths using motorcycles and rickety vehicles as means of conveyance.

“Let me reiterate that for the second half of 2023, our onslaught against smugglers will be fiercer with a renewed determination to uncover them using intelligence-backed enforcement. We shall get recalcitrant traders and their agents arrested and prosecuted in addition to seizing their wares.

“At this point, members of the trading community are advised to further embrace compliance and shun any act that would place them on the wrong side of the law. We advise them to keep themselves abreast of the import and export prohibition lists because claims of ignorance will not suffice as an excuse whenever they are caught”

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