Containers Allegedly Exempted from Examination are Non-Existent –Comptroller Edike, Apapa Customs Boss
The containers recently reported to have been exempted from the mandatory Customs examination at Apapa Ports on the orders of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde do not exist.
This finding was contained in a rejoinder made by the Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service refuting unverified claims making rounds in the media.
In the statement, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Charles Eporwei Edike condemned as malicious and misleading the story that the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde had issued illegal directives to his officers restricting them from examining some containers and imports.
Eporwei Charles Edike, CAC Apapa Command, Nigeria Customs Service
Referring to an article titled “Don’t Inspect Some Containers, CG Customs Directs Officials” published by www.pointblanknews.com on Tuesday July 14, 2015, the statement indicated although that the MAERSK Calabar/CMA-CGM vessel with voyage number 8M120E berthed at the APM Terminal Apapa on Friday May 15, 2015 with 473 containers, none of the containers bore the alleged bill of laden numbers.
“The Containers quoted by the publication with Bill Laden Nos. DEMO121817, DEMO121765, DRUN004554, DPPC101939 and QDGY004478 never arrived APM Terminal Apapa port on board MAERSK Calabar/CMA-CGM vessel as buttressed by the ship manifest”, the CAC revealed adding that that the second vessel Grande Cotonou also mentioned in the report never berthed in Apapa.
Emphasizing that no cargo is treated as a sacred cow, Comptroller Edike explained that in accordance with the laid down procedure for clearing containers/ imports, they had subjected the consignments to 100% Physical Examination and Scanning as triggered by the ASYCUDA Risk mechanism.
He dismissed contrary misleading claims as “a deliberate attempt sponsored by some persons to sabotage the good and innovative transformations being witnessed by the Service under the present leadership.”
Edike also reiterated that the commitment of Nigeria Customs Service and its Apapa Command to strictly adhering to all Federal Government directives on imports and contrabands.
He went on to urge the media to ensure professionalism by verifying claims brought to its table while also demanding that the publisher(s) of www.pointblank.com correct the inaccurate notion reflected in the alleged report.
Posted on : July 24, 2015