• Fri. May 24th, 2024

Comptroller Ejibunu Bids Farewell, Highlights Successes And Challenges At Customs Federal Operations Unit Zone A

In a poignant farewell press briefing, Comptroller EJIBUNU, the outgoing head of the Federal Operations Unit Zone A, reflected on his tenure since September 2021, detailing significant achievements and formidable challenges faced under his leadership. The event, held on April 19, 2024, marked the conclusion of a tenure characterized by rigorous anti-smuggling efforts and substantial revenue recovery.

During the briefing, Comptroller EJIBUNU expressed his deep gratitude towards the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, and his team for their support. He also acknowledged the bravery and dedication of his officers, noting the sacrifices made in the line of duty, including injuries sustained by eight officers and the tragic loss of five.

A significant reduction in smuggler attacks was a key highlight of his tenure, attributed to effective sensitization programs and strengthened relationships with local community leaders. The Comptroller specifically thanked notable traditional rulers such as the Onipokia of Ipokia Kingdom and the Alake of Egba Land for their support, which helped mitigate confrontations.

Under Comptroller EJIBUNU’s leadership, the unit recorded 3,189 seizures with a duty paid value amounting to approximately ₦35.9 billion. This figure includes substantial quantities of prohibited items such as 222,285 bags of foreign parboiled rice, over 1 million liters of premium motor spirit, and significant amounts of Indian hemp, among other contraband. The unit also arrested 386 suspects, with 22 convictions, reflecting a stringent enforcement regime.

Further enhancing the customs operations, the unit successfully recovered ₦2.25 billion through demand notices due to valuation and classification discrepancies. Comptroller EJIBUNU praised the compliant traders and the general public for their cooperation, which played a crucial role in the successful operations of the unit.

The media briefing served not only as a recap of his stewardship but also as an affirmation of the critical role the media plays in educating and informing the public about the efforts of the Nigeria Customs Service.

As Comptroller EJIBUNU steps down, his legacy encompasses both the fortitude in face of challenges and the strategic initiatives that fortified the unit’s effectiveness in curbing smuggling and enhancing Nigeria’s economic security.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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