The Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, has approved the redeployment of Customs officers attached to the Tin Can 2 Area Command, Lilypond Terminal, Ijora, Lagos to other commands in Ogun, Lagos and Rivers State, effectively bringing the operation of the command to an end.
The Controller of the command, Comptroller Lami Wushishi, has also been redeployed to serve at the Onne Oil and Gas free Zone in Rivers State.
The action is coming four months after the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) converted the Lilypond Terminal to a truck park as part of effort aimed at addressing the perennial gridlock bedevilling Apapa port access roads in Lagos.
Ali, who gave the directive in a circular dated August 14, 2019 and signed by Acting Deputy Comptroller General of Customs, Human Resource Development, A.U Sanusi, a copy of which was sighted by SHIPS & PORTS, said the affected officers are to report immediately while their staff orders will follow in due course.
It was gathered that 30 officers of the moribund command were moved to Ogun Area Command while others have been redeployed to the Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos. .
The Customs offices at the terminal have also been occupied by security officials, NPA officials and truck operators.