Senate Bombs Buhari, Obasanjo, Others

By Stephen Ubana The Conflict between Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and the Senate over wearing of  Customs uniform may have prompted the Hope Uzodinma led Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff to initiate investigation into the alleged remittance of N4 tr into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the government  between 2006 and 2016 by the NCS and how the money was spent . Many see the Senate Committee plan as a probe of  Aliyu Mustapha,   Buba Gyang,  Abdullahi Dikko and now…

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More Wives, More Misery – Ray Ekpu

Ray Ekpu

By Ray Ekpu On the last International Women’s  Day, Nigerian Senators bared their minds on the issue of women in Nigeria. The views of two Senators caught my attention: Remi Tinubu and Senate Leader Ali Ndume. Mrs Tinubu, former First Lady of Lagos State, and now second term senator, urged men not only to befriend women but also to marry them. This is a reasonable advice from someone who is married. But the implicit assumption here is that all men and, indeed, all women would want to get married. It…

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Suicide: Why Third Mainland Bridge?

By Tayo Demola I was really astonished to hear the news of the medical doctor who went all the way to the third mainland bridge right here in Lagos and killed himself! He actually committed suicide in the most cruel way. He was actually cruel to himself, to his family and infact he was very cruel to Nigeria as a nation. So this man was so depressed to the extent that he left church on that fateful day and headed for the island but when he got to third mainland…

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Fayose cautions police over handling of Ife crisis

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has cautioned the police over the handling of its investigation on the recent crisis in Ile-Ife, Osun State that led to the death of more than 40 people, saying “it appears that the police has so far demonstrated ethnic bias in its investigation and this is not good for the unity of Nigeria and its people.” The governor, who condemned the killing of innocent people and destruction of properties in Ile-Ife, said; “whether committed by Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa or any tribe, crime is crime…

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How Buhari is Undermining The Senate

By Stephen Ubanna The battle  line appears to have been drawn  between the Executive  and the Legislature over the undermining  attitude of President Muhammadu Buhari Political  appointees towards the Lawmakers. The undermining attitude of  Buhari appointees to the Legislature as exhibited by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and Lawal Babachair, Secretary to the Federal government shows how Buhari is undermining the Senate. The duo at different times have flouted invitation sent to them by the Senate. Ali’s controversial decision to disregard   the invitation…

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HOW FIDELITY BANK COLLABORATE WITH 419NERS TO DUPE CUSTOMERS

BY SHEDRACK IFURUEZE `Facts have emerged on how Fidelity Bank, a new generation bank in Nigeria has encouraged its customers to engage in what some customers call monkey business. In one of its slogans in order to entice customers, Fidelity bank plc told stakeholders of the bank who care to know that the bank keep its word in the world of business. Recession or no recession.To economy watchers and the innocent customers of the bank, the slogan has been a major source of attraction in doing business. Beyond the deceptive…

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Senate Probes Saraki Over SUV Imports

By Stephen Ubanna The trouble between Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS and the Senate has taken a new dimension as the upper Chamber  moves  to probe  Bukola  Saraki, the Senate President  linked with the imports of a N298 million bullet proof SUV vehicle seized by  the `Customs. The  Senators are not happy at the news making the rounds that Saraki had imported an SUV bullet proof vehicle which was impounded by the   Customs at the instance of Ali, the Customs boss. The Lawmakers…

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How Ali Was stopped By Senate

By Stephen Ubanna More facts have emerged  why Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, was stopped by the Senate in his desperate moves to shore  up the revenue generation of of the Service. This has to do with  the introduction of duty payment on all  imported vehicles through the land borders on Nigeria roads irrespective of the age  and refusal to wear the Customs uniform. The  Customs’ vehicle duty payment   policy and Ali’s refusal to wear the Customs’ uniform was believed to have overheated…

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Clearing With Tears

By  Stephen Ubanna For  years , clearing agents at the nation’s ports and terminals including the land border stations operated as if the Customs and Excise Management Act, CEMA,  does not matter. Many of them , with the active connivance of Customs personnel  shortchanged the government through false declaration, transfer of values and under payment. The situation was so bad in the ports and terminals under the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Zone 2 Lagos.The fallout was the establishment of a roving  team by  the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A,…

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Seme Optimistic of Improved Revenue

By Stephen Ubanna Victor Dimka, Comptroller, Seme Command has mobilised his officers and men  to intensify efforts to improve its revenue generation  in the months ahead. Dimka took the measure because of the  ban on importation of vehicles  through the land border which has evidently affected the January and February revenue  generation of the Command. He do not want the revenue drop of the Command to continue in  the  months ahead. It is not surprising why he has to mobilise  officers and men of the Command to put on their…

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NCS Arms Seizure: DSS Takes Over Investigation

By Stephen Ubanna For much of February,2017,  Mamman Daura, Director General, Department of State Security Service, DSSS,  expected to  hear from   Hammed  Ali, a retired Colonel  and Comptroller General,  Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,. This is because of the Mack truck carrying a ”40” Container stocked  with 661 pieces of  paramilitary guns seized by Officers and Men of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU,Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos roving team along mile 2 -Apapa. Daura was interested on the arms seizure and the suspects who were in Customs Custody at the FOU, zone…

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Wabba slams Customs over order on vehicle duties

By Joan Nwagwu Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Sunday in Abuja opposed the new directive by the Nigerian Customs Service, asking Nigerians to verify whether duties have been paid on their vehicles and pay if not already done. Wabba, in a letter to the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, said that the directive was unrealistic. The directive, which was published by Mr Joseph Attah, acting Public Relations Officer on behalf of the Comptroller-General asked motor dealers and private owners of vehicles “whose customs…

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Four children drown in Abuja

By Monday Ijeh Four children – Jinkai Hakila, 10, Bridget Ibrahim, 11, Precious Ezra, 14 and Azumi Daniel, 16, were on Saturday found drowned in Danko River, Galadimawa Community, FCT suburb. A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited the community, reports that residents were thrown into mourning following the ugly incident. The four deceased and other children were at the river for washing before the incident occurred. Some eye witnesses told NAN that the incident happened at about 11 a.m. when the children were still washing…

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Biafra has no future – France

France , a former friend of Biafra in the 1967 secession bid, has ruled out any support for the secession of any part of the country, particularly Biafra. France’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, told The Guardian, that his country would not in anyway work with any group agitating for the dismemberment of the nation. He said France was working with Nigeria and supporting it as a country. Speaking against the backdrop of France’s previous support for Biafra during Nigeria’s civil war, Gauer pointed out that Nigeria has evolved since…

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Ghosts chase Brazil’s president

Brazil’s President Michel Temer blames bad vibes and even ghosts for driving him from his sumptuous official residence in the capital Brasilia. A Brazilian news weekly reported, Temer surprised Brazilian politics watchers this week with the revelation that he has decamped from the Alvorada Palace. He moved with his former beauty queen wife and their seven-year-old son down the road to the smaller vice presidential residence. The modernist Alvorada, which means Dawn and was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, would be a dream home for many. It has a…

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Police Recruitment: PSC to Consider Candidates on Reserve List

The Police Service Commission wishes to inform applicants into the Nigeria Police Force who were placed on the Reserve list after the completion of the selection exercise in December 2016 that their recruitment is still being considered. Similarly candidates in the Specialists Cadre scheduled for interview before their final selection, will be invited for interview at the appropriate time. This clarification is coming in the wake of the fact that the 2016 successful candidates are already in various Police training schools. The applicants on the Reserve list will be considered…

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Arms Seizure: Unending Investigation

By Stephen Ubanna Barely about two months after the seizure of the undocumented truck carrying a ”40” Container of arms concealed with steel doors, the Federal Government appears to be in a dilema what to do with the arms.The dilema is informed by the continued detention of the Truck and the Container at the premises of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Federal Operations Unit, zone A, Ikeja, Lagos without signs of plan to take it to the appropriate agency of government. Given the synergy between the NCS and other Security…

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Dangote Foundation commits N200m for Kano Specialist Hospital rehabilitation

The Foundation handed over to the hospital management a renovated maternity ward, two ultra-modern maternity laboratories, upgraded water supply system Eclampsia ward, theatre and improved sanitary environment befitting of a specialist hospital To complement its N7 billion Surgical and Diagnostic Centre (SDC) currently under construction, the Dangote Foundation (www.Dangote.com) has concluded the renovations of some sections of the Murtala Muhammed Specialists’ Hospital, Kano which gulped over N200 million. The 900 bed capacity hospital, reputed for highest number of in-patients in sub-Saharan Africa has been lacking facilities that may detract from…

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