Customs: Getting Tougher On Smugglers, Clearing The Mess At The Seaports

By Stephen Ubanna Those  who think that the mass transfer of officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, from one Customs formation to another across the country by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and the Comptroller general, to sanitize the process of clearing goods and containing  the activities of smugglers at the seaports, airports and land border stations had  achieved its purpose may have to do a rethink. This is because , nothing appears to have changed  at the seaports or the land border areas as expected. Ali…

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Maina: The Mungono Set Up

By Stephen Ubanna For months that the Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, Pension Reform Fund, saga broke out in the country, Babagana Mungono a retired Major General and    National Security Adviser, NSA,  to President Muhammadu Buhari had never been mentioned in connection with it. He had been seen as one who is committed to his job allowing the likes of Mamman Lawal Daura , Director General,  State Security Service, SSS, Ibrahim Magu, acting  Chairman, Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, other Security Chiefs to  be visible in the Administration. But many…

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Revenue: Setting The Stage

By Stephen Ubanna In spite of the down turn in the nation’s economy which had translated into low volume of cargo traffic at the nation’s seaport, airport and the major land border stations, Apapa Customs Formation, which is the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, premier Command has set the stage for   the Service realization of the N900 billion revenue target set for it by the  Federal government this year. This is evident  going by the amount realized by the Command between January and October.  The Command , according to Musa Jibril,…

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Buhari Diversionary Tactics

By Stephen Ubanna President Muhammadu Buhari and his political handlers appear to have found an escape route with which to convince gullible Nigerians that the government has no hand in the secret recall and reinstatement with  promotion into the Ministry of Interior of  one of one of the country’s alleged most wanted  looters, Abdulrasheed Maina. he would want the people to believe  that the former President Goodluck Jonathan Administration was responsible for the Maina mess. Many believe that instead of the Buhari Administration accepting the blame for the political miscalculation,…

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Maina: Buhari Wields The Big Stick?

By Stephen Ubanna Aware of the bad image that the alleged  reinstatement of  Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of  the Presidential Task Force Team , PTFT, on Pension Reforms had brought to the All Progressive Congress , APC, led ,  government, President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s anti- Corruption tsar  ordered his immediate  disengagement from the Service, on October 23, 2017. An angry  Buhari in a memo to the Head of Service, HOS,Winifred Oyo-Ita, demanded a full report  of the circumstances  of Maina’s recall and posting to the ministry of Interior with promotion…

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PDP Political Gladiators At Work

  By Stephen Ubanna Ahead of the 2019 Presidential election there had been  new political realignment of political gladiators in the country. This is evident going by the consultations going on across the country. On Wednesday, October 18, 2017,, former President Goodluck Jonathan had visited Ibrahim Babangida, a retired army General and  former military President and elder statesman in his Hill top residence, Minna, Niger state to consult with him.Jonathan was said to have been accompanied in the visit by Nimi Barigha  Amange,  one of the Senators representing Bayelsa state…

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Hurricane Ali

By Stephen Ubanna When President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel as Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, with a mandate to restructure, reform and improve the Service revenue generation base, nobody gave him opportunity to succeed. This is because of the rot in the Service. Moreso, he was coming from a military background, quite different from the Customs  which has the responsibility to generate revenue  and enforce anti-smuggling operations in the country. Given his lack of knowledge of Customs operations and its internal politics, most Customs officials…

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Untold Story Of Arms Syndicate

By Stephen Ubanna The last may not have been heard about the Nigeria Arms syndicate based in Turkey who ship Arms to Nigeria. The syndicate , according to Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, investigation preside over the export of a haul of Pump Action rifles from Turkey to Nigeria  Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is still working round the clock to to get to the root of the matter using his military background. He had initiated a meeting with Hakan Cakil, the Turkish Ambassador…

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Untold Story of Arms Syndicate

By Stephen Ubanna The last may not have been heard about the Nigeria Arms syndicate in Turkey who preside over the export of Pump Action rifles to Nigeria. This is because the resheduled meeting  between Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller Genneral, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and Hakan Cakil, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria was eventually held at the Abuja Customs Headquarters on Tuesday, September 26, 2017It was a very stormy meeting as Ali  looked at the Turkish Ambassador eye-ball to eye-ball. Joseph Attah,  a Deputy Comptroller and the…

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Arms Seizure: Trouble Looms

President Muhammmadu Buhari silence over  Arms  export by a syndicate of Nigeria importers in Turkey to the country  creates the  fear of  a likely diplomatic war and trade embargo against the European nation By Stephen Ubanna Worried  by the activities of a Nigeria syndicate  overseeing the exports of Pump Action rifles     from Turkey to the country , Area Comptrollers and their men at the seaports, Airports and the land border stations appear to be on the red alert. The renewed alert on ant-smuggling operations is  at the instance of Hameed…

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