Arms Importation: Buhari Meets Turkish Leader

By Bayo Bernard High level diplomatic talks are currently on going between the Nigerian government and its Turkish counterpart. The meeting taking place in Ankra, the Turkish capital, the magazine learnt was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari had arrived Turkey, yesterday October 18 where he was expected to take part in the 9th summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) tomorrow.. The relations between the two friendly nations have recently been challenged by incessant importation of dangerous arms into the country. Four times within the last eight months…

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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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FOU : More Troubles For Comptrollers

By Stephen Ubanna Abudulaziz Yahaya,  Usman, Superintendent , Narcotics and officer- in -charge of the Strike Force, Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Lagos state and other senior officials of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration  Commission, NAFDAC and Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, took a time out o be at the the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. They were at the Command on the invitation of Mohammed UbA, the Comptroller . At the Customs premises the officials…

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N3.2 Billion Fraud: ANLCA Begs Jukwe

By Bayo Bernard President Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent, ANLCA Prince Olayiwola Shittu may have been embarrassed by the association’s sudden changed of gear over allegation of mismanagement of the Council funds against Registar and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, CRFFN, Sir Mike Jukwe. ANLCA had in August this year accused Jukwe of mismanaging over N3 billion belonging to the council. The spokesman of ANLCA, Kayode Farinto raised the allegation while addressing journalists on the directive by the Minister of…

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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 Importation: DSS On Trail of Importer

By Bayo Bernard A week after the Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali challenged the Department of State Services, DSS to disclosed identity of those behind recent importation of arms into the country, Nigerians wait endlessly for response from the nation’s secret police. The DSS, has however launched a manhunt for the importer, sources from DSS headquarters in Abuja informed the magazine. The customs boss had passed the buck of disclosing identities of arms importers in the country, to the DSS and other security agencies at…

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Arms Haul: Customs Strengthens Enforcement Units

By Bayo Bernard   The seizure of 1,100 pump action rifles at the Tin can Island Port, Lagos is an indication that it’s no longer business as usual with men and officers of the Nigerian Customs Service of the Command particularly, since assumption of office of the no nonsense Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali (rtd). The command has been up and doing since Bashar Yusuf became the Area Customs Controller of the command sometimes last year. His deployment to the command has witnessed the interception and…

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Refinery: IheanachoTakes Big Risk

By Bayo Bernard   Big player in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas sector Integrated Oil and Gas Limited has rolled out plans for the construction of a 20,000 bpd crude oil refinery in Tomaro Island, Lagos, which experts say will help the federal  government quests  to exit from the comity of fuel importing nations.  The Eko Petrochem and Refining Company Limited is a subsidiary of Genesis/ IOG Group, owned by shipping magnate and former minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho. When completed the project is expected to reduce Nigeria’s dependence on…

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Apapa: Iheanacho Calls FG To Action

By Bayo Bernard On the heels of recent intervention by Dagote Group on roads leading to Nigeria’s major seaports in Lagos former Minister of Internal Affairs, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho has appealed to the federal government to make huge investments in intermodal transport system as a way of solving the perennial traffic gridlock experienced by Nigerians plying businesses around and inside the Lagos ports area, due to infrastructure deficit and facility collapse. The former governorship candidate in Imo state said the current administration must immediately empower a task force to address…

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CVFF: NIMASA Fails Ship Owners Again

By Bayo Bernard For a record time the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has dashed the hopes of ship owners and operators earnestly expecting the disbursement of Cabotage Vessel Finance Fund, CVFF.  The Fund set up to assist indigenous ship operators in the country has climbed to over $100 million in the last few years and currently warehoused with the Central Bank of Nigeria. In spite of the steady rise in the  multi-0million dollar funds, disclosure by the agency Director General, Dakuku Peterside that it cannot be assessed…

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Maritime Leaders Fete At NIMPORT 2017

By Bayo Bernard Staunch stakeholders in the maritime sector of Nigerian economy will gather between August 22 and 24 at the Oriental Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos for the annual international conference and exhibition of the Nigerian International Maritime Ports and Terminals (NIMPORT) conference. Chairman of NIMPORT, Fortune Idu, in a press statement disclosed that the theme of this year’s conference is “Improving Connectivity,Enhancing Trade” and it is aimed at “bringing together all maritime industry leaders to network and discuss on pressing issues relating to global maritime trade,port and logistic development…

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ANLCA Exposes N3.2B Fraud in CRFFN

By Bayo Bernard Registrar and chief executive officer of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, Sir Mike Jukwe will be shocked over latest revelation of allege gross mismanagement of funds belonging to the Council. A group, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA has alleged that the council under the watchful eyes of the council boss mismanage over N3 billion, being funds allocated to the CRFFN by the federal government in the last two years. The Association has therefore demanded a probe of the finances…

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Seizures: Agents Storm FOU

By Stephen Ubanna Worried at the rate which Federal Operation Unit, FOU, Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service impound Containerized cargoes and trucks released from the ports, Bonded terminals and land border stations  in Lagos and Ogun states, officials of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF,  last Wednesday, August 2, were at the  Command  to rub minds with Mohammed Garba, the Comptroller to seek for a soft landing. The NAGAFF team was led to the negotiation table by Boniface Anniebonam , the founder of the negotiation…

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N400B Debt: Senate Probes Atiku’s Intels

By Bayo Bernard Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited, INTELS is one of the firms to be grilled by the Senator Hope Uzodinma joint Committee on Customs and Maritime investigating infractions on revenue accruing to the federal government from the seaports. The committee had recently alleged that the Nigerian Customs Service, NSC a la Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA failed to remit over N30 trillion to the federal government. As part of the ongoing probe the committee Tuesday directed 60 companies to appear before it. Senator Uzodinma said the companies should be…

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POF: CRFFN Bounces Back to Life

By Bayo Bernard The Abuja and Lagos offices of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, CRFFN have come alive again following the collection of Practitioners’ Operating Fees, POF by the council as directed by the Ministry of Transport, MOT. The MOT in statement titled ‘Commencement of Collection of Practitioners Operating Fee By Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding In Nigeria’ said Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi gave the directive to end the over two years POF hiatus. “The minister of transportation had approved that collection…

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Vessels: NPA, Senate Head for Showdown

By Bayo Bernard The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff faces a herculean task in its quest to unravel allege missing of 282 vessels in the Nigerian ports. The Senator Hope Uzordinma had few days ago directed the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA to immediately account for the vessels which it said developed wings from the ports after berth. The implication the senators said is that the country was denied revenue due to the discrepancy. The Authority has however replied the Committee describing the allegation as unfounded without any proof…

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Checkpoints: Controllers Shun CG

By Bayo Bernard More than 24 hours after Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS , Colonel Hamid Alli(retired) directed the removal of all illegal checkpoints across the country men and officers of the service have failed to comply. The customs’ boss had directed his men to dismantle hundreds of such roadblocks in compliance with the circular of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s quest to make business easy to do in the country. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo recently signed a Presidential…

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Customs Still In The Eye Of The Storm

By Stephen Ubanna Until Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is removed from office by President Muhammed Buhari, the  Senate Committee Committee on Customs, Excise, Tariff and marine Transportation,headed by Hope Uzodinma, will stop at nothing toexpose the rot in Customs. In spite of the billions which the Customs pay into the Federation Account monthly, the Committee believes there are still much sharp practices in the Customs with the collaboration of other stakeholders , leading to loss in the collection of revenue in foreign…

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How FOU Recovered Lost Funds?

By Stephen Ubanna More facts have emerged how Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, allegedly recovered over N500 million from  importers  between December, 2016 and two weeks in the month of July 2017. This has to do with blocking areas of revenue leakages in the Command, ensuring that  officials of the Revenue Department and the field officers do the right thing.  over the years, there had been accusation against  field officers, who are mostly of the Inspectors cadre  who see their names on the roaster to be on the road…

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