FOU : Renewed Crack Down On Smugglers And Fraudulent Agents

Hameed Ali, Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, throws his weight behind Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, as it makes spectacular seizures, translating to improved monthly revenue By Stephen Ubanna Officers and Men of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, which oversees anti-smuggling operations and movement of goods in and out the seaports and airports in their area of jurisdiction comprising of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Osun states in south west Nigeria has sent a signal to smugglers and importers with their clearing agents…

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AIG Imue Warns Port Criminals

By Bayo Bernard The first task of the newly appointed Assistant Inspector General, AIG of Police, Maritime Police Command, Pius Immue is to clean the Augean stables of the ports where miscreants and criminals operates without encumbrances. In spite of claims by various security agencies working in the Lagos ports for instance, men of the underworld still continue with their criminal activities unhindered. Major crimes existing in the ports include, forgery, burglary, document falsification and cargo stealing. Whereas these crimes are committed sometimes, in the full glare of security agencies…

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NIMASA: Firms Reject NSDP Graduates

By Bayo Bernard   Over one thousand graduates under the Nigerian Seafarer’s Development Programme, NSDP bankrolled by apex maritime body, the Nigeria Maritime Administrative and Safety Agency, NIMASA have failed to secure payable jobs since they finished the course. Most of them are now languishing in Lagos and other cities across world hoping to find a job somehow after years of rigorous training abroad. The NSDP was an interventionist project started by the agency in 2008. Eight years after, the programme has produced over one thousand graduates trained in different…

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Port Thieves

Wharf  Rats return to the, Port as they vandalize examined Containers, thus making nonsense of the terminal operators and the Nigeria Customs Service security measures By Stephen Ubanna In  spite of the security measures put in place by Sifax Cargo Handling Company, one of the terminal operators at the Tincan Island port and Yusuf Barshar, the Customs Command, Controller to forestall the activities of Warf rats, the hoodlums are still finding their way into the port causing havoc to importer’s Containers. Importers who had fallen victim to the evil machination…

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Agents of Confusion

By Stephen Ubanna Those who think that the  strike by members of the  Association  of Nigeria License Customs Agents , ANLCA,  and other Associations  against the bad state of the Apapa road and alleged extortion   by Customs personnel  which paralysed operations at the ports and land  borders for almost two days had  an impact may have to do a rethink. This is because  the strike made no impact on the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  revenue collection  or the shipping Companies and the terminal operators as it is still business as…

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Appeal court quashes jail sentence of ex NIMASA boss, Omatseye

Former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Raymond Omatseye, got a reprieve today May 11 2017 through a judgement delivered by an Appeal court based in Lagos. A lower court had initially found him guilty and sentenced him to jail on allegations of N1.5 billion fraud. The decision of the Appellate court was read by Justice Yargata Nimpar, and she said that the High Court which tried him did not properly evaluate the evidence before it. The Federal High Court, Lagos, on May 20, 2016, presided…

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Customs Promotion: The Big Fraud

By Stephen Ubanna When Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, announced that the last December , Customs promotion exercise would be based on merit and not quota system , not many people took him serious. This is because promotion in the Customs Service over the years have been based on Quota system, thus making it difficult for  bright officers to be promoted to the senior officers rank. But one major problem which past and present management  of the Service  had been unable to deal…

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Customs Officers In Trouble

By Stephen Ubanna When Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel was appointed the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  by president Muhammadu Buhari, in late 2015, not many people gave him opportunity to succeed . this is because of the peculiar nature of the NCS where Officers and Men of the Service who have entrenched themselves in a particular area were not ready to accept posting to another Command. They had expected the Customs boss to start the restructuring and reforming programme of the government  by moving the Officers…

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Ali’s Masterstroke, Senators Rebuff Abubakar Malami

By Stephen Ubanna Those who think that the on-going mass posting of Assistant Comptrollers by  Hameed Ali , a retired Colonel and embattled Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, would affect the operation of the Service a at the ports and land border areas would be disappointed. This is because the exercise has long been expected. The movement of the Assistant Comptrollers from the Customs formation in the north to the south , according a source is to inject discipline into the Service. It is coming on the heels…

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Customs: Ali Warns Saraki, Others

  By Bayo Bernard The fireworks continue in the battle of wits between Nigerian Senate and Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd). The customs boss has again lashed out at the Bukola Saraki led Senate warning the senators not to undermine the laws of the country. Ali said this during an interactive session with freight forwarders in Lagos. The former Kaduna state military administrator was on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF. The two sides are facing…

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NIMASA: Stakeholders Knock Peterside One year in Office

By Bayo Bernard For many days now the NIMASA Press Centre, www.nimasa.gov.ng/press-center has been unavailable. The development coincided with one year appointment of Dakuku Peterside as Director General, Nigeria Maritime and Safety Agency, NIMASA. As usual the agency has rolled out the drums to celebrate Peterside who came to office one year ago brimming with ideas on how he planned to reposition the agency. Many stakeholders who watched the young CEO of the top maritime agency laid out his plans to take NIMASA out of the woods, had applauded him…

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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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Ali Fights Back

  By Bayo Bernard Embattled controller General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS Colonel Hameed Ali(rtd) is fighting back. Just barely few hours after he was turned back from the Senate last Thursday the ex-military administrator of Kaduna state appears to have turned the table against the senators. The pressure has now turned on President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and senators to clear the air on allegation that they were out to blackmail the custom’s boss to submission. For over two weeks the Saraki led upper chamber of the National…

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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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Journalist Crushed to Death in Apapa

Bayo Bernard Barely two days after the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC launched the minimum Safety Standard for truck drivers in Nigeria, a careless truck driver has crushed, to death one Mr Segun Agbolade,  along the very busy Oshodi Apapa expressway. Before the incident, Agbolade was a maritime journalist and musician. His demise came at a time the FRSC said it was concerned over the increasing rate of accident caused by truck drivers in the country. Speaking recently in Lagos, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi disclosed that accident caused by…

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Rice Dealers At War with Customs

Rice Millers and Distribution Association of Nigeria throw their weight behind  the Nigeria Customs Service  to raid the markets where smuggled rice are allegedly sold By Stephen Ubanna The battle line appears to have been drawn between rice merchants in the country and the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS. Only recently,  Sango Ota, in Ado Odo- Ota local government area of Ogun state motor garage rice market came under the attack of  the Nigeria Customs Service,  NCS, Federal Operations  Unit, zone A, Ikeja, Lagos. Jerry Attah, an Assistant Superintendent and the…

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NCS Promotion: Endless Wait

Senior  officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, faces the challenge of waiting endlessly over the release of their promotion  as Hameed Ali is accused of arrogating Customs Board functions to himself By Stephen Ubanna Going by the projection of Hammed Ali, a retired army  Colonel and Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Officers and men of the Service who sat for the promotion examination last December ought to have been decorated with their new  ranks by now. Incidentally, it has turned out to be an endless waiting game…

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Customs Hit By Government Policy

Government Fiscal Policies hit Seme Border Command monthly Revenue generation By  Stephen Ubanna Victor Dimka, Comptroller , Seme Command  had expected that his Command would remain in  the Nigeria Customs Service , NCS, Zone A,top flight Commands that is in the  Billion naira  monthly revenue generationmark . His optimism was based on the fact rice and vehicles would continue to be imported through the land  border.   Before his deployment from FOU, Zone C, Owerri, Imo state to the Command, the monthly revenue generation was nothing to cheer about. Despite  the…

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