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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A Customs Warlord

By Stephen Ubanna more facts have emerged why  Jibril Musa , Yusuf Bashar, both  Comptrollers in-charge of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Apapa and Tincan  Island Commands respectively  and other Comptrollers within  Customs Formations in the south west geopolitical  region are keeping away from Mohammed Uba Gabar, Comptroller Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja. They may have kept their distance from him to avoid being roped into trouble or seen as coming to beg for bad jobs released through the port or  the land border stations not to be intercepted by…

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2019: FOU Impounds Anti-Ballistic Vehicles.

By Bayo Bernard The President Muhammadu Buhari government has ensured that some unscrupulous politicians do not have their way with the government, particularly when it comes to payment of duties on imported vehicles. This is more so when the politicians are planning to use such vehicles for the 2019 elections. To this end therefore, the federal government has unleashed the Federal Operations Unit, FOU Zone A, Lagos to rein in duty evaders no matter how close they are to the corridors of power. Compared with immediate past, the FOU, sometimes…

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Waking Up From Slumber

By Stephen Ubanna Mohammed Aliyu, Comptroller, Seme Command and his counterpart at Onne , Bashir Abubakar, appears to have woken up from sleep to take the Customs anti-smuggling operations serious. The duo , according to sources have been on holiday over the months as smugglers had their way in their areas of control . Aliyu, a source told the Magazine was forced to sit up with his anti-smuggling personnel when information began to make the rounds that  Seme, a  border town between Nigeria and Republic of Benin has become a…

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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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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 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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Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, A Wasted Goldmine

Multi-billion Naira  Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, Lagos,  rots away in the full glare of Customs Authority and lack  of  patronage   By Stephen Ubanna   The euphoria that  greeted the takeover of the multi-billion naira  Ikorodu Lighter Terminal formerly under the management and control of the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, by the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, appears to have been defeated. This is because  economic and social activities at the terminal have been grounded to a halt contrary to  Customs Authorities promise to run the off-dock facility profitably. In taking over…

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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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Arms seizure: Ali promote Officers

Hameed Ali , Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service matches his words with action by promoting  officers involved in the 2017 arms seizure in Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja By Stephen Ubanna When Mahmud Haruna, a former Comptroller Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja,disclosed that Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customss Service, NCS, has given his word to reward  officers who make spectacular seizures or save revenue for the government. Not many officers were enthusiastic about the disclosure. This is because of the attitude of…

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Customs: Fear Grip Officers Over Sack

Investigators from the Customs  Headquarters  storm Lagos to fish out officers who aid and abet agents who take delivery of their  clients’ Containers in Contravention of  government fiscal policy as the officers in these Customs Commands become  jittery  over the shady deals By Stephen Ubanna It is no longer news that Containers dully released and exited from the seaports, pallets from Airports, or truck laden with  goods from the land border stations in the south west geo-political region fell into the waiting hands of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A,Ikeja,…

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Customs: E-Auction Lucky Winners

The e -auction policy of the Nigeria Customs Service produce winners who would want the Service to continue with it for transparency  as obtained in Europe and the United States where there are many auction sites By Stephen Ubanna For years there had been pressure on the Management of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,to change to the e-auction policy to sell  seized and condemned vehicles by the law Court  including  overtime cargoes. The proponents of the policy consider it transparent as it  gives equal opportunities to Nigerians to bid. they…

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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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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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FOU Personnel Clip Smugglers Wing, As TIC Pay Billions Into Federation Account

By Stephen Ubanna When Mohammed Garba, Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, sent a warning signal  to smugglers and fraudulent agents at the nation’s ports and land border stations to turn a new or be ready to face the full weight of the law, not many people took him serious. This is because, it is not the first time a serving Comptroller at the Command had made a similar threat and nothing came out of it. Garba was said to have made it clear to his men…

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FOU Roving Team: Job For The Boys

By Stephen Ubanna For years, the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, roving team personnel had seen themselves as a privileged few. Their carriage at the Command armed with AK.47 when going out for operations speaks volume. they jum into the Hilux van after a brief from their leader like military personnel going to the war front. Vistors to the Command had expected that with the speed at which the team Hilux vans speed out from the Customs premises, the government warehouse and the Command mechanical workshop would…

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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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No End In Sight To Face-off Between Ali and Senate

By Stephen Ubanna There is no end in sight to the face-off between the Bukola Saraki led Senate and Hammed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, over the later’s new duty policy on imported vehicles  which is expected to take off going by Ali’s calculation on April 12,2017. The gladiators are ready for the war. Indeed, the Senators are not ready to sheathe their sword and are determined to push for the removal of Ali from office by President Muhammadu Buhari who is reluctant to…

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