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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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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Clearing Agents Living in Fear

For  years , clearing agents at the nation’s ports and terminals operated as if the Customs and Excise Management Act, CEMA,  does not matter. Many of them , with the connivance of Customs personnel at the seaports,  airports and land borders shortchanged the government through false declaration and under payment. The situation was so bad that  the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja , Lagos, established the roving team headed by Adamu Mohammed , an Assistant Comptroller. The team personnel are located at strategic locations in Lagos. They parade…

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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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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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