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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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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