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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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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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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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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Anti-smuggling: A cry For Help

By Stephen Ubanna Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, solicits public support to break into the rank of the smugglers’ cartel. This is because of the ambush of Customs personnel by smugglers to carry out their nefarious activities across the cross. Most worrisome was the confrontation of Customs personnel on border patrols resulting in the team personnel running for their dear life. They muster the courage to attack Customs personnel because of the sophisticated weapons used by them to carry out their trade. Many…

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