Customs: Getting Tougher On Smugglers, Clearing The Mess At The Seaports

By Stephen Ubanna Those  who think that the mass transfer of officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, from one Customs formation to another across the country by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and the Comptroller general, to sanitize the process of clearing goods and containing  the activities of smugglers at the seaports, airports and land border stations had  achieved its purpose may have to do a rethink. This is because , nothing appears to have changed  at the seaports or the land border areas as expected. Ali…

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Smugglers Resort To Waterways To Beat Customs Personnel To It

By Stephen Ubanna Mohammed Aliyu, the Kwara-born Comptroller of Customs at Seme Command, a border town between Nigeria and Republic of Benin, came with a mandate to suppress smuggling activities in the land border station to enhance trade facilitation and improved revenue generation for the government. Aliyu provided all the necessary logistic support for his anti-smuggling men to do the work. Unknown to him, he was dealing with another elephant he did not much about their operational strategy. The deployment of Victor Dimka, the former Comptroller of the Command and…

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