Smuggling: FOU, Smugglers in Battle of Wits

The Suzuki mini bus

By Bayo Bernard Barely two weeks after the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun approved the purchase of 50 operational vehicles for the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS to combat smuggling in the country, smugglers have also devised new tactic of evading security agencies. From all indications, however, the NCS shows no sign of giving up in the ongoing battle of wits. Following the appointment of Col, Hameed Ali (retd) as Comptroller General of Customs the noose was seriously tightened on vehicle smugglers, particularly from the Cotounou, Republic of Benin border end…

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Anti-Smuggling: Madugu Fails, As FOU Personnel ConfrontThe Smugglers Headlong

By Stephen Ubanna When Mohammed Uba Garba, Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, sent a warning signal to smugglers in Ogun, Lagos, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Osun, the six states in the south west, Nigeria, to desist from the illegal trade, They did not take him serious. Garba,  has every  reason to do so because  the Command is well equipped  with  all necessary arsenals  to cripple them  and send the smugglers out of the illegitimate businesses. He may have been further encouraged to do so  because of the porous…

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Customs :Low Cargo, More Revenue

By Stephen Ubanna Until December 26, 2017, there was no sign that the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, could be able to generate a trillion naira for the government for the year. This is because of the low volume of cargo traffic into the nations seaports , airports and the land border stations. More worrisome was the ban of 41 frequently imported high yielding revenue items from accessing the Forex market  by the Godwin Emefiele led Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.  The items, which include rice, private airplanes and jets, steel…

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CUSTOMS: Ali’s ‘Men’ Head For Showdown

Garba: moves against smugglers

By Bayo Bernard   The story of how three Customs Controllers landed the most lucrative commands in Lagos can never be exhausted. But what is now agog within top officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS  is the looming confrontation among the three controllers believed to be very close to the Controller General of Customs, Col. Hamid Ali(rtd).   The controllers are Jibril Musa , Yusuf Bashar in charge of the Apapa and Tin can Customs command, and Muahammed Uba Garba of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja.…

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