FOU Recovers Over N400 million Lost Revenue For FG In Six Months

By Stephen Ubanna For years, the Federal government had been losing billions of naira to importers with their clearing agents and Customs collaborators   at the seaports, airport and land border stations. The importers were said to have been shortchanging the government   through  wrong Classification of goods, transfer of value and under-payment. The  rot may have been exposed by Muhammed Uba Garba, Comptroller  Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A who took the battle to the areas. A senior Customs officer told the Magazine that Muhammed and his officers may appear to…

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Customs: Disquiet Among DCGs, ACGs Over Ali

Two weeks ago the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS held a press conference in Abuja, since then the convener of the parley who’s also the spokesman of the Service, Joseph Attah, a deputy controller of customs has been expressing his frustration discreetly with the current management of the service, led by Hameed Ali over failure to provide logistic for him to perform his duty as the image maker of the NCS. What happened? Attah had approached the CG to approve funds for logistics to carry out the event. He was shocked…

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FOU: An Herculean Task

By Stephen Ubanna Barely one week after Ibrahim Jibrin, the minister of  State Environment, visited Federal Operations Unit, FOU, , Zone A, Ikeja, to see things himself with the officials of Convention for International Trade on Endangered Species, CITES, officials  from Geneva, Switzerland, and a promise to see Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel, and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  on the need to reward officers and men of the Service who risk their lives to make spectacular seizures found in  Customs warehouses at Ikeja, it galvanised the officers in…

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Customs Gives Relief To IDP Camps

By Stephen Ubanna Until last Friday, May 4, 2018, there was no sign that the Nigeria Army Corps of Supply and Transport, NACST, saddled with the responsibility of transporting relief materials from Customs Formations across the country would be coming to the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos. This is because of the news making the rounds that Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, had given the nod to the NACST to get its trucks ready to resume operation of transporting relief…

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Smuggling: FOU, Smugglers in Battle of Wits

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

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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