Skye Bank: Customers Desert Bank Over Fraud

Bank’s Perception Index Drops By Bayo Bernard The management of Skye Bank Plc.is currently battling with how to manage allegation that customers’ deposits in the bank are no longer safe, because of a certain syndicate in the Tokunbo Abiru-led bank, involved in fraudulent transfer of money belonging to depositors. The magazine learned that the issue has sent shock waves among customers of the bank, so much so, that some are already contemplating closing their accounts. If this happens, financial analysts informed the magazine, it will further compound the numerous problems…

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Customs: Controller Rallies Army, Airforce Against Smugglers

By Bayo Bernard Comptroller Muhammed Uba Garba appears to have realized early enough that the braggadocio strategy employed by his predecessors to tackle the hydra headed smuggling along Seme, the border post between Nigeria and Benin Republic will not be enough to rein in the menace on the long run. The new Area Controller of Seme command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS on arrival at his new post, barely two months ago had sat down with some top officers in the command to chart strategy against smuggling in one…

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We’ll Cripple MTN, Multichoice, Other South African Businesses In Nigeria- CLCC

Frontline civil society and human rights group, Center For Law and Civil Culture has sent a strong warning to the South African government to immediately stop the killings of Nigerians in the country or face popular revolt against its economic interest in Nigeria. Two Nigerians, Chukwu Chukwumezeire and Olushola Ayanleye, were recently killed during xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa. But in a petition sent to the South African High Commission in Lagos, signed by CLCC Executive Abduganeey Imran and Bayo Bernard, Chief Strategist ,a copy which was made…

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Customs: N1.3 trn. Revenue Target On Course- Ali

By Bayo Bernard Business Editor The initial fears that the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS may not surpass the revenue target of N1.3 tr. for the 2018 fiscal year appears to be declining. The federal government has set the target for the Col. Hameed Ali-(rtd) led service in this year’s budget. For the year ending 2017, the service surpassed its revenue target of N1.2 billion by over N10 billion. In 2016, the Customs revenue target was N937 billion but the service only net N898 billion; while in 2015, the Service’s target was…

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Customs: FOU Controller Under Probe

There are fears among officers and men of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS about the capacity of Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu to sustain the tempo left by his predecessor at the unit. The apprehension came amidst suggestions that the controller failed to leave a robust anti-smuggling record in Seme Command where he served before his present deployment. Comptroller Aliyu swapped position with Comptroller Muhammed Uba Garba after a major shake-up, last month by the Hameed Ali-led NCS, that affected over 70 controllers across various…

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Why We Handed over Maritime security To Navy —NIMASA DG

By Bayo Bernard Following series of denials, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has finally admitted that it can no longer discharge its statutory role of ensuring safety and providing security in Nigerian waters without the Navy. The Director General of the agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside made the disclosure while playing host to the executive of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria, MARAN, at the agency’s head office in Apapa. This disclosure has confirmed fears of maritime stakeholders and Nigerians in general that NIMASA has failed in its…

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Customs: Fear Looms In Seme Over New Controller.

By Bayo Bernard Barely a month after Comptroller Muhammed Uba Garba took over the leadership of Seme Customs Command of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS uncertainty looms in both the camps of smugglers, men and officers of the command. Comptroller Uba took over from Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu barely a month ago in a major shake-up by the NCS that affected over 70 controllers across the country. The fear now, is whether the new customs boss will be able to rein in the smuggling ring made up of notorious smugglers and…

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LADOL/ Egina: Over $100m Steel Imported

By Bayo Bernard The enthusiasm that greeted the multi-billion dollar Egina Floating Production Storage Offloading, FSPO vessel has recently been dwarfed by revelation that fabricating steel materials used for the project were not sourced locally. The $16b FSPO is being developed by French company TOTAL, at the  Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130, in partnership with Nigeria’s indigenous oil and gas servicing company, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base (LADOL.) Keen stakeholders in the oil and gas sector had at a forum organized in Lagos by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria,…

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Customs Mulls Promotion of Officers

Comptroller Jibrin, others on list By Bayo Bernard Feelers have emerged recently that the management of the Hameed Ali -led Nigerian Customs Service, NCS will soon promote some senior officers. The development came barely one month after over 70 controllers were redeployed to new formations, by the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali. Some officers affected in the shake-up are yet to recover from the shock, the magazine was told, particularly those who felt they were redeployed for political reasons. Some comptrollers affected in the shake are Abubakar Bashir who…

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Punish NASS Invaders- Group Tells Buhari

Following the sack of ex DSS Director General, Lawal Daura by the federal government, over the barricade of the National Assembly by some operatives of the DSS, a civil society group has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to punish those involved in the saga. In a statement made available to journalists in Lagos, the Center for Law and Civil Culture, CLCC said it was uncalled for that some DSS officials would try to prevent Senators and members of the House of Representatives from performing their legitimate duties. Signed by CLCC Executive…

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