Muhammed Riot Act To Officers, As Ali Gives kudos To Four Comptrollers

By Stephen Ubanna Muhammed Uba Garba, Mohammed Aliyu, and Jibril Musa, Comptrollers , Federal Operations Unit,  FOU, Zone A, Seme and Apapa respectively, appears to have entered into the good book of  Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, because of their impressive performance in their respective areas of jurisdiction.  The last but  not the list was Baba-Musa, MA, Comptroller ,Tin-can Island Command. Ali, who could no longer hide his deep feelings of appreciation  of the Comptroller’s exceptional performance in the areas of anti-smuggling and…

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Customs Promotion: Ministerial Delay?

By Stephen Ubanna More facts have emerged why officers  of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, with high expectation of wearing their new rank after last November  promotion examination may have  to wait for period of time  to allow the Customs and Excise Board to meet to ratify the results. The Source learnt that the results had been compiled and forwarded to Kemi Adeosun , the minister of Finance, since last January  with a covering memo by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, but the…

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ANLCA: Shittu Out, Nwabunike In

By Stephen Ubanna For much of March and earlyApril, 2018, Olayiwola Shittu, who, until Saturday, April 14, 2018, was president , Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, and his successor Tony Iju Nwabunike, a pioneer Chairman of the Council for  the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, CFFRN,  were said to have set in motion the machinery for handing of power to the incoming president of the Association. The duo were said to have  set up an inauguration Committee to handle the assignment. The duo were also said to…

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Exports: Nigeria Still Experiencing Deficits In trade

By stephen Ubanna Barely three years after President Muhammadu Buhari  initiated fiscal policy measures to boost export of made in Nigeria goods and Agricultural products, the much expected balance of trade between Nigeria and its trading partners in Europe, North America, Asia and  East Africa  is yet to be achieved. This is evident going y the weekly export and import report at the nation’s premier, Apapa, cited by the Magazine last Friday, April 13, 2018 at the port.  The record showed that in one week alone, Nigeria exported Cocoa beans,…

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FOU: Bursting Crimes In The Jungle

By Stephen Ubanna Those  who think that the redeployment of Sani Madugu, former Comptroller ,Ogun Command to the Customs Headquarters  as Comptroller , Enforcement, was as a result of the operation on Friday, April 6, 2018, by the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikja, Lagos Roving team at  Illogbo Community iwithin  in  Lafenwa, in  the outskirts of Abeokuta would be disappointed. The operation described in Customs circles as bursting crime in the jungle  was said to have been well planned because of the violent nature of the people. The …

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Customs: Officers Working Under Pressure

By  Stephen Ubanna Dangladima.A. , a Deputy Comptroller General , DCG, of Customs, in charge of Enforcement and Investigation, at the Customs Headquarters appears to have put Christopher Odibu, Comptroller , Oyo and Osun Command and his officers under pressure to give a bite to the Command anti-smuggling operations. The pressure on Odibu and his men may not be unconnected to the rumour making the rounds  over alleged  large scale smuggling of rice and vegetable oil at different parts of the  states which are under the  jurisdiction of the Command. …

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Tin-Can: Baba- Musa Institutes Joint Examination of Cargoes By Agencies

By Stephen Ubanna For Years, Customs officers and other Agencies personnel involved in the examination of Containerized cargoes at Tin-Can Island port  had been accused by stakeholders of creating artificial bottlenecks to extort money from them. The extortion  situation at the port and other ports in Lagos  was so pronounced as agents   were said to pursue   Officers  with their documents  to facilitate  the examination of their cargoes. John Elekwachi, a Lagos based  clearing agent told the Magazine that Officials of the agencies had their asking price depending on the…

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Customs: Reckless Use Of Guns, Beam Searchlight On FTZs

By Stephen Ubanna For years , there had been complaints of reckless use of guns by Nigeria Customs Service, NCS  personnel across the country.  From Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Cross River, Bauchi, Kaduna to Jigawa , the story is the same: reckless use of weapons by Officers. Customs personnel may have blamed  the resort to the use of arms to defend themselves  when they came under heavy attack by smugglers. This  is evident with the accidental discharge  by the Kano/Jigawa Command Patrol Officers in Babura, a border town between Nigeria and…

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Promotion: Ali Disappoints Officers?

By Stephen Ubanna Officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, appear disappointed over the  the release of the last promotion examination by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General of the Service as may were said to have failed. The Customs Officers were said to have read widely for the promotion examination because of the assurance by the Comptroller General that the exercise would be based on merit. He was said to have assured  them that the result would not be delayed a day longer than necessary. …

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Anti-smuggling: Army throws Its Weight Behind The Customs

By Stephen Ubanna Smugglers in the south, and across the six south western states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun , Ekiti and Ondo are in  for trouble as the Army had promised to collaborate with the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone, Ikeja, operatives in the fight against smugglers. Muhammed Uba Garba, the Comptroller of the Command was said to have promise to further collaborate with one another in anti-smuggling operations within the region. Fidelis Azinta, a Major General and the Army General Officer Commanding, GOC,  2nd Division, Ibadan has agreed…

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