2019: Why BRIT Held Border Management Conference In Nigeria

By Stephen Ubanna More facts have emerged why Border Regions In Transition, BRIT, slated Nigeria and Republic of Benin, two neighboring countries in the West African sub-region for  its sixteenth annual  Conference  to take   a critical look  at issues relating to Border Management across the world. This is because of the  2019  general elections in Nigeria and the need to ensure the  elections are free and Fair by controlling cross border movements. It is the first time the Conference would be held in Africa because of the importance attached to…

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Ali Suspends Comptroller Oyeleke, As Kayode Makes Spectacular Seizures

By Stephen Ubanna This is not the best of times for serving Comptrollers under  Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and  Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS. This is because of the no nonsense attitude of the Comptroller General who is ready to sack or suspend any officer found wanting, irrespective of the rank. It is not surprising why the  Comptrollers appear to be very meticulous  in their actions and directive to their officers  on the field to avoid exposing themselves to the fifth  Columnists in the service who had the…

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Anti-smuggling: FOU, Zone A, Now A Moving Train

By Stephen Ubanna Ahead of the 2019 general elections,  Adamu Aliyu Mohammed, Comptroller , Federal Operations Unit, FOU Zone A,  and  the  anti-smuggling  officers  appear to  have turned themselves into a moving train ready to crush  smugglers that may  stand on their way. This is evident  going by the number of exotic  and bullet proof vehicles, Mohammed confirmed, were intercepted in various parts of Ogun  and Lagos states in the last two weeks. The  bullet proof vehicles were said to have been seen seized and evacuated from some private residences …

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FOU: Dismantling Smugglers New Tactics

By Stephen Ubanna Until last  month, Customs patrol officers at the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, believed that  rickety vehicles  and motorcycles, popular Okada, were the only means of conveyance through which  poultry products could be smuggled into the country.  It may not have crossed their mind that VIP  smugglers could use Highlander jeep  to smuggle cartoons of poultry products  from the Republic of Benin into the Nigerian market. Luck was said to have ran out against  a VIP poultry products smuggler recently.  He was said to have …

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2019: Who Occupies Brick House, Wike or Cole?

Steve Ubanna Nyenson Wike,  a Lawyer and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governor of Rivers state had been very inquisitive for the much of last month  to know who will emerge the  governorship Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in their September, 2019  primaries. The governor was interested in knowing the APC Candidate who would slug it out with him in the 2019 general elections in the state to perfect his winning strategies. Initially, he had the premonition that the governorship contest in the state would be between him…

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How Nigeria Embassy Paralysed Beninoa Economy On Monday, Over Independence Anniversary

By Stephen Ubanna Last Monday, October Ist, 2018, Economic and Social activities were virtually grounded to a halt at Cotonou, Republic of Benin, as all roads lead to the Nigeria Embassy in Cotonou    to join  kayode Oguntunase, the Nigerian  Ambassador   and his officials to celebrate Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary. The situation became more worrisome at Seme, a border Community between the  country and  the French speaking country   as key government  and  Republic of Benin  government officials were at Cotonou on the invitation of the Ambassador to join the embassy in…

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Social Media:Ali Riot Act To Officers

By Stephen Ubanna Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has read the riot act to officers  who abuse  the social media to leak official information to the public. The warning was said to have been given to officers and men of the Service at their respective Commands as the Management embarks on  the social media sensitisation  programme nation-wide  by Dangladimma, a Deputy Comptroller General, DCG, in-charge of  Enforcement , Investigation and Inspection. ” Any officer caught  leaking official  document  to the publice, via Social…

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2019: Why Buhari And Aisha Alhassan parted ways

By Stephen Ubanna For months , there have been speculations that Aisha Alhassan  for, minister of Women Affairs and Social Development would quit her ministerial position to contest for the All Progressive Congress, APC,   governorship primaries in Taraba state, September 29, 2018. The minister was said to have notified President Muhammadu Buhari of her plans in   to contest the APC,  governorship  Seat in Taraba state . Buhari was said to have informed Adams Oshiomhole , the  national Chairman of the party of the plan of the Taraba state born minister…

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Ali Embarks On Social Media Sensitisation Campaigns For Officers

By Stephen Ubanna Barely one week after the  Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, team, led by Aminu Dahiru, an Assistant Comptroller General, ACG, in-charge of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Zone A, Lagos,  which went to Shenzhi Cust  port, Peoples Republic of China, to interact with their Customs Counterparts about their operations and how they are able  to process documents that could lead to the shipment of over 80, 000 Containers of Industrialised goods  going to different parts of the  world daily  returned  to the country, Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and…

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2019: Why APC Buhari May Lose Presidential Election To PDP?

  By Stephen Ubanna More facts  have emerged why  the trio of President Muhammadu Buhari, Ahmed Bola Tinibu, former governor  of Lagos state and National  leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC,  and Adams Oshiomhole,  a former  governor of Edo state  and the party National Chairman were desperate to arm-twist voters to win the Osun state , Thursday , September 27 re-run governorship election in the state. This is because losing the state to the Opposition, Peoples Democratic Party,  PDP   would have amounted  to  a big blow to the party…

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