The Faces of Smugglers Nightmare

Hameed Ali: CG, Customs: Introduced Cargo Tracking Device

B y Stehen Ubanna Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General. Nigeria  Customs Service, NCS, appears to have  matched his word with action  with the introduction of  the cargo trace  and track tool technology into Customs  operations. Ali had alluded at the last International Customs Day Celebration  at  the Nigeria Customs Training College , Gwagwalada, Abuja, of the planned introduction of the security device , based on the ongoing discussion with the United States Information Communication Technology, ICT, giant, Oracle Corporation  for the use of its software to ”entrench…

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Tin-can: Baba–Musa Silent Revolution

Tin-can Island Port

By Stephen Ubanna Hopes brightens  as Mohammed Abdullahi Baba-Musa,   Comptroller of Tin-can Island Command, devises strategies  on improved trade facilitation and promotion of international trade with a view to improving the monthly revenue generation of the Command. Trade facilitation, analysts stressed  could only be achieved  in an atmosphere of  honest declaration, which will  ultimately allow for a seamless flow  of documentation in the system. Past and present  Administrations had given Executive order for 24 hours  ports operation as part of efforts to promote trade facilitation. As a prelude  this, Hameed…

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Strike Force: Operation Strike And Go

Customs Headquarters Building

By Stephen Ubanna Worried by the negative  reports about the one year-old former Compliance team personnel   along the nation’s border routes  and the seaports seen as hindering trade facilitation, Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and  Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, appears to have bowed to pressure to disband  the   team. He  was said to have replaced it with a” Strike Force, SF”, which Joseph Attah. a Deputy Cmptroller and Customs Image maker said has the mandate to ”check  the activities of Customs officers at the seaports and land Land…

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Seme Command: Army Trains officers On The Use Of Fire Arms

Seme Border

By Stehen Ubanna For years, there had been frequent rows between  Customs operatives  at the Seme Land border area and  Youths of the Border Communities  who were sympathetic to smugglers, leading to loss of lives   on both sides. One of such incidents that caused major  fracas between the Customs operatives at the land border and the youths was when  a pregnant female passenger was shot  and killed  some four years ago.  It took the intervention of  the police to save the situation from escalating. There had also been instances at…

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Revenue: Apapa Command Hit the Ground Running

Hameed Ali: CG, Nigeria Customs Service

By Stehen Ubaana Until January 25, 2018,  no person had  expected the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  Apapa Command to pay  N30 billion into the Federation Account at the end month. This is because of the low volume of cargoes being handled at the port during the month. The low volume of cargo was not unexpected because of the mixed reaction of traders to the government  2018 fiscal policy. More worrisome was the delay in honoring importers letters of Credit by their oversea customers which led to late arrival vessels with…

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Customs: Exposed, A Greedy Drug Importer

Intercepted ''40'' load of offensive Medicaments

By Stephen Ubanna Late  last year, Jibrin Musa,  Comptroller,  Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Apapa Command and Mohammed Uba Garba, his counterpart at the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja , were said to had  received  an alleged document within the same period  that some  unapproved controlled and regulated  pharmaceutical products were being shipped to Nigeria from  the Asia country of India . The document, a source said  had revealed that the offensive pharmaceutical products  were to be shipped I  APM,  terminal  at Apapa port.  It was said to have…

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Customs: Jack Threatened By Assassins

Mohammed Garba: Comptroller , FOU, Zone A

By Stephen Ubanna Jack Okpabi, a Chief Superintendent of Customs and Officer in-charge of the Lagos, Roving team, of the federal, Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, known in Circles as a dogged in Lagos and rugged officer, appears to have played into the hands of car mart owners. Jack  is seen as acting out the secret   of Mohammed Uba Garba,  the Area Comptroller and Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service against the car dealers who are no pushovers in the society because of their…

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Expensive Mess Of The Rich

Mohammed Uba Garba: Impressed With The Performance Of His Officers

By Stephen Ubanna Hopes of Importers and other owners  whose expensive  vehicles   seized at  federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, on the orders of Mohammed Uba Garba, the Comptroller, appears dim. This is because Garba is not ready to release the vehicles  until the owners are ready to provide necessary Customs Clearance  Documents to facilitate the release of the vehicles. As at the last count, there 31 such expensive vehicles parked  at the Command premises ,  and the Customs warehouse, Ikeja. The Duty Paid Value , DPV, of the seized…

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Baba-Musa In, Barsha Out

BarshaYusuf: Handing Over To Baba-Musa

By Stephen Ubanna For much of last year and  early January, 2018,,  there was rumor making the rounds that  Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General ,Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,might    redeploy some of the Comptrollers at the Customs Commands . This is to pave way for new Comptrollers to come in  to further consolidate the gains of  the Presidential mandate given to him to restructure, reform and improve the revenue  generation of the Service. The rumour became more pronounced with the various seizure of Contrabands  by the patrol teams…

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Huricane Jack, Forces Lagos Socialites Off The Road

Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba: Motivated Jack And His Boys To Exxcell

By Stephen Ubanna Barely three days after  Okpabi Jack, a Chief Superintendent  and  officer in-charge  of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Roving team, Ikeja, was given an award and a” Certificate of Merit ”to authenticate  it  by Hammed Ali, a retired Colonel   and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, at  the last International Customs Day Celebration  at the Customs  Training College, Gwagwalada,  the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, he  led an operation that  intercepted two  executive  Rolss  Royce from a Lagos socialite  currently being detained in the  Command…

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