How FOU Busted A N150 million Bribe Gets The Nod To Auction Over-age Vehicles And Other Items

By  Stephen Ubanna More facts have emerged how  the Federal Operations Unit. FOU, Zone A,  Ikeja , officials, busted a N150 million bribe, going by the current exchange rate of N360.00 to a dollar,    to facilitate the release of 40 suspected Containers of 40 ft each, loaded with cartons of tramadol and other brands of Pharmaceutical  products  allegedly  shipped from the Asian country of India  into Nigeria a fortnight ago. The Magazine  learnt that the importer with his agent may have succeeded in penetrating the ranks of the Customs and…

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Anti-Smuggling: The Lion of Seme Border

By Stephen Ubanna When Muhammed Uba Garba, former Comptroller Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, was redeployed to Seme Command, last August, nobody gave him opportunity to succeed. This is because  of the difficult terrain and the age-long tradition between the  indigenes  of the Border Communities between Nigeria and Republic of Benin, who believed  that whatever they do for a living, including smuggling of Contrabands was right. More worrisome  was the activities of the traditional rulers in the Border  Communities who provide protection for  smugglers found  in their…

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Nigeria Customs Moving Operations To The ECOWAS Building At Seme-Krake Joint Border Post

By Stephen Ubanna The Nigeria Customs Service,  NCS,  Seme Command, Administrative machinery is gradually being moved to the multi-million dollar  Economic Community  of West African States, ECOWAS, building at Seme-Krake Joint Border  post. As a prelude to the movement  of  Mohammed Uba Garba,  the Comptroller of the Command and other  key  Departments of the Command to the ECOWAS, building, the Magazine learnt that the Import , Export , Economic and Trade Liberalization  Scheme, ETLS  and the Baggage Seats have already relocated  to the new office site to join their Beninois…

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Tramadol : Ali Beams Searchlight At The Seaports

By Stephen Ubanna Barely six weeks to the end of the year, Hameed Ali, a  retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, appears to have beamed his searchlight at the seaports over the alleged shipment of tramadol drugs  from the Asia country of India to Nigeria.  Ali is worried that the drugs if allowed to find their way into the Nigeria market  unchecked from the seaport would cause great harm to the society. The Customs Comptroller General is not ready  to take any excuse from the Customs Comptrollers…

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Customs: Ali On His Last Lap

By Stephen Ubanna Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, appear to be on last lap of his Presidential mandate to reform, restructure and improve, the revenue generation of the Service. Between Monday November 5 and Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Ali, was said to have gathered all the officers from the rank of Assistant Comptrollers to Comptrollers and some selected Chief Superintendent of Customs , at the Customs Training College to brainstorm on the new Customs. The Magazine learnt that the Customs image makers at…

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How Oshiomhole Played Into Buhari’s Hands

By Stephen Ubanna Ahead of the 2019 , general  elections, Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo state,south-south Nigeria  and embattled National Chairman , of the All progressives Congress, APC,  appears to have stepped on powerful toes which may have landed him into  President Muhammadu Buhari’s  troubles. Oshiomhole’s problem  was said to have started with the  conduct of the last September  governorship primaries in the states where there was deep animosity over allegations of fraud against him. The deep animosity was said to have been more  pronounced in Ogun, Imo…

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Seme: Saving Nigeria Billions Of Naira By Blocking The Border-Post Truck Park

By Stephen Ubanna Over the years , Nigeria has been losing  billions of naira annually from the illegal activities going at the Joint border post truck park. This is because there was no  proper control of the  activities at the Border truck park where transit truck laden cargoes are kept before being cleared to  go into the Nigeria territory to start the clearing process. The situation was  said to be worse between 2004 and 2015, forcing Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service to start looking…

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“Be Your Brother’s Keeper”: Mohammed Increases Security Consciousness At FOU

By Stephen Ubanna Adamu Aliyu Mohammed,  a former Comptroller , Seme Command, and now Comptroller Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A,  may have come with very  high hopes  of fostering  good working relationships between officers and men of the  Command in order  to translate to improved performance . His ambition, according to a source, was to beat the  track records of Mohammed Uba Garba, a former  Comptrollers of the Command and who incidentally is the new Comptroller of Seme Command.  He however could beat his chest that  he was on…

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2019: Fear Grip Nigerians Over Sect Clash With The Army and Police At Abuja, As The IGP Spits Fire

By  Stephen  Ubanna Ahead of the 2019 general elections  and the recent  clash between  some members of the Islamic  Movement of Nigeria, IMN,  popular, the Shiites , and  the Army at Zuba , an outskirt of Abuja, fear appear to have gripped Nigerians, particular, residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, over the  safety of their lives. The people fear that the Shiites or any other religious sect, could strike  at any part of the country at any time if they could  find their way to Abuja which  is well…

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Hadiza Ali Dies Of Years Of Undisclosed Sickness, Throws Customs Officers Into Mourning

By Stephen Ubanna It was unexpected that Hadiza Jumai Ali, a 53 year-old wife of Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel, and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, will die on Monday , October 29, 2019. This is because  there had never been any rumor from the rumor mills that she was sick and thus, receiving treatment in any of the known Hospital at Abuja. Ali, the Customs Comptroller General , was said to have been going about his official duties without worry  of  having a sick wife to attend to …

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