How Buhari Forced Saraki To Join The Presidential Race

By Stephen Ubanna President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, may have known that Bukola Saraki, a former  governor of Kwara state  and now  Senate President, has a Presidential ambition. It was therefore not surprising why  he decided to frustrate his  leadership of the Senate  from the out-set to whittle down his powers and popularity in order to force him to  drop the ambition and support his re-election bid . Buhari, according to party sources, fears that  with the rising profile of Saraki in the party and…

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FOU: Officers Pledge Loyalty To Comptroller Mohammed

By Spehen Ubanna Officers and men of  the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja,   had pledged their loyalty  to Mohammed Aliyu,  a former Comptroller, Seme Command and now Comptroller of the Command.  The officers and men of the Command  made the pledge amidst appeals by the Muhammed Uba Garba, a former Comptroller of the Command , now redeployed to Seme Command   in the recent shake up in the Service that affected 70 Comptrollers. Appealing to the officers to extend the same level of Cooperation  given to him  in his…

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Why Buhari Cannot Sack Security Political Appointees?

By Stephen Ubanna More facts have emerged why  President Muhammadu Buhari, could not muster the political will  to fire   his political security  Chieftains fingered over the last three years  to be an embarrassment to the Administration because of their actions.This is because the security Chieftains were  said to have  a dossier on how he was elected President  of Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander -In -Chief of the Armed Forforces in  the 2015 general election. Buhari may have had at the back of his mind that the security Chieftains  and…

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Customs: The Power Behind Ali’s Actions

By Stephen Ubanna Not many people knew Mohammed Buhari, a brigadier General who is still in the Army   but appointed  Principal Staff Officer, PSO, to Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.  The kebbi state  born  Army brigadier General , according to Customs sources is said to be a link between Ali and the Customs  Comptrollers at the seaports and land border stations. The influenced wielded by Buhari in  the power equation at  Customs Headquarters may have forestalled why  Ali ,the Customs Comptroller…

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Aliyu Waiting On The Wings To Take Over, As Muhammed Gives Two Weeks Scorecard

By Stephen Ubanna Mohammed Aliyu, the Kebbi state born former Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Seme Command, the country’s largest border station, who was affected  in the recent major  shake- up and redeployment of  about 70 Comptrollers appear to be waiting on the wings  to take over from Muhammed Uba Garba, his counterpart at Federal Operations  Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja. Insiders told the Magazine that  his redeployment to FOU Zone A did not come to him as a surprise  because he had long expected it even  when he…

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Buhari Desperate to Stop Rice Smuggling But Lack Political Will To Destroy Seized Items

By Stephen Ubanna President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, appear desperate to stop  smuggling of foreign parboiled rice  from the neighbouring  Republic of Benin and Cameroun into the country  but lack the political will to destroy such seized   smuggled tems as obtained in the Asian country of Philippines. Maritime analysts had expected Buhari to take a cue from President Rodrigo Duterte  of Philippines anti-smuggling policy.  The Philippines President , according to analysts, do not believe in giving soft landing to  smugglers or channeling  back into the…

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Revenue: Anti-Government Policies Forces Customs Comptrollers Into Thinking

By Stephen Ubanna until last  May, 2018, there was no sign that  the  Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Tincan Island Command could leave up to expectation with its ranking  as a major revenue generating Command  of the Service  . This is because of the drop in the volume of cargo traffic at the port and the self assessment of imported vehicles policy of the Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and the Customs Comptroller   General. The low volume of cargo traffic  had been attributed  to the anti-trade policies of the  former President…

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Why Ali Pays Lip Service to Customs Officers Welfare?

By Stephen Ubanna For much of last year and now officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, had looked up to Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and the   Comptroller General,   to  improve on their remuneration package and solve the Accommodation problem facing  the Service. They were worried that  staff  of  the Nigeria national  Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, both revenue generating agencies, had better condition of Service as their own was nothing to write home about. Investigation by the Magazine shows that he…

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Stinking NIMASA

By  Stephen Ubanna For  much of last year and now, there had been rumours making the rounds that the  Dakuku Peterside led Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency , NIMASA,  is stinking  but nobody took it serious. The situation  was so bad that the House of Representatives  was flooded with petitions from 10 Human Rights Organisations to probe the agency  over alleged fictitious award of contracts and diversion of $492 million. The petitioners had  alleged that  officials and the ministry of Transport had collected  bribes  from   the Isreali owned  HLS…

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How FOU Reduced Smuggling Activities In The South West

By Stephen Ubanna For years rice and vehicle  smugglers in the southwest geo-political region were always smiling to the bank  while the economy suffers. The smuggling situation  may have forced Muhammed Uba Garba,  Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, and his men to go back to the drawing board on how to cage the smugglers by acting on credible intelligence. The effort of Muhammed  and his men  may have worked out  as the Command impounded 127,000, of ”50” bags of  foreign parboiled rice in 2017 alone. The rice…

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