“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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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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HSF: Ali Laughs Last, As Mohammed Honors Riks’ and Two Other Patrol teams

By Stephen Ubanna Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is a happy man. Ali’s source of happiness, according to a senior Customs officer, who spoke to the Magazine, was  the impressive  performance of the Headquarters  Strike Force in its anti-smuggling operations in the country. There was the initial pressure on the Comptroller from both official and unofficial quarters that there was  no basis for the Strike Force, because of the existence of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, in the south west, south east, north…

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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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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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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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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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Customs :Low Cargo, More Revenue

By Stephen Ubanna Until December 26, 2017, there was no sign that the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, could be able to generate a trillion naira for the government for the year. This is because of the low volume of cargo traffic into the nations seaports , airports and the land border stations. More worrisome was the ban of 41 frequently imported high yielding revenue items from accessing the Forex market  by the Godwin Emefiele led Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.  The items, which include rice, private airplanes and jets, steel…

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