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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Customs: Anti-smuggling Officers Desperate To Win Ali’s Ear

By Stephen Ubanna officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, across the country , particular, the anti-smuggling officers , are working round the clock to win the ear of Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General , NCS, by arresting smugglers on the wanted list of the Service. The action may have been spurred by a recent article by the Source, that Customs officer turn another way to VIP vehicle smugglers for a price. From Lagos, Ogun, Kwara, Oyo, Osun, Cross river, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano,…

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Customs:How Executive Orders Are Abused

By Stephen UbannaOver the years, there had been rumors making the rounds of the abuse of Executive Orders by the Presidency in the release of impounded vehicles by the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS. From Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan to Muhammadu Buhari , the situation is the same: abuse of Executive orders to satisfy political interests. The situation, according a Customs source, was worse during the military era as it was very easy obtain Executive orders. The Enclopaedia Britainica described Executive Orders as the” President’s primary tools for the Management and…

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FOU Recovers Over N400 million Lost Revenue For FG In Six Months

By Stephen Ubanna For years, the Federal government had been losing billions of naira to importers with their clearing agents and Customs collaborators   at the seaports, airport and land border stations. The importers were said to have been shortchanging the government   through  wrong Classification of goods, transfer of value and under-payment. The  rot may have been exposed by Muhammed Uba Garba, Comptroller  Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A who took the battle to the areas. A senior Customs officer told the Magazine that Muhammed and his officers may appear to…

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FOU: An Herculean Task

By Stephen Ubanna Barely one week after Ibrahim Jibrin, the minister of  State Environment, visited Federal Operations Unit, FOU, , Zone A, Ikeja, to see things himself with the officials of Convention for International Trade on Endangered Species, CITES, officials  from Geneva, Switzerland, and a promise to see Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel, and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  on the need to reward officers and men of the Service who risk their lives to make spectacular seizures found in  Customs warehouses at Ikeja, it galvanised the officers in…

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Indians, Lebanese Not Barred From Clearing Cargo- Comptroller Musa

By Bayo Bernard The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS Apapa Command controller, Comptroller Musa Jibrin has rebuffed the timeworn belief that foreigners particularly, Asians are not allowed by Nigerian law to perform the function of cargo clearing in the country.  Some stakeholders in the maritime sector have lamented a situation whereby foreigners are allowed to clear goods at the nation’s ports, in the process taking away jobs meant for Nigerians. The proponents of this cause have  intensified the indigenisation campaign, so much so that pressure is being mounted on the federal…

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Customs Gives Relief To IDP Camps

By Stephen Ubanna Until last Friday, May 4, 2018, there was no sign that the Nigeria Army Corps of Supply and Transport, NACST, saddled with the responsibility of transporting relief materials from Customs Formations across the country would be coming to the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos. This is because of the news making the rounds that Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, had given the nod to the NACST to get its trucks ready to resume operation of transporting relief…

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Tramadol: A killer Drug

By Stephen Ubanna When Aminu Dahiru, an Assistant Comptroller General of Customs   and Coordinator of Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A, Lagos cried  out loud last April that tramadol, one of the pain relief drugs allegedly processed with Codeine by an India Pharmaceutical Company and pushed to the Nigeria market was having a negative effect on youths in the north many people did not believe him.  They dismissed his claim, insisting that it is like every other pain relief drug manufactured by Pharmaceutical companies in the country. But Dahiru  knew what…

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Tin-Can: Baba- Musa Institutes Joint Examination of Cargoes By Agencies

By Stephen Ubanna For Years, Customs officers and other Agencies personnel involved in the examination of Containerized cargoes at Tin-Can Island port  had been accused by stakeholders of creating artificial bottlenecks to extort money from them. The extortion  situation at the port and other ports in Lagos  was so pronounced as agents   were said to pursue   Officers  with their documents  to facilitate  the examination of their cargoes. John Elekwachi, a Lagos based  clearing agent told the Magazine that Officials of the agencies had their asking price depending on 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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