Customs: We Said So

By Bayo Bernard On August 20, The Source magazine published a story titled “Customs Mulls Promotion of Officers: Comptroller Musa Tops List.” The magazine had predicted that the former Area Controller of Apapa Command, Comptroller Musa Jibrin was among deserving officers penciled down for promotion by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col.  Hameed Ali(rtd). It was also mentioned in the story that another shake-up was imminent in the service, few weeks after the NCS management redeployed over 70 officers across the country. Thus less than 50 days after that publication,…

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Customs: FG Prepares Officers As Trade With China Expands

By Bayo Bernard On Friday September 14, three top officers of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS alongside the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria, took flight ET900 from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from where they eventually connected a five-hour hectic flight to Beijing. The officers who were on the trip to the People’s Republic of China, are Aminu Dahiru, coordinator Zone A of NCS, Muhammed Uba Garba, Area Controller of Seme command and Comptroller Baba Abdullahi Musa, Controller Tin can…

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Customs: Controller Rallies Army, Airforce Against Smugglers

By Bayo Bernard Comptroller Muhammed Uba Garba appears to have realized early enough that the braggadocio strategy employed by his predecessors to tackle the hydra headed smuggling along Seme, the border post between Nigeria and Benin Republic will not be enough to rein in the menace on the long run. The new Area Controller of Seme command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS on arrival at his new post, barely two months ago had sat down with some top officers in the command to chart strategy against smuggling in one…

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Customs: N1.3 trn. Revenue Target On Course- Ali

By Bayo Bernard Business Editor The initial fears that the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS may not surpass the revenue target of N1.3 tr. for the 2018 fiscal year appears to be declining. The federal government has set the target for the Col. Hameed Ali-(rtd) led service in this year’s budget. For the year ending 2017, the service surpassed its revenue target of N1.2 billion by over N10 billion. In 2016, the Customs revenue target was N937 billion but the service only net N898 billion; while in 2015, the Service’s target was…

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Customs: Ali Rewards Loyalists In Major Shake-up

Heads to Roll Soon Among ACGs, DCGs   By Bayo Bernard The Nigerian Customs Service, NCS has disclosed that the shakeup last week was done majorly to punish perceived disloyal elements of Controller General of Customs, Hameed Ali in the Service. The development came few days after the Service redeployed 70 controllers across the country. In a message sent to the magazine by the NCS Spokesperson, Joseph Attah, a deputy controller of customs, the NCS said disloyalty will not be allowed in the service. “In a paramilitary organization like Nigeria…

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Customs: Disquiet Among DCGs, ACGs Over Ali

Two weeks ago the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS held a press conference in Abuja, since then the convener of the parley who’s also the spokesman of the Service, Joseph Attah, a deputy controller of customs has been expressing his frustration discreetly with the current management of the service, led by Hameed Ali over failure to provide logistic for him to perform his duty as the image maker of the NCS. What happened? Attah had approached the CG to approve funds for logistics to carry out the event. He was shocked…

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Promotion: Ali Disappoints Officers?

By Stephen Ubanna Officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, appear disappointed over the  the release of the last promotion examination by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General of the Service as may were said to have failed. The Customs Officers were said to have read widely for the promotion examination because of the assurance by the Comptroller General that the exercise would be based on merit. He was said to have assured  them that the result would not be delayed a day longer than necessary. …

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Customs: Mohammed Wins Double

By Bayo Bernard Last Friday March 9 was a historic one for Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba, Controller in charge of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A. Mohammed sat in his office that day as usual not knowing what fate had in the kitty for him. The big bang for him came later that day when he got a letter of recommendation from his boss in Abuja, Col Hameed Ali( rtd) appreciating giving him a head up for the anti-smuggling effort since he became head of the Unit. Early that day…

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Smuggling: FOU, Smugglers in Battle of Wits

By Bayo Bernard Barely two weeks after the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun approved the purchase of 50 operational vehicles for the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS to combat smuggling in the country, smugglers have also devised new tactic of evading security agencies. From all indications, however, the NCS shows no sign of giving up in the ongoing battle of wits. Following the appointment of Col, Hameed Ali (retd) as Comptroller General of Customs the noose was seriously tightened on vehicle smugglers, particularly from the Cotounou, Republic of Benin border end…

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Customs: Big Task For Baba Musa

  By Bayo Bernard At last the hammer has fallen on Comptroller Bashar Yusuf from Abuja, headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS where Colonel Hameed Ali (retd) is the chief presiding officer. The magazine had predicted towards the end of last year that CGC Ali will redeploy his beloved controller from Tin can, in its November edition titled ‘Ali Men Head for Showdown.” Therefore, from January 29, 2018 Comptroller Bashar, credited with modest success as the officer  in charge of the Tin Can Island command of the NCS, due…

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