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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Customs: Abandoned Patrol Boats Turned Drain Pipe

By Stephen Ubanna The last may not have been heard about the multi- million naira  water ways anti-smuggling security patrol boats , procured by    former President Goodluck Jonathan Administration for the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, in 2015. The procurement of the patrol boats was at he instance of the then Management of NCS  led  by  Abdullahi Dikko, now retired, to boost its marine anti-smuggling operations which was  at its lowest ebb because of lack of functional patrol boats and other operational equipment to confront the water ways smugglers who use…

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CUSTOMS: Ali’s ‘Men’ Head For Showdown

By Bayo Bernard   The story of how three Customs Controllers landed the most lucrative commands in Lagos can never be exhausted. But what is now agog within top officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS  is the looming confrontation among the three controllers believed to be very close to the Controller General of Customs, Col. Hamid Ali(rtd).   The controllers are Jibril Musa , Yusuf Bashar in charge of the Apapa and Tin can Customs command, and Muahammed Uba Garba of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja.…

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