Customs’ Bloody Anti-Smuggling Battle

By Bayo Bernard The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has thrown more effort to generating more revenue into the federation account since he was appointed to that post by President Muhammadu Buhari three years ago. Not less than N1.2 trillion was collected last year alone, said Joseph Attah, a deputy comptroller of customs and the service spokesman. It was the first time so much will be collected by the over 100 year NCS. But analysts say blood has been left on the trail of desperation on the…

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Customs Battle Bandits, Smugglers

By Bayo Bernard Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba , the controller in charge of Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS took over the command last October thinking that his major task is to collect revenue for the federal government, so he can make the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali happy. At least that’s what he thought. But few months after, he understands better that his job also includes catching arm robbers. Recently, he warned smugglers and saboteurs of the nation’s economy, who operate along the border between Nigeria…

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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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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: Fear Looms In Seme Over New Controller.

By Bayo Bernard Barely a month after Comptroller Muhammed Uba Garba took over the leadership of Seme Customs Command of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS uncertainty looms in both the camps of smugglers, men and officers of the command. Comptroller Uba took over from Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu barely a month ago in a major shake-up by the NCS that affected over 70 controllers across the country. The fear now, is whether the new customs boss will be able to rein in the smuggling ring made up of notorious smugglers and…

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Customs Mulls Promotion of Officers

Comptroller Jibrin, others on list By Bayo Bernard Feelers have emerged recently that the management of the Hameed Ali -led Nigerian Customs Service, NCS will soon promote some senior officers. The development came barely one month after over 70 controllers were redeployed to new formations, by the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali. Some officers affected in the shake-up are yet to recover from the shock, the magazine was told, particularly those who felt they were redeployed for political reasons. Some comptrollers affected in the shake are Abubakar Bashir who…

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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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