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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Expensive Mess Of The Rich

By Stephen Ubanna Hopes of Importers and other owners  whose expensive  vehicles   seized at  federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, on the orders of Mohammed Uba Garba, the Comptroller, appears dim. This is because Garba is not ready to release the vehicles  until the owners are ready to provide necessary Customs Clearance  Documents to facilitate the release of the vehicles. As at the last count, there 31 such expensive vehicles parked  at the Command premises ,  and the Customs warehouse, Ikeja. The Duty Paid Value , DPV, of the seized…

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