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CUSTOMS CONCESSION CONTRACT SHROUDED IN SECRECY?…Fmr Customs CG.

CUSTOMS CONCESSION CONTRACT SHROUDED IN SECRECY?…Fmr Customs CG.

Breaking News, Port News
 Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali A former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hamman Bello Ahmed, has raised an alarm on the controversial $3.1b Customs modernization Contract , saying the whole process was shrouded in secrecy and in flagrant violation of the Public Procurement Act. Ahmed who spoke with Shipping World Exclusively with Shipping World, said " to the best of my knowledge , the entire process was fraught with fraud and so much in Secrecy. For instance, did you see any public notice in the National Dailies asking for bids. How did they arrive at the preferred bidder? How was the technical team picked and what was the evaluation process?, he asked. The Customs boss took serious exceptions to the way and manner the cont...
Hameed Ali’s Comments on WTO, ACFTA: Customs replies Emeka Akabogu

Hameed Ali’s Comments on WTO, ACFTA: Customs replies Emeka Akabogu

Breaking News, Maritime
Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali The attention of Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a gross misinterpretation of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) on his presentation at the public hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance. A write-up by a supposed learned personality on Maritime matters, going viral on social media unfortunately misrepresented the CGC’s position on Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement erroneously misinforming the public that the CGC is against the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement/Facilitation, because it will affect revenue collection. On the contrary, the CGC’s position was in support of increased local production for the nation to benefit from the forthcoming ACFTA. He explained the i...
REVEALED!!! HAMEED ALI WAS NOT INVITED TO MARITIME AGENCIES MEETING.

REVEALED!!! HAMEED ALI WAS NOT INVITED TO MARITIME AGENCIES MEETING.

Breaking News
Contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali snubbed an invitation to attend yesterday's meeting of Heads of Maritime Agencies which was hosted by Dr Bashir Jamoh,  Director General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA in Lagos, Shipping World magazine can report on good authority that the Customs Chief was indeed not invited to the parley.   All The CEOs at the meeting   A usually dependable source at  Customs House,  Abuja confided in this magazine that no formal letter of invitation was indeed extended to Hameed Ali. Said the source who pleaded for anonymity,  " I am in position to know if such an invitation was extended to my boss, i can tell you categorically that there...
Mohammed Abba Kura: The hallmark of a man who puts country first.

Mohammed Abba Kura: The hallmark of a man who puts country first.

Breaking News, Maritime, Port News, Profile
His name is Mohammed Abba Kura. He is a Comptroller of Customs and the helmsman of the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service. I call him "No 1", by virtue of the fact that he superintends over the nation's premier command of the Nigeria Customs Service. In terms of operations and revenue generation, the Apapa Command accounts for over 35 percent of Customs activities nationwide. With less than two weeks to the end of the year, the command has already surpassed its revenue target for 2019. With over N414billion in the federation account the command under the watch of Compt Abba Kura has a lot to celebrate. The Customs helmsman who took journalists on a guided media tour of over 100 containers seized from unscrupulous importers, is apparently impressed with the performan...
Hameed Ali to Importers: Pay Correct Duty and Get Your Seized Vehicles Back

Hameed Ali to Importers: Pay Correct Duty and Get Your Seized Vehicles Back

Breaking News, Business, Port News
Succour might have come the way of vehicle owners to get back their seized vehicles courtesy the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd). Some of the seized vehicles The new relief is contained in a Circular No HQ/005, 2019 titled ” Detention and Seizure of Vehicles” sighted by our Correspondent yesterday. The circular which was signed by AOB Fatade, an Assistant Comptroller General of Customs on behalf of the CG and copied to all DCGs, ACGs, Area Comptrollers and Unit heads reads. “The Comptroller General of Customs has directed that henceforth, all vehicles detained or subject to detention should be allowed to pay the correct and complete customs duty with 25% penalty levy.” The statement however gave an exception to alread...
Receive EGUNJE and risk jail term – -Customs boss

Receive EGUNJE and risk jail term – -Customs boss

Breaking News, Port News
The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali has warned officers and men of the service to desist from all forms of illegality or risk being arrested and jailed. Col Ali gave the warning in Calabar while addressing a joint parade of officers and men of the service and those of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, during an inspection visit to border posts in Cross River. Ali, who visited Ikang border post in Bakassi Local Government area of the state and the Calabar Shore Line, said the days of illegality in the services were over. According to him, the Nigerian Customs Service has been repositioned for better and effective service delivery for the growth of the Service and the country. “The days of illegality in the Service are over. It’s high ti...
Anti Smuggling Patrol: Customs inaugurates two gun boats

Anti Smuggling Patrol: Customs inaugurates two gun boats

Breaking News, Maritime
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday inaugurated two seagoing specialized security gunboats acquired in 2015 by the immediate past Comptroller-General, Abdullahi Inde Dikko, to boost Nigeria’s anti-smuggling capacity on waters. The boats were acquired towards the end of Dikko’s administration. The present Col. Hameed Ali (retd) led leadership, on assumption of office in 2015 abandoned the patrol boats, which procurement was approved on May 9, 2012 by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) of the former President Goodluck Jonathan. Business and Maritime West Africa learnt that the patrol boats, which wasted away for years at the Marina Jetty in Lagos were acquired at over N3billion. It was also gathered that the failure of the service to utilize these boats led t...
FG Records Massive Seizures at Borders

FG Records Massive Seizures at Borders

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature, Port News, Press Release
Three weeks into the intensive joint border patrol by the security agencies, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has announced massive seizures and arrests from the 4 sectors of North West, North Central, South West, and South South geopolitical zones. Seizures and arrests made so far include 100 illegal migrants, 8,360-50kg bags of parboiled rice; 122 bags of fertilizer; 77 vehicles; 781 drums of PMS as well as 16, 371 200 litres empty drums, 1,491 packs of assorted drugs; 3 outboard 40HP Engines; 13 cotonu boats; 185 drums of groundnut oil; 6 trucks; 114 motorcycles; among other items with 117 suspects. As part of the efforts to sustain the border patrol along the national borderlines, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), Comp...
Customs Seizes N5b Tramadol, Other Drugs in Lagos

Customs Seizes N5b Tramadol, Other Drugs in Lagos

Breaking News, News Feature
By Ismail Aniemu Operatives of Nigeria Customs Service Strike Force have seized tramadol and other drugs worth over N5b in a Sallah holiday patrol in Lagos Briefing newsmen at the Customs Training College in Lagos, Spokesman for the service, Joseph Attah disclosed that the drugs were being moved on Sunday during recent Eid El Kabir Muslim celebration Attah, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs said ” Operating on the erroneous belief that festive period is a time of merriment and less vigilance, smugglers of illicit drugs attempted to move their deadly drugs from Lagos to other part of the country “On Sunday, August 13,2019 at about 2am, the operatives of Headquarters Strike Force intercepted one truck laden with dreaded codein ,tramadol and other controlled pain ...
ALIYU SAIDU: I am a Customs Officer by Accident, My  First love Remains the Army.

ALIYU SAIDU: I am a Customs Officer by Accident, My First love Remains the Army.

Breaking News, Maritime, Port News
Comptroller Aliyu Galadima Saidu, who oversees the Onne Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has zero tolerance for indiscipline. While growing up he had this undying passion to join the army." I love and admire the military because of the level of discipline and the way the command structure works",he says . He said his passion for the army was fueled by his grandfather who was nicknamed " 8 Generals" and was Defence Minister in charge of the Army in the first republic.He said his grand father Galadinma, drated the likes of IBB and Late Gen Mamman Vatsa and 6 others all of whom became Generals in the Army. But young Aliyu was to chicken out of the Nigeria Defence Academy on account of the rigorous training at the elite military Academy in Zaria ....