CURRENT CUSTOMS RECRUITMENT IS A SHAM, SENATOR DECLARES, SAYS IT IS LOPSIDED AND ILLICIT

Adeolu Adeyemo OSOGBO A member of the Upper Chamber, representing Osun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Francis Fadahunsi, at the weekend, kicked against the ongoing recruitment into the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) affirming that the exercise is a hoax. Senator Fadahunsi, a retired Assistant Comptroller General of Customs spoke in a statement made available to Sunday Telegraph in Osogbo. According to him, the exercise is a sham and perpetration of an unholy act by the Comptroller General of the NCS, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd). He accused him of superintending…

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BORDER CLOSURE NOT EFFECTIVE IN THE NORTH, AS RESIDENTS LIST ILLEGAL SMUGGLING ROUTES,

Allege complicity of security operatives List five illegal smuggling routes in Katsina Francis Sardauna in Katsina and Onuminya Innocent in Sokoto The directive of the federal government to shut all land borders across the federation was only effective in the south, THISDAY has learnt. In Badagry in Lagos State, Idi Iroko in Ogun State and Shaki in Oyo State, among others, THISDAY checks revealed that smuggling was no longer profitable due to strict border security operation across the land borders in the south. In Ogun State, THISDAY learnt, the stringent…

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RECRUITMENT FRAUD: CANDIDATES ACCUSE CUSTOMS OF DELIBERATELY SENDING INTERVIEW NOTICE HOURS TO THE EXERCISE

Shortlisted candidates in the ongoing recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have made allegations of fraud in the processes leading to the interview session. This is even as there are rumblings within the Service by officers over the alleged faulty processes of the exercise which, they lamented, was contracted out to a consultant. Only a few days ago, the Service advertised that it had shortlisted candidates for interview, which held on Thursday nationwide. However, it was observed that the Service failed to publish the full list of the…

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GROUP CALLS FOR PROBE AS CUSTOMS SPENDS 1.6BIL NAIRA ON RECRUITMENT OF 3,200 OFFICERS

Uche Usim and Steve Agbota Following the expenditure of N1.6 billion on the ongoing recruitment of 3,200 job seekers, stakeholders in the maritime sector have demanded probe of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd),  As a matter of exigency, the stakeholders also urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to wade into the matter, as others called for a public hearing. The Public Relations Officer of Customs, Joseph Attah, said it is wrong to attribute the sum to only…

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EMPLOYMENT: CUSTOMS SHORTLISTS 162,399 OUT OF 828,333 FOR APTITUDE TEST

Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Customs Service has shortlisted a total of 162,399 candidates for aptitude test in its recruitment exercise which began in 2019. The 162,399 candidates were selected out of the 828,333 candidates that applied to be recruited into the service. The 162,399 candidates represent about 19.6 per cent of the total number that applied for the recruitment exercise. The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, confirmed the development in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja. Attah in the statement said that the candidates were selected…

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THERE’S STILL MASSIVE CORRUPTION IN CUSTOMS SAYS FORMER ACG WHO IS NOW A SENATOR

A former Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, who is also the vice chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs, tells FEMI MAKINDE that proliferation of small arms is a big threat to Nigeria’s existence, among other issues Do you agree that the proliferation of small arms and light weapons is a major factor responsible for the lingering problems of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in the country? It is a factor. But if you remember, former President Olusegun Obasanjo formed a committee to address this issue of arms…

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HOW CUSTOMS CONTRIBUTE TO INFLATION BY STAKEHOLDERS

By Godfrey Bivbere ACTIVITIES of officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, to the nation’s port is contributing to the rising inflation in the country. Some stakeholders who spoke to  Vanguard Maritime Report  on the issue said the multiple examinations and valuations by NCS drives up the cost of imported goods which is passed on to the consumers. Deputy National President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, NCMDLCA, Adeniyi Ajayi, said that the Customs have multiple units that duplicates functions for them to meet…

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SOLDIERS TEAM UP WITH CUSTOMS IN LAGOS, BREAK SHOPS AND SEIZE BALES OF OKRIKA USED IMPORTED CLOTHES, SEE PICS, VIDEO

A joint team of Customs and Army officers have been accused of allegedly breaking into shops at Popo Street in Yaba, Lagos to allegedly confiscate second-hand clothings popularly known as Okirika. According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred on Sunday December 29 while most owners of the shops are away for the Christmas holiday. Facebook user, Onyekachi Titus who shared the story wrote; See wot is happing in my street right now at yaba Lagos popo street custom and army come to our street were dey are selling okirika dey break all…

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BORDER CLOSURE: FUEL CONSUMPTION DROPPED BY 70% IN ADAMAWA

Ibrahim Ciroma, Adamawa state operations controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), says the number of trucks entering Adamawa on a daily basis has reduced from 100 to between 30 and 40 Ciroma said this while on an inspection tour of villages in Bele, Maiha local government area and Gurin in Fufore local government area of the state. He said closure had ended fuel racketeering across the border and along the Adamawa borderline. “Prior to this closure, the number of trucks we received in Adamawa was up to 100…

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REPS INVESTIGATE CUSTOMS’ MISSING 14.6BILLION NAIRA

Members of the House of Representatives have begun an investigation into an alleged missing N14.8 billion at the Nigeria Customs Service. The lawmakers on the committee of public accounts began the probe into the circumstances leading to the improper audit of the NCS accounts for years. Daily Trust reports that the investigation by the committee followed a public hearing held on Monday, December 16, by the committee after a query by Nigeria’s auditor-general office on the services’ finances. WE gathered that questions raised by the audit include the finances of…

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