By Stephen Ubanna
More facts have emerged why Olusemire, Kayode, Comptroller , Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone C, and other Area Comptrollers are putting a close tab on the seized Contrabands including vehicles , deposited in Government Warehouses, GWH, under their control. This is because the records of all seized goods kept in the GWH including the vehicles are daily communicated to Hameed Ali, a retired Army Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.
perhaps to ensure adequate security of the seized Contrabands in the GWH, most of the Comptrollers were said to have security measures to monitor what is happening in the warehouses to ensure its records are not falsified.
Kayode, the FOU, Zone C, Comptroller, who was one of those Area Comptrollers that have taken adequate security measures to protect the seized goods at the GWHs under the control of the Command in Benin, Edo state, Enugu, Enugu state, Owerri, Imo state and Calabar. Cross River state was said to have installed Close Circuit Television, CCTV, at the offices of the officers in-charge of these various warehouses who directly to him.
It was not surrising why the usual strange faces in most of the GWH, across the country could not be found in Benin, Enugu or Calabar. Insiders informed the Value News that the CCT documents every activities of the officers in the warehouses ranging from when seized Contrabands are received in the warehouse from the patrol team leader. If the items had to do with foreign parboiled rice, the quantities are recorded and the recorded forwarded to the Ahmadu Shuaibu, an Assistant Comptroller in-charge of the Command’s Operations and the Area Comptroller, who in turn forwards the records to the Comptroller General ‘s office.
The source disclosed that the CCTV, also documents the change of duties at each of the GWH, including a record of items handed over daily . That much was confirmed by the Command area Comptroller who disclosed that the CCTV ”monitors the day to day activities of the officers in the GWH.
Maritime watchers believe that there may not have been any scandal in any of the GWHs under the Control of the Command in the south east and the Niger Delta regions the GWHs are not only being policed by his officers alone.
It was gathered that the Headquarters’ Strike Force, HSF, officers and the resident officers are also drafted to join the FOU, Zone C, officers to police the GWHs. It was not surprising why it is difficult for any officer to conceive any plan to sell any item in the warehouse without being implicated by other officers.
Kayode, the Command Area Comptroller was said to have made clear from the
Another Customs Area Comptroller, who was said to
With the installed CCTV in his Ikeja office, Aliyu, according to sources monitors the activities of the officers in the GWHs including the goods and vehicles seized or detained. The
As a prelude to
The Customs Comptroller was said to extended the same treatment to the restaurant operators around the Command premises by demolishing their shops to closely monitor the officers and their activities. Note that there was an instance when poultry products earmarked for destruction in the Command had been smuggled out in a bus for sales to arranged buyers but was allegedly frustrated by the Customs Comptroller loyalists at the GWH, who quickly contacted him about the deal while out of station.
The officers involved in the alleged deal in the GWH were detained and later redeployed when the information leaked out on the orders of Aliyu, the Customs the Comptroller. The rot may have forced him to overhaul the management of the warehouse by placing it under the Command Operations and Lagos Roving Team headed by Riks Lura, a Chief Superintendent of Customs.
Insiders informed The Value News since he took Administrative decision about a year ago, there have been proper record keeping of and handover from one team guarding the GWH o to another. Unlike in the past, where the GWH officers could do anything including smuggling out 50Kg bags of foreign parboiled rice or processed vegetable oil for sales because of lack of proper supervision.The usual crowd of women found around the vicinity of the GWH, close the Customs Training School, Ikeja, where the seized consumables like foreign parboiled rice, processed vegetable oil , secondhand clothing, Jewelries and other Contrabands are kept were said to have have disappeared as CSC Lura, has his undercover officers on ground to monitor the GWH activities both day and night to avoid caught unawares by the Comptroller who may an urgent information at any time to be sent to Abuja. A visitor to the Customs Training school would find a patrol van manned fierce looking officers armed to the teeth stationed on the street leading to the warehouse to keep a close tap on what is happening in GWH.
The situation in Seme Command GWH is more interesting where Mohammed Uba Garba, the no nosence Area Comptroller of the Command has sanitised it by putting it under the firm management and control of Adahunson Rashid , a Deputy Comptroller in-charge of the Command Enforcement.
Eyewitness account said the rot associated with the GWH in the past has disappeared as the Customs Deputy Comptroller who is still occupying the old of the Command at the land border patrols between his office and GWH daily. This may have made it difficult for any officer at the GWH to do anything funny to avoid incuring the wrath of Garba, the Area Comptroller. the Comptroller has a policy: no item ket in the GWH should be removed by any unauthorised person because it is a government which must e accounted for at every point in time to the Customs Headquarters.
Abdullahi Dahiru Kirawa, a Deputy Comptroller and National Coordinator, HSF, said that much as well.
Take for instance the ongoing
Ali, the Customs boss ,was said to have set a Committee, which include Joseph Attah, a deputy Comptroller and the Customs Spokes person to handle exercise. The Committee has visited FOU, Zone A, Seme Command to carry out the exercise and were satisfied that there was no area of conflict in their records, an indication that seize goods kept in GWH, are in safehands, particular in the FOU Zone C and Zone controlled GWHs. The Value News may not have much to say about the GWH s in the north as it had not watched the operations in any of the GWHs in the Customs Commands in the region.