Customs Promote 2,508 Officers As Four Join Management Team

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A file photo of Customs operatives.



The Nigeria Customs Service Board has approved the appointment of a Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs (DCG), three Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs (ACG), as well as the promotion of 2,508 officers to various ranks.

The DCG and ACGs were subsequently appointed as members of the management of the Service.

They are DCG David Chikan, ACG Kashim Ajiya, ACG Dinatu Umaru, and ACG Yusuf Bashar.

Notable in the promotion is the elevation of Deputy Comptrollers A.D. Sanusi, U.S. Buhari, and A.I. Alfa among others to the rank of Comptroller.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd), congratulated the new members of management and the promoted officers.

He also asked them to see their elevations as a call to greater responsibilities and urged them to double their efforts to consolidate on the gains of the ongoing Service reforms.

According to a statement dated November 20 by the Public Relations Officer of Customs, Mr Joseph Attah, the promotion took effect from January 1, 2018.

A breakdown of the promotion showed that 30 officers were promoted from Deputy Comptroller to Comptroller of Customs, 115 from Assistant Comptroller to Deputy Comptroller, while 145 were elevated from Chief Superintendent of Customs to Assistant Comptroller.

Forty-three officers were also promoted from Superintendent to Chief Superintendent, 117 officers from Deputy Superintendent to Superintendent, and 565 officers from Assistant Superintendent I to Deputy Superintendent.

The Board promoted 998 officers from Superintendent of Customs II to Assistant Superintendent of Customs I, as well as 505 personnel from Inspector of Customs to Assistant Superintendent of Customs II.

Kwara CP Warns Officers Against Searching People’s Phones

Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun


The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has warned officers against searching people’s phone with the intent of extorting money, stressing it’s unethical for them to do so.

While briefing officers and journalists at the State Command in Ilorin, the police boss said extortion is a criminal offence and will attract a stiff penalty.

“It’s unethical to seize and start searching anybody’s mobile phone on the road. The practice of searching the phone of an individual on the road for evidence of internet fraud amounts to conducting a roadside investigation,” he stated.

Egbetokun noted that he is worried of some media reports of how some policemen on highway patrol would stop and search the phones of young undergraduate.

More worrisome, he explained, is the demand of about N2,000 before their phones could be released to the students suspected to be internet fraudsters.

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While vowing that the Command under his watch would not condone such an act, the Commissioner warned officers to desist from such activities.

According to him, it is a criminal offence for any policeman to extort any member of the public by demanding money before releasing their mobile set.

“In some of these cases, the young men mostly university undergraduates are made to part with a little or as much as N2,000 for their releases or the release of their phones.

“The Command frowns at this ugly trend and will stop at nothing in identifying and dealing with culprits of these acts.

“It becomes a criminal offence if that (search) intends in extortion or done with an intent to extort. Al policemen in this command, especially patrolmen are constantly being reminded that extortion while bearing firearms completes the ingredients of the offence of armed robbery.

“Henceforth, any policeman found to be engaging in any form of extortion while armed on the highway will be arrested, detained, tried and if found guilty, dismissed and charged with armed robbery,” he said.

Arik Air Takeover: Court Fixes May 15 For Ruling

Arik Air Takeover: Court Fixes May 15 For RulingThe Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed for May 15, its ruling on two preliminary objections arising from the takeover of Arik Air Limited by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

The Corporation had on February 8, 2017 announced that it had taken over Arik Air Limited.

AMCON said the step was taken to save the airline from collapse and in the best interest of the general public, workers, creditors and other interest groups in the aviation sector.

A legal practitioner, Mr Oluseye Opasanya, was then appointed as the Receiver Manager of Arik Air Limited, following its takeover by AMCON.

By an ex parte application on February 8, AMCON secured an injunction restraining the airline’s “shareholders, directors, creditors, managers, officers, employees, servants, consultants, agents, representatives (and) privies” from interfering with Mr Opasanya’s power to manage Arik Air.

However, four persons who were aggrieved by the court order – Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, Chris Ndule, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide and Sangowawa Olubiyi – filed a preliminary objection through their lawyer, Mr Babajide Koku.

They accused Mr Opasanya and the lawyer representing AMCON, Professor Koyinsola Ajayi, of engaging in professional misconduct and urged the court to void all the processes so far filed by Professor Ajayi on behalf of the Corporation and Mr Opasanya.

The grounds of their objection was that Ajayi and Opasanya are both lawyers practising in the law firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP.

Mr Koku argued that by virtue of Rule 17 of Professional Conduct of Legal Practitioners 2007, neither Ajayi nor any other lawyer from the law firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP could appear in a case where Opasanya was a plaintiff.

Opposing the preliminary objection, Ajayi stated that there was a distinction between Opasanya and the law firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP where Opasanya works, and that there was no law stopping anyone from the law firm from representing Opasanya.

He also filed a preliminary objection challenging the locus standi of Koku’s clients to file the preliminary objection.

Professor Ajayi argued that they were not parties in the suit in question which AMCON and Opasanya filed against Arik Air and the Inspector General of Police.

He described them as interlopers who should not be heard and urged Justice Mohammed Idris who is hearing the case to dismiss the preliminary objection by Koku’s clients.

After hearing both preliminary objections on Friday, Justice Idris adjourned till May 15, 2017 for his ruling.

Military Has Degraded Boko Haram Insurgents In North East- Minimah

Boko haramIn spite of the latest attacks  by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State that claimed several lives,  the Chief of Army Staff, LT. General Kenneth Minimah says the terrorists have been seriously degraded by troops of the Nigerian Military.           

He broke the news during the  passing out ceremony of 152 officers of the  Direct Short Service Course 22 at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Corps, Jaji in Kaduna state.

Their commissioning is part of the federal government’s effort in curbing terrorism in the country through injection of fresh hands  into the force.

For six months, the officers  were subjected to rigorous physical fitness training to develop their endurance level, and also received lectures on counter terrorism operations.

Addressing the newly commissioned officers, General Minimah told them  that they would be joining the rank of officers and men who have demonstrated gallantry and valour in defence of their father land ‎against the terrorists. And therefore, must display a high level of competence and  leadership for the support service of the Nigerian Army.

While reminding the officers that the Nigerian Army operates on a philosophy of zero tolerance for misconduct and cowardice, General Minimah told them that, the authorities would demand nothing short of the very best from them.

The Nigerian Army School of Infantry has been a major facilitator and force multiplier in the training of gallant officers, soldiers and also in the fight against terrorism, through effective training of Army personnel and officers of other sister agencies.