March 28, 2023

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New Customs FOU boss, Ejibunu declares war on smugglers

Newly appointed Controller, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A, Deputy Comptroller Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu, has vowed to take the war against smuggling to the criminals in Lagos and Ogun States respectively.

Speaking during a brief handover ceremony held at the unit’s headquarters in Lagos on Friday, Ejibunu stated that all those involved in smuggling must be regarded as enemies of the nation.

He said smugglers are economic saboteurs and must be treated as criminals.

While thanking the officers and men of the Unit for the warm reception he got on arrival, the Customs boss solicits the support of the officers in taking the Service to greater heights.

He further appealed for unity among officers in the course of discharging their duties just as he encouraged them to utilize their intellect by making positive inputs that would take the Service to great heights.

“Everybody should think of what to do for the Service and not only what to gain from it,” he said.

The out-gone Controller of the unit, Deputy Comptroller Usman Biri Yahaya expressed his gratitude to officers/men of the Unit for their unflinching support and cooperation towards the success of his administration.

He urged officers and men of the unit to extend the same cooperation to the newly appointed Controller, noting that the success of the unit depends on team work.

He advised his successor to run an inclusive administration, while assuring him of the possibility of surpassing the successes made so far.

“Be reminded that challenges are bound to come your way but no matter how tough the challenges may be, they are surmountable. I want to passionately appeal to officers to offer the new Controller their maximum support in the discharge of their duties” he said.

Deputy Compt. Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu enrolled in the Nigeria Customs Service in 1991 as a commissioned officer. A seasoned officer, trained by the Service both within and outside Nigeria on Customs operations and procedures.

He had served in different capacities and worked in all the six geo-political Zones of the country. Prior to his recent posting, he was the Commander, Comptroller-General Strike Force Headquarters Team. He also worked at Ondo/Ekiti and Tin can Island Commands as the Deputy Comptroller Enforcement.