Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali has requested for the files of serving Customs officers found to have been involved in corrupt practices in the past with a view to determining their fate over the next few days.
Ali, who formally resumed duties as the new Customs boss on Thursday last week said that President Muhammadu Buhari gave him a three-point mandate to reform, restructure and boost Customs revenue.
“The mandate he has given me are three basic things: go to Customs, reform Customs, restructure Customs and increase the revenue generation, simple. I don’t think that is ambiguous, I don’t think that is cumbersome. It is precise and I believe that is what all of you are here to do,” Ali told Customs officers in Abuja on Thursday.
In fulfilling the mandate, PM News gathered that Ali, over the weekend, in addition to demanding for the files of top officers of the NCS especially those from the ranks of Comptrollers and above, also reportedly enlisted the support of the Department for State Security (DSS) to investigate top Customs officers especially Customs Area Controllers, Assistant Comptroller-Generals and Deputy Comptroller-Generals to track down their wealth and property across the country.
“It goes beyond sacking them. Many of them will forfeit illegally acquired property to government in addition to losing their jobs. Some will also be prosecuted. It is the beginning of a new era in Customs. It can no longer be business as usual,” a source at the Presidency told PM News.
The source said President Buhari was particularly concerned about high level of corrupt in the NCS and the perception that “Customs is one of the most corrupt agencies in the country”.
It was also gathered that a mass purge is imminent in the Service as part of efforts to carry out the President’s directive.
It was also gathered that the past Customs Comptroller-General, Dikko Abdullahi’s tenure will be probed with a view to recovering lost revenue.
Ali has also reportedly directed the implementation of zero tolerance for smuggling, underdeclaration and Customs duty evasion.
“Any importer or agent found culpable for any gof these acts going forward will be prosecuted. No more slap on the wrist as it used to happen in the past,” a Customs officer who did not want his name in print told PM News.
Diddy finally reaches out to Niniola after four years of sending him DMs without response
Top Nigerian Afrobeats songstress, Niniola, and American music star cum businessman, Diddy are set to collaborate.
The duo linked up for the very first time via video call after Diddy was informed about her music and he showed interest in working with her.
It is a story of divine providence and destiny as Niniola sent DM to the rapper as far as 2018, but she never got a response until four years later.
Fast-forward to 2022, and faith had beautiful plans for the singer who was eventually connected with the music executive.
Niniola did not only did get a response from Diddy, but also a spoke with him via FaceTime and he explained the whole situation.
According to the Bad Boy Records CEO, he just never saw her messages because of flooded DMs, however, when he started scouting for an artiste to hop on his Afrobeats remix, someone suggested Niniola.
It was when he tried to send her a message via Instagram that he saw tht had previoulsy DM’s him but he never knew.
Niniola who shared a video of her speaking with the award-winning musician, noted that dreams do come through.
Ed Sheeran faces trial for plagiarism on ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Ed Sheeran, a British megastar, will testify in court to defend himself against claims that he plagiarized Marvin Gaye for his international hit song “Thinking Out Loud.”
Ed Sheeran, a top-charting artist and internationally successful pop star, has been informed by a federal judge that he must go to trial in response to claims that he plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s 1973 smash song “Let’s Get It On” on his 2014 track “Thinking Out Loud.”
In his application to the court, Ed Sheeran argued that the copyright claims should be rejected because they were “baseless” and “far too frequent.”
The plaintiffs claim that Ed Sheeran and his writing partner Amy Wadge copied and exploited, without authorization or credit the Marvin Gaye song, “including but not limited to the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation, and looping.” They are seeking $100 million (£90 million) in damages.
A lawsuit was recently filed against Ed Sheeran and his songwriting partners John McDaid and Steven McCutcheon over claims that a chorus from their song “Shape of You” was lifted verbatim from Ross O’Donoghue and Sami Chokri 2015 single “Oh Why.”
The High Court Judge ruled that the imitation was “not purposefully nor unconsciously” made during the trial that took place in March 2022. Ed and his co-defendants were given £900,000 in costs.
Ed wrote on his Instagram page following the court decision that he hoped it would put an end to more unfounded claims. Ed Sheeran is not yet getting his desire, though, as he must deal with another lawsuit.
Mr Ibu joins ‘Obidient’ rally in Jos despite endorsing Tinubu (Video)
Mr. Ibu, the comic actor, has joined a rally being held in the name of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).
A large crowd trooped out on Wednesday evening to receive Obi and Yusuf Datti, his running mate, in Jos.
The visit came as the campaign season for the 2023 election officially kicked off in accordance with the timetable.
The crowd and Obi’s team assembled at Rwang Pam township stadium for the rally amid cheers from supporters.
In the crowd was Mr Ibu who would later take to the podium to deliver a short solidarity speech for Obi.
“He is ready to rule us. He is ready to take up the seat of the president. I want you to be obidient,” he said.
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