*Vowed to make the Zone uncomfortable for smugglers
By Silas Onuoha
Comptroller Ali Ibrahim has assumed duty as new Controller of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’ (FOUC) Owerri
Speaking while addressing his principal Officers in Owerri, Ibrahim, who congratulated his predecessor, Mr Yusuf Lawal on his successful retirement prayed God’s blessings in his future endeavours and urged his officers to maintain the status quo by making sure they record monumental seizures and raise maximum DN.
Thanking the Comptroller General, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) for the opportunity to serve, Comptroller Ibrahim pledged his unwavering commitment to the fight against smuggling.
He called on officers and men of FOU Zone “C” to fully cooperate with him for best results while assuring them of his commitment to their welfare.
He also charged journalists on positivity and objectivity while pledging his readiness to synergize with them for the overall good of the FOUC in particular and Nigeria Customs Service in general
” I congratulate my friend and brother on his successful retirement and pray God to grant everyone of us the grace to peacefully retire in good health.
” I also thank the Comptroller General and his management team for the opportunity to serve and I pledge my commitment to service in line with my constitutional mandate.
” May I use this opportunity to solicit maximum cooperation from our men and officers and to ensure compliance with the current import and export guidelines as well as warn smugglers that with our planned water-tight security, FOUC will be made uncomfortable for their illicit activities “, he said.
In a vote of thanks, the DC in charge of FOUC Administration, DC Sunday Opakanmi described Lawal as a God-fearing, astute and friendly father figure whose achievements were written in gold and prayed God to grant him a long life and peace of mind to enable him enjoy his retirement.
Speaking, Mr Joseph Adelaja, an assistant comptroller of customs incharge of Aba/Eleme patrol base prayed God’s blessings on the new Comptroller while wishing him a successful time in the zone.
Also, Mr Ibrahim Usman , An Assistant Comptroller of Customs and OC in charge of port-harcourt information patrol team, pledged his support for the new comptroller and called on men and officers of FOUC to maximally cooperate with the new leadership which will bring about spectacular seizures especially at this ember season.
The event had a plethora of men and officers in attendance from various units and outstations under the zone.