October 1, 2023

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How Customs Officer U.B Yahaya Is Using His Position To Steal People’s Properties

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The nefarious acts of many of the country’s uniformed men sometimes make one take the men of the underworld as priests. There have been many cases of excess by these men in uniform that have resulted in the death of many innocent Nigerians. It is on record what they sometimes do to one another; the recent incident between the police and soldiers in the Badagry axis ofLagosis still fresh in our memory and the talk of Badagry brings to mind many atrocities some men of the Uniform commits in their quest to get quick money.

It has come to our notice the activities of one Customs officer who was formerly manning the Gbaji check point along theLagos-BeninRepublicroad somewhere after Badagry inLagosState. The man in question, an assistant comptroller of the Nigerin Customs, has the name U B Yahaya tag on his uniform and he’s said to have formed the habit of seizing goods without taking them to the Customs general warehouse.

He recently seized some goods said to be in the region of N7 million apart from the clearing levy from one, Prince Dapo Adenigbagbe, a Customs Licensed clearing and forwarding agent.

According to Adenigbagbe, it all began on the 1st of March this year when he was returning from Seme in Benin Republic, from where the goods were sent by the agent that freighted it; the goods consisted of 700 pieces of Jeans trousers which were in a bag and 1638 pieces of Polo T-shirt that were in 3 bags.

The agent who said the contents of his bags were dutiable items, claimed that the customs at the first check point searched the goods and after they realised they were not contraband, allowed him to leave, only for Yahaya, who is an Assistant Comptroller of Customs, to stop him few feet away from the check point and ask one of his boys – one Tahiru – to start offloading the bags. After that he put the wears in sacks totalling 14. Yahaya then told him he should pay N50,000 for each sack; the total money demanded from him being N700,000. When he tried to plead with Yahaya, the Customs man declared the goods would be taken to the warehouse in Ikeja. Prince Dapo Adenigbagbe was satisfied as his goods were dutiable goods.

He explained further that his next trip to the place the following morning to confirm when they would be moving his goods to the warehouse, was when he got to realise that a red Ford bus came to move some goods that had been seized by Yahaya before his. They included 150 gallons of vegetable oil, he said. By the time he got there on the fourth day his goods were said to have been moved to the warehouse. He decided to check at the warehouse but was shocked when he was told his goods had not been brought there after he was shown the log book.

He said subsequent effort to get his goods proved futile as the log book showed the goods were never brought to the warehouse. This prompted him to report the case to the police. After that he asked his lawyer to write the Comptroller of the Lagos Federal Unit, and after that the Lagos Comptroller called Yahaya to report to office where Yahaya confirmed seizing his good and that of others which were not reflected in the log book at the warehouse. The comptroller then asked Yahaya to go and sort himself out as he had brought all that on himself.

“I was surprised when after that time the lawyer who had collected money from me to charge the case to court started foot-dragging. This aroused my suspicion that money must have changed hands over the issue as before that, the policemen also revealed to me that Yahaya is a friend to their boss and so they cannot do anything about it. It has been six months since the incident happened and this has forced my clients to start using other agents as they believe I connived with the customs in defrauding them.

“Secondly, though Yahaya has been transferred to Agbara from Gbaji, I’m still afraid for my life to pass through that area because Yahaya used to be a soldier before converting to Customs and he still has his house in Ibereko Baracks where he once suggested we meet before I turned him down as that barracks was where a DPO and DCO were killed sometime ago.

“I was informed that Yahaya is very influential and this was confirmed when nothing was done on the letter I instructed my lawyer to write to the Zone 2. So that has been my dilemma over this issue,” explained Prince Adenigbagbe.

Investigation into the activities of the customs official involved showed that Yahaya is actually a very wealthy property owner. He was discovered to be the proud owner of two Filling Stations close to the border, one house in Festac, one inKano, a hotel inAbuja, two other houses inLagosand some other properties scattered around.

Activities of people like Yahaya have sent many people to their graves as the money used in buying some of the goods seized were through loans. They are also depriving the government of billions which should have been in the government coffers as revenue end up in individual pockets. It is bad that in a country where we are preaching zero tolerance for corruption some corrupt government officials will be treated with kid gloves as people like Yahaya are supposed to be dismissed with all their properties seized rather than being taken from one border post to another.

21 thoughts on “How Customs Officer U.B Yahaya Is Using His Position To Steal People’s Properties

  1. what is happening in nigeria discourage people alot,if this man don’t have money what will he do? to grave direct.Nigeria govet should look at all this issue .Thanks

  2. Customs are worse than police. Anytime I remember what I went thru in their hands when I returned home from US in 1983, I always curse the day they were born. When people die like dogs dont cry 4 them cos the truth be said, ” You will ripe whatever you sow” Yahaya, your end will be brutal.

  3. What kind of country is this?Where there is no discipline.It is quite understandable that in every society,group and organization there are always bad egg like Yahaya but what surprise in case of Nigeria is that instead of punishing any erring member of society association or group they are rather promoted or transfer to cover their evil deed.I did not know if any one that can inform the power that be is reading this respond i suggest that the matter be thoroughly investigated and the culprit be brought to book.


  5. The Hausa who cannot make into the Central Government to steal money in billions from government coffers, drift to the customs and port work so much. Why? Because they provide avenue for public exploitation and theft!! That is why we should all rise up and deal ruthlessly with this bunch of satanic people!!

  6. Please ask the man to hire Festus keyamo. He will get Justice for him even though the Judges are corrupt, we will pary they assign your case to a God fearing Judge.

  7. Do unto others what you want them to do unto you. There is no permanent sit/position in this world. I pray that God will not pass d punishment of U. B yahayah to is Children. Cause u eat alone nd die alone.

  8. ”The Lagos Comptroller called Yahaya to report to office where Yahaya confirmed seizing his goods and that of others which were not reflected in the log book at the warehouse.

    ‘The Comptroller then asked Yahaya to go and sort himself out as he had brought that on himself”’

    Yahaya was transferred from Gbaji to Agbara.

    Did you see that. Instead disciplining Yahaya. That is Nigeria for you.

  9. There is no different between this man and an Armed Robber,what Goodluck Govt has to do now is to declare a clear investigation on this man and if he is found to be guilt of all these accusation,then he must pay the price.There will be no excape for him,justic must prevail.

  10. yahahnyya ayya a a or whatwver u called him should not spent one minute in his house nor office not even in the court, he should jailed without any questions. they are the big headed criminals in that country and that is why it has to be divided for all to have peace and justice if not people like him will still go away like OBJ and Atiku even IBB and Buhari. criminals like their generations are.

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  12. i sincerely simpartize with this gentleman ,but i can only advise him to take his case to the Comptroller General of Customs in Abuja,hes a man that has listening hear and i,m very sure the prince will surely get justice.

    Nigeria Customs is a noble service, every org. as its bad eggs.

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