• Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

In the annals of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the name Ahmadu Bello Shu’aibu resonates as a testament to dedication, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to service.

In a symbolic passing of the baton, Deputy Comptroller Ahmadu Bello Shu’aibu assumed Command as the Customs Area Controller of Ogun I Area Command, succeeding Comptroller Bamidele Makinde.

This transition, orchestrated by the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR marked a new chapter in the Customs administration at the border region.

For the records, Deputy Comptroller Shu’aibu is the only Deputy Comptroller in the history of Nigeria Customs Service to take over a Command from a Comptroller and handed over to a Comptroller and subsequently still took over from a Comptroller.

During his time as the Zonal Coordinator of the Federal Operating Unit (FOU) Zone “A” CGC Strike Force he rejected a whooping sum of 2 Billion Naira bribe and made massive Seizures of over 11 Billion Naira in a single Seizure of pangolin and elephant tusks.

With an illustrious career spanning over three decades, DC Ahmadu Bello Shu’aibu brings a wealth of experience encompassing Strategic, Enforcement, and Operational roles within the Customs domain.

Shu’aibu’s leadership is distinguished by a commitment to collaboration and effective communication, traits instrumental in leading customs officials and fostering relationships with stakeholders.

His emphasis on synergy among sister agencies and collaboration with border communities within Ogun State mirrors his vision for inclusive development and robust economic growth.

Recognizing the pivotal role of peaceful coexistence in national development, Shu’aibu emphasized the imperative of unity among officers and stakeholders in steering the Command towards greater success. His dedication to enforcing customs procedures with integrity and professionalism resonates throughout his career.

In his inaugural address, Shu’aibu expressed gratitude to the officers for their warm reception and appealed for their unwavering support. Encouraging a unified front in executing official duties, he urged officers to leverage their skills and intellect to achieve remarkable outcomes, aligning with the mandate set forth by the CGC.

Pledging allegiance to the fight against smuggling, Shu’aibu, on behalf of the officers and men of Ogun I Command, extended gratitude to the Customs Comptroller General for the opportunity to serve. His unwavering commitment to upholding customs regulations and ensuring the Command’s compliance with the CGC’s directives underscores his dedication to the service and the nation.

Born on December 24, 1965, in Niger State, Shu’aibu’s journey epitomizes a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, leadership, and an insatiable quest for excellence. His educational expedition embarked at Central Primary School in Zungeru, Niger State, where he attained his foundational First School Leaving Certificate.

This early step laid the groundwork for his academic trajectory, leading him to Muazu Ibrahim Commercial Secondary School in Kontogara, where he achieved his West African Senior School Certificate. The pursuit of higher education propelled Shu’aibu to Usman Danfodio University in Sokoto, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in 1991, setting the stage for an illustrious career.

Entering the domain of service in 1991 as a Customs Cadet, Shu’aibu’s commitment and diligence propelled him through the ranks to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Customs, earned upon completion of his foundational training at the Customs Training College in Ikeja, Lagos State.

His professional journey charted a course through various customs commands and pivotal roles, traversing Borno/Yobe Area Command, Lillypond, Imo/Abia, Enforcement Headquarters Abuja, and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Each assignment served as a chapter in Shu’aibu’s tapestry of service and expertise.

Beyond the national borders, Shu’aibu embarked on a quest for knowledge, undertaking numerous professional courses both locally and internationally. Among these were comprehensive courses such as the Advance Law Enforcement Course in Gaborone, Batswana, and enrollment at the Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell, USA.

Notably, his pursuit of academic excellence extended to his current pursuit of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the American University, underscoring his unwavering dedication to continual growth and expertise in his field. While dedicating himself to service, Shu’aibu finds solace and joy in his family. Married and blessed with children, he embodies a harmonious blend of professional dedication and personal contentment.

His diverse interests, spanning reading, sports, and adventurous pursuits, depict a multifaceted persona eager to explore life’s diverse facets.

As Comptroller Shu’aibu continues to the take the reins at Ogun I Command, his strategic leadership, collaborative approach, and unwavering commitment to customs standards promise a period of transformative change and progress for the Border community and the nation at large.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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