Comptroller Yusuf Takes over Leadership of PTML Customs Command, Harps on Trade Compliance

Following the statutory retirement of Comptroller Ali Mahmud Ibrahim, Comptroller Saidu Abba Yusuf has assumed office as Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Port Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command, assuring officers and stakeholders of due diligence.

The new CAC who resumed on Monday after a brief handover ceremony with his immediate predecessor, Comptroller Ali Ibrahim, called for cooperation of officers and stakeholders.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Yakubu Muhammad.

Comptroller Yusuf who commended his predecessor for setting up mechanism for increased revenue collection, trade facilitation and strict enforcement, urged all port users operating in PTML to make compliance a lifestyle.

According to him, compliance saves clearance time, improve revenue collection and build up the integrity rating of traders towards enjoying fast track benefit and possible migration to the status of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).

He added that voluntary compliance creates a win-win situation for everyone as it prevents losses that result from seizures, demand notices and penalties which comes in the course of enforcement.

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Compt. Yusuf assured the PTML Management, bonded terminal operators, shipping companies, importers, exporters, freight forwarders and haulage operators of an open door policy to sustain and improve on the template of trade facilitation.

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According to him, the Command will rigorously implement all government policies including those that encourage ease of doing business without compromising national security and government revenue.


Comptroller Saidu Abba Yusuf who hails from Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State was born in Kaduna. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in History from University of Maiduguri, Borno State and also holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD) from University of Lagos.

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The CAC joined the Nigeria Customs Service in 1991. He has vast experience spanning over three decades in the Service having impacted positively in various areas where he served.

Some of the Area Commands he served include: Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) Command; Cross River/Akwa Ibom Command; Sokoto Command; Tin-can Island Port Command; Apapa Area Command; Adamawa/Taraba Command, and the Tariff and Trade Department.

He also served as the D/C Valuation PTML Command; Area ll Onne Command, and at the Human Resources Department of the NCS Headquarters.

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He has attended several courses in Nigeria and overseas which have prepared him for various customs functions including anti-smuggling, revenue collection, trade facilitation and prevention of money laundering.

As a senior officer who has built a reputation worthy of emulation, Comptroller Yusuf has mentored many younger colleagues, making them productive in the discharge of their official responsibilities and promoting capacity building to achieve efficiency

His hobbies are reading and Boxing.

Ismail Aniemu

Ismail Aniemu, Publisher of JournalNG and ghost writer, is a maritime journalist of over two decades' of practice with multidisciplinary background. He holds a masters degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) with bias for logistics. He is also an alumnus of the Times Journalism Institute where he obtained a post graduate diploma in Journalism. Email:

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