Assistant Comptroller Ahmed: The officer behind Apapa Customs Intelligence
.His sterling qualities, proficiency in intelligence gathering
By Udeme Clement
What attracts any person meeting Assistant Comptroller Ahmed Bello Ale, with Customs Intelligence Unit, CIU, Apapa Command for the first time is his alertness.
He appears smart, very sensitive to information, moves swiftly and always vigilant everywhere you meet him within the Command.
He wears a pair of eye-classes that sits straight on his oblong face like University professors.
He does not talk but appears very inquisitive with his look.
These sterling qualities stand him out among other officers at Apapa CIU.
Financial Business correspondent, who has been following the antecedent of this smart-looking officer at Apapa Customs since early 2018, learnt that he drives the wheel of intelligence at Apapa Customs, with records of outstanding seizures of Tramadol and other controlled drugs intercepted by the Command.
His assiduousness in impounding harmful drugs at the seaport is of tremendous benefit to the health of the nation; as such drugs are often imported into the country through the seaport, without approved registration numbers from National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
Financial Business inquest revealed that AC Ahmed has been adequately trained by Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
These impactful training programmes, his hard work and commitment to statutory duties paved the way for his proficiency in intelligence gathering.
More so, AC Ahmed attended the Strategic Intelligence Development Programme, organised by United Nations, funded by European Union. (That is, United Nations Office on Drugs and Organised Crimes). That training, which exposed him to the use of Information Communication Technology, ICT and modern intelligence gathering techniques, lasted for over one year, from January 2015 to February 2016.
That was not all. AC Ahmed also participated in the World Customs Organisation, WCO, regional workshop on development of strategy for security and intelligence, for West and Central Africa, in April 2017.
These exposures and dedication at work contributed to his outstanding performance in seizures of Tramadol and other controlled drugs at the seaport, as published on the first part of this report two days ago.
*As promised: Here is the second report on Apapa Customs Intelligence Unit.