Nigeria Customs Service Ranks: Everything You Need to Know


Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Ranks.

Nigeria Customs Service Ranks – Do you want to know the Nigeria Customs Service ranks? The highest rank is the Comptroller-General. The least rank is the Assistant-Comptroller-General (ACG). See more below;

Established in 1891, The Nigeria Customs Service operates with the responsibilities of revenue collection, accounting for the same and anti-smuggling activities.

This para-military service, in particular, is a Federal Ministry of Finance that has several major departments where one can potentially work if employed as a Customs officer.

The Nigeria customs have been providing services in ways that maximize efficiency and promote trade competitiveness wherein declarations are promptly processed is the core mission of the Nigeria Customs Service.

It also takes care of the Nigerian borders security and the rules/ policies that determine what happens at our country’s border.

The Nigeria Customs also carry out a task such as collecting revenue, accounting, performing smuggling activity, controlling the international trade process, etc and it has become a huge hub of the foreign supply chain of products (both services and goods), and we all know that the growing international trade means a lot of money for all the participants.

List of Departments in Nigeria Customs Service 

  • Trade & tariff service
  • Economic relations and corporate services
  • Investigation, enforcement and inspection services

Duties and Responsibilities of Nigerian Customs Service Workers

The Nigerian Custom Service workers are charged with the responsibilities of:

  • Collecting customs revenue and anti-smuggling efforts and accounting for same;
  • Security duties;
  • Generating statistics for planning and Budgetary purposes;
  • Monitoring Foreign Exchange utilization;
  • Engaging in Research, Planning and Enforcement of Fiscal Policies of Government
  • Manifest processing;
  • Licensing and registration of Customs Agents;
  • Registration and designation of collecting banks, and
  • Working in collaboration with other government agencies in all approved ports and border station.

Brief Facts About NCS Ranks

The Nigeria Customs Service is headed by the Comptroller-General and assisted by six (6) Deputy Comptrollers-Generals heading the departments as follows:

  • Finance Administration and Technical Service
  • Tariff & Trade
  • Enforcement, Investigation, and Inspection
  • Strategic Research & Policy
  • Human Resource Development
  • Excise, FTZ and Industrial Incentives

These Deputy Comptroller-Generals have Assistant Comptroller-Generals heading each division under them while Comptrollers runs the affair of each unit under these divisions.

ACG (Headquarters) reports directly to the Comptroller-General along with the heads of some Special Units in addition to 4 Assistant-Comptroller-General (ACG) in the zones that coordinate the area commands under their respective jurisdictions.

Ranks in Nigeria Customs Service

Nigeria Custom Officers Benefits and Allowances

Being a custom officer, you will stand a chance of enjoying the following benefits;

  1. Transport
  2. Meal subsidy
  3. Utility
  4. Hazards
  5. House maintenance
  6. Uniform maintenance
  7. General Services
  8. Torchlight
  9. Detective
  10. Hardiness allowance
  11. Plain-Cloth allowance
  12. Furniture allowance, and
  13. Personal Servant for entitled officers.

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The Management Team of the Nigerian Customs Service

Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (RTD)

Colonel Hameed Ali is the comptroller-General of Customs. He is charged with the leadership of the Nigerian Customs Service and direct supervision of the service. He also doubles as the Customs Service’s accounting officer and he serves on the Nigeria Customs Service Board as the vice-chairman. The Nigeria Customs Service Board is headed by the Finance Minister.

The Comptroller-General has the legitimate approval to give out guidelines and issue instructions to custom officers as long as it aligns with the law of the land.

In order to smoothly perform his duties, the comptroller-General is aided by six Deputy Comptrollers-General each heading a department.

  • T.M. ISA
    DCG T&T
    DCG Strategic Research and Policy
    DCG Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection
    DCG Human Resource Development
    DCG Excise, FTZ & Industrial Incentives


However, the ranks we’ve listed above is just that of the Nigerian customer service officers.

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