From left: Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Alaya Oladimeji, newly promoted Deputy Comptroller, Dera Nnadi and Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, Customs Area Controller in charge of Tin Can Island Command during the official decoration of Nnadi in Lagos recently.


The Nigeria Customs Service has promoted a one -time Public Relations Officer in charge of Zone A, Lagos and Apapa Area 1 Command of the service, Mr. Dera Nnadi to the rank of Deputy Comptroller.

He was until his recent elevation, which also led to his re-deployment to the Tin Can Island Command, Apapa at the Strategic Research and Policy Department of the service, headquarters Abuja, where he headed the Intellectual Property Right/Environment and One -Stop Investment Centre

He is a member of the National Trade Facilitation Committee, a committee that worked towards Nigeria’s ratification of the World Trade Organisation WTO, Trade Facilitation Agreement and is also effective as the committee for the smooth implementation of the TFA in Nigeria.

DC Nnadi is also involved in the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS transit project as a member of the national Inter State Road Transit Scheme which works towards ensuring adherence to the ECOWAS protocols on the Abidjan –Lagos Corridor ALCO and the Lagos – Kastina- Jibia LAKJI corridor.

This is in addition to serving as a member of several other committees in the service, which include the Service Strategic Plan and the review of the Customs and Excise Management Act CEMA.

In addition to being former Public Relations Officer for Zone ‘A’ and Apapa Area 1 Command Lagos, where he played vital roles in sustaining and implementing the kick-off the Port Concession programme in 2006, the introduction of the Nigeria Common External Tariff and Destination Inspection Scheme as well as the e-Payment regime in Customs in 2008, he was secretary to the Zone ‘A’ Lagos of the service during the Customs Reform Committee.

He also maintains extensive contacts and networking among the various stakeholders, generating positive image for the Service. In doing so, he is widely respected for being firm and decisive on the position of the service he projects without compromising courtesy. To those that know him, he enjoys considerable confidence of the maritime industry stakeholders, and can be relied upon to activate Customs Business Dialogue Sessions as he is ever ready with opinions in the best interest of the industry when ever consulted.

He has attended several courses in Public Relations, Event and Crisis Management, Cross Border Crime Prevention, and Leadership and Management, Trade Facilitation Agreement among other training and workshops.

DC Nnadi is an alumnus of the renowned American International Law Enforcement Academy, a Fellow and Senior Research Fellow of the International Logistics Administration and also a Fellow Freight Forwarders Academy of Nigeria. He has won several awards including the prestigious World Customs Organisations Merit Award for promoting Customs Business relationship.

He married with kids.