Yayaha Oladiran Idris

Celebrating July’s People: Yayaha Oladiran Idris


Yayaha Oladiran Idris an experienced Intelligence/Anti-Terrorism/Maritime Security Port Facilities Security expert who retired as the Deputy Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service is a great Nigerian.

Yahaya Oladiran Idris was born on 6th July 1960 in Erio- Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

He attended Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Erio Ekiti and became the head boy of the school in 1973.

He also attended CAC Modern School, Erio-Aramoko Ekiti, from 1976 to1981, and Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Ikole Ekiti, where he was the Class Captain from Form 1-5. During this period, he was a great athlete and Rover Scouter.

He was President of the Religion Students Association (RESA) of Lagos State College of Education from 1985-1986.

He also studies at Lagos State University (MSc. International Relations and Strategic study):2003, Lagos State University (BSc. History and International Relations): 2000
Lagos State College of Education (LASUED) (NCE Certificate): 1986

He also attended professional courses at Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) Course on Valuation, Nigeria Customs Training School Gorondutse Kano 1992-1993
Anti-Terrorism Course Sponsored by the United States Department of State Security in 2005, Port Security Course sponsored by the Presidential Implementation Committee (ISPS CODE) in 2004, ISPS CODE: International Ship and Ports Facility Security Code Training by the Underwater Security UK.

He joined Nigeria Customs Service in January 1992 and attended his Basic course in Customs Training, Gorondutse Kano from June 1992 to March 1993.

In 1993, he was posted to Seme Border Command where he made his mark.
He arrested a Peugeot 504 car that concealed 5,000 pieces of live ammunition in its Engine, doors and false bottom at Seme Baggage when he was posted as inward Rummaging Officer.

He was presented with a plaque for outstanding performance, and exceptional vigilance on ammunition seizure on the 23rd of February 1996 by the then Customs Area Controller, Comptroller A.N. Angyu.

While in Ogun II Excise command in 1998, he led a team of Officers that recovered retrieved a G3-rifle seized at a checkpoint at Ile-Ise Awo along Sango-Abeokuta from the dreaded smuggler popularly known as Aje from Idi-Iroko in Ogun State.

Between 1st and 8th of July 2014, DC Yahaya Idris in the company of DC CD Wada, the present CAC of Seme and two other customs officers attended a Port Security Officer course sponsored by the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety (PICOMS) and this qualified him as one of the first customs Port State Facility Security Control Officer (PSSO) under the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code). He was also one of the first Custom Officers to attend an anti-terrorism course sponsored by the United States Department of State Security in 2005.

In the course of being a Custom PFSO in Apapa, he had contributed immensely to policy formulation of the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Transportation on Port Reforms such as:

  1. The minimum standard for vehicles to enter the Port.
  2. Security of Port and its environment.
  3. Decongestion of the access road at the Port and its environs to Mile 2 between 2005 and 2008.

To his credit, he was elected Vice-Chairman of the Port Joint Security Committee (JSC) of all the security agencies of Apapa Area 1 command from 2005-2008.

He was the first Director of the discipline of the Port Facility Security Officers’ Forum. On 2nd June 2005, DC Yahaya was posted to Customs Intelligent Unit Headquarter in Abuja and attended the Customs Intelligent Unit Training Course at Customs Training College, Ikeja and posted back to his duty post as the Customs PFSO and O/C Boarding and Rummaging.

While at MMIA 2014, he was posted to TARMAC as a staff officer, where he really assisted the command in revenue generation before he was posted to Apapa.
As OC Operations enforcement in Apapa Command, he was noted for discipline and hard work and raised the bar of enforcement operations.

As the Assistant Comptroller in Enforcement in 2017, when the then Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo signed three Executive Orders into Law on May 18th, 2017. One among them was “The Ease of Doing Business”.

He was posted to superintend and establish the Joint Examination/Fusion Centre in APMT/Apapa as directed by the Federal Government under the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) which was inaugurated in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari. He coordinated all the examination agencies like NDLEA, SON, NAFDAC, PQ, NESREA and a host of others partook. Representatives and Japan Embassy visited the Joint Examination Centre and the setup of the place was rated high.

In 2018, he was posted to ONNE Port Command. There, he made his mark as the AC operation in enforcement before being posted back to Apapa Enforcement. His performance there made the CAC of Apapa Area Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura declare publicly that “I didn’t make a mistake by posting Yahaya to Enforcement because he didn’t disappoint me, he did his job well, I am proud of him”.

He has represented Apapa Customs Command in so many forums and meetings such as Barges Operators meetings, Nigeria Sippers Council meetings, NPA meetings, NRC Ports Consultative Council meetings, Security meetings and a host of others.

He attended Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) Course on valuation, tariff and classification course on scanning at Customs Training College and Apapa Port respectively.

In the course of his duties, this workaholic officer, the timekeeper of repute has received many letters of commendations: United States Embassy letter for Excellence Customers Service dated 21st March 2005.

Letter of commendation from the United Nations Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) dated 16th October 2006.

Letter of commendation from the Nigeria Ports Authority, dated 7th August 2007, for his prompt and timely decisive decision, averted what would have been a monumental disaster and would have resulted in the sinking of a vessel, MV Miami Maiden laden with 32,800 Metric tons of raw sugar belonging to Dangote Groups of Companies, which rammed into a ram stand at berth 20 with all the adverse consequences of loss of safe Port status and national pride.

Also, a letter of Appreciation from the Nigeria Custom Licensed Ship Chandlers Association, dated 3rd August 2007 in ensuring that illegal operators are discouraged from practising the profession.

He was presented with a plaque by the Joint Security Committee under Nigeria Port Authority in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to the security of Apapa Port.
A very active member of the Port Facility Security Officers’ Forum.

He is the first Customs Officer to be actively involved in aerial surveillance of Western Port Navigable Water and its environs with other security agencies in order to deter the activities of pirates at Lagos Pilotage.

He is the first Deputy President of Badagry Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BACCIMA).

Career Summary

  1. Nigeria Customs Service: 1992-2022
  2. First Deputy President-Badagry Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture: 2019-date
  3. First Director of Discipline of the Port Facility Security Officers Forum: 2005
  4. AC Enforcement NCS Onne Port Command, Port-Harcourt: 2018
  5. Nigeria Customs Service Seme Border Command: 1993
  6. Nigeria Customs Service Ogun II Excise Command: 1998
  7. AC Operations Apapa Area Command: 2018.

Active Involvement in Aerial Surveillance of Western Port Navigable Water and its Environs.

For his service to humanity, Alhaji Yahaya was bestowed with the title of Balogun of Erio- Ekiti. Also, he is the Gbobaniyi of the Apa Kingdom in Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State. The Bobagunwa of Temidire Ekiti and the Seriki Adinni of Ansar-Ud-Deen, Erio Ekiti.

He has contributed immensely to the development of his native home, Erio -Ekiti.

He is a bright and dedicated Nigerian with an outstanding performance, and a keen lover of media communications and a great athlete and He is married with children.

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