Emmanuel Oshoba

Emmanuel Oshoba

  • Comptroller of Customs
  • Nigeria Customs Service

Comptroller Emmanuel O Oshoba works for Nigeria Customs Service, a career that has spanned over 30 years. In the course of his career, he has held several sensitive positions both in revenue and enforcement. Currently, he is the Controller in-charge of Intelligence Unit of the Service. Under his supervision, the unit has conducted several intelligence operations resulting in huge revenue recovery and seizure of several illicit goods such as currency, illegal wildlife trade as well as arms and ammunitions to mention a few. As an Intelligence Team Manager, he was instrumental to the seizure of currencies at both Seme Border and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. While at Murtala Muhammed Area Command, he was instrumental to the seizure of large consignments of illicit drugs especially Tramadol. He has also participated in the drafting and supervised implementation of several strategic policies aimed at fine tuning the Service operations to global best practices. He is a Chartered member of Nigeria Institute of Management. He holds B.Sc Philosophy and M.Sc International Relations from Ogun State University and Obafemi Awolowo University respectively.


  • Countering Serious Organised Crime, Drugs, SALW, Smuggling

    Criminal actors continue to be very creative in developing new techniques and channels to conduct illicit activities. There is an old saying, ‘follow the money’ – investigating financial transactions and use that information to indicate evidence of a crime, a suspect or criminal network. But it is not only the money that facilitates this, it’s exporter, carrier, forward freighter, delivery address, destination and more. Like API/PNR for passengers, this information builds a picture of the whole transaction that will establish patterns and history vital to identifying the organised criminal gangs that smuggle drugs, weapons, people etc. What are the latest challenges in the battle against SOC and how can border and associated agencies better use the data available to them to defeat cross border organised crime.