Monday, June 14

Tag: Customs

Dapo Abiodun Calls For End To Killings By Customs Anti-Smuggling Squad In Ogun
Politics

Dapo Abiodun Calls For End To Killings By Customs Anti-Smuggling Squad In Ogun

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has called on the Joint Task Force on Anti-Smuggling, comprising of men of the Nigeria Army and the Nigeria Customs to be more civil in the discharge of their duties in the State. Abiodun who made this known at the Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta when he received the General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigeria Army, said that his administration had to come in several times to manage the crisis caused by the death of some people of the state as a result of stray bullets from the joint patrol on smuggling. “Your men are involved with the men of the Nigeria Customs in joint patrol taskforce that prevents smuggling across our border areas, but, what we’ve seen lately is that in the process of trying t...
We Gave Bandits 7 Bags Of Seized Rice To Save Our Lives – Customs
News

We Gave Bandits 7 Bags Of Seized Rice To Save Our Lives – Customs

Aliyu Mohammed, coordinator of the sector 4 command, joint border patrol team of the Nigeria customs service (NCS) in the north-west, says he had to offer seven bags of seized rice to bandits in exchange for freedom. Addressing journalists in Katsina on Tuesday, Mohammed said the incident occurred in Dutsinma LGA of the state. Mohammed was commenting on the challenges encountered by the customs officers in the discharge of their duties. Narrating one of his encounters with bandits in a bush in Katsina, he said the gunmen asked for seven out of the 37 bags of rice they seized at the time, if the officers wanted to be released alive. He also complained that the operatives do not get enough support from the people. According to Mohammed, in one instance, smugglers organised...
Customs Seizes 5,200 Cartridges Of Live Ammunitions, Other Contraband
Crime

Customs Seizes 5,200 Cartridges Of Live Ammunitions, Other Contraband

Federal Operations unit Zone C of the Nigerian Customs has seized 5,200 cartridges of live ammunitions and other contraband goods as part of efforts to check illegal smuggling in the country’s borders. Briefing Journalists on the Successes made by the Zonal Operations, the Comptroller, Federal Operations unit Zone C, Owerri, Yusuf Lawal advised all economic saboteurs to refrain from their unpatriotic acts before the strong arm of the law will catch up with them.
Customs Intercept Dubai-bound Passenger With 2,886 ATM Cards At Lagos Airport
Crime

Customs Intercept Dubai-bound Passenger With 2,886 ATM Cards At Lagos Airport

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) command on Thursday intercepted and handed over a Dubai-bound passenger with 2,886 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). The Deputy Controller of customs in-charge of the MMIA, Abdulmumin Bako in a media briefing on Thursday explained that four Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards were also intercepted with the suspect. According to DC Bako, “The suspect, one Ishaq Abubakar with Passport Number A08333717 from Kano State was intercepted when he was travelling to Dubai via Emirates Evacuation flight. Customs intercept Dubai-bound passenger with 2,886 ATM cards at Lagos Airport “At about 1145 hours on Aug. 22, at the departure hall gate ’B...
Terrorists Plan To Attack Abuja – Customs
News

Terrorists Plan To Attack Abuja – Customs

The Nigeria Customs Service has asked its officers to stay alert in Abuja as there are Boko Haram terrorist camps in and around the Federal Capital Territory. In a notice with reference NCS/ENF/ABJ/180/S.I/VOL.II, issued by the Comptroller, Enforcement Headquarters, H.A. Sabo, in Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, the NCS said it had information that terrorists were in Abuja. In the notice titled, “Intelligence on National Security,” the NCS said, “Information reaching the Comptroller-General of Customs revealed the existence of Boko Haram terrorist camps in and around the Federal Capital Territory.” The NCS also stated in the notice sighted on Saturday and dated August 20, 2020, that reports had it that the terrorists were planning to attack some selected targets within the territory. It a...
Senate To Bar FIRS, Customs, NBC, 57 Others From Getting Federal Allocations
Politics

Senate To Bar FIRS, Customs, NBC, 57 Others From Getting Federal Allocations

Barring any last-minute changes, the Senate is set to advise the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to exclude 60 federal agencies from getting allocation from the national budget, starting from next year. The agencies include Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Security and Exchange Commission, National Broadcasting Commission and Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone Commission. The move, Sunday PUNCH gathered, was due to the conviction that the agencies generate enough revenue to fund their overheads and payment of salaries, and would therefore not need to be funded from the national budget. Investigations by one of our correspondents on Friday indicated that the Joint Committee on Finance and National Planning had concluded plans to inclu...
FEC Approves N1.23bn For Plateau State University, Customs
News

FEC Approves N1.23bn For Plateau State University, Customs

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N1.23 billion for the construction of a faculty of health services at the Plateau State University, Bokkos and the procurement of computers and printers for zonal and area commands of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced this on Wednesday while briefing State House reporters on the outcome of the second virtual cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mohammed said, “The Minister of Education presented a memo seeking approval of council for the award of contract for the construction, equipping and furnishing of a faculty of Health Sciences in Plateau State University, Bokkos and it was awarded at the cost of N610, 355, 221.82 and the completion period is for ...
FEC Approves N623m For Customs To Buy Computers
Politics

FEC Approves N623m For Customs To Buy Computers

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N623.7 million for the Nigeria Customs Service to buy computers for its zonal and area commands. The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, gave the information at the end of the virtual FEC meeting on Wednesday. “The Minister of Finance presented a memo for the award of contract for 1,200 units of coloured printers and desktop computers for human resources and accounting management systems across zones and area commands of the Nigeria Customs Service, which was approved. “The sum of the contract was N623,700,000 for the 1, 200 desktops and computers for the use of the Customs Service all over the country,” Mohammed told reporters.
NAFDAC and Humanitarian Minister Counter Each other on how some States Received Expired Rice as Coronavirus Palliatives
News

NAFDAC and Humanitarian Minister Counter Each other on how some States Received Expired Rice as Coronavirus Palliatives

Humanitarian minister, Sadiya Farouq and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Admininstration Control (NAFDAC) have both issued differing statements on how some states in the country received expired rice as Coronavirus palliatives. Recall that the expired bags of rice some states received from the federal government has led to a heated contention both offline and online in the last few days. Ms Farouq who commented on dispute the expired bags of rice ignited before now, had said that the food items were "handed over by the Nigerian Customs Service after being assessed by NAFDAC“. She said; “As you may recall, we mentioned here that we distributed the rice relief to the states. The rice was handed over to us by the Nigerian Customs Service and it was assessed by NAFDAC, w...
FG Proposes Review Of Oil Benchmark To $30pb
News

FG Proposes Review Of Oil Benchmark To $30pb

In a meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday, Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, explained that prior to the COVID-19 and oil price decline, the Nigerian economy was already fragile and vulnerable. She added that the impact of the pandemic put increasing pressure on the Naira and foreign reserves as the crude oil sales receipts declined and the country’s micro-economic outlook worsened. Ahmed disclosed that the Federal Government has undertaken cuts to revenue-related expenditures for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for several projects included in the 2020 Appropriation Act passed by the National Assembly in December, 2019. “Prior to COVID-19 and Oil price decline, the Nigerian economy was already fragile and vulnerable.” She also t...
Customs To Close Supermarkets, Shops Selling Foreign Rice, Others
News

Customs To Close Supermarkets, Shops Selling Foreign Rice, Others

Nigerian Customs Service has warned off supermarkets and shops in some parts of the country to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited goods. “In our effort to suppress smuggling, the Nigerian Customs Service Kano/Jigawa area command deemed it fit to write and seek for your cooperation to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited items in your supermarket/shops to avoid being closed by customs operatives,” Kano/Jigawa area controller, Ahmed Nasir, said in a statement. This warning comes months after the Nigerian government ordered the closure of its land borders. Nigeria, without warning on 21 August, closed all its land borders two months ago to tackle smuggling, but the unprecedented move is affecting trade across the region. Bustling borders have come...
Border Closure: Customs Rakes In N6 Billion Daily
Politics

Border Closure: Customs Rakes In N6 Billion Daily

Nigeria rakes in between N5 billion and N6 billion daily from imports since the closure of its land borders with neighbouring countries. Prior to the closure in August 2019, daily duty collections hovered between N4 billion and N5 billon, said the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in Lagos on Tuesday. The NCS Comptroller-General Col. Hammed Ali (rtd.) attributed the rise to increased activities at the nation’s seaports. ”The NCS daily collection before the border closure ranged between N4 to N5 billion but now, the NCS collects N5billion to N6 billion daily as a result of the rise in activities at the nation’s sea ports,” Ali said on Tuesday at a forum on the “impact of land border closure on the Nigerian economy.” The forum was organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and I...
News

Three siblings between the ages of two months and five years old burnt to death in Anambra

Tragedy struck in Okija, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State today February 15th after three siblings, two boys and a girl between the ages of two months to five years, were burnt to death in a fire outbreak inside their parent's home. According to a statement by the state police command spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, the deceased children suffered varying degrees of burns and died on the spot. He added that properties worth millions of naira were lost in the inferno. “Today 15/2/ 2020 at about 02:am, there was a fire outbreak at the resident of one Chukwuma Aduhuba ‘m’ of Ugwu Chelekwu village, Okija in Ihiala local government area of Anambra State. As a result three of his children namely Chimankpan Aduhuba ‘m’ aged 5years, Munachimso Aduhuba ‘m’ aged 2years and Ka...
Customs Asks FG To Collect Tax On Carbonated Drinks
News

Customs Asks FG To Collect Tax On Carbonated Drinks

The Nigeria Customs Service has called on the federal government to broaden its excise tax net to include carbonated drinks. The Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), made the call at a public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on Thursday. He said the move will help the service step up its efforts in revenue collection to meet up its revenue target. According to him, as at present, excise duty is being collected on alcoholic beverages and tobacco because of their effects on health. He, therefore, said that carbonated drinks are also injurious to health like tobacco and alcohol, saying as such, they should be included in excise duty payable commodities.
Smuggling: Customs In Ogun Seize 944 Cartons Of Poultry Products
Crime

Smuggling: Customs In Ogun Seize 944 Cartons Of Poultry Products

In a raid led A.S. Lawal, a customs Patrol team intercepted 8 vehicles carrying Turkey and other poultry products. Airlines, another team intercepted another 88 cartons of poultry and some bags of rice. The products which are to be burnt and destroyed by the officers of the Customs.
Suspected Bandits Kidnap Four Customs Officers in Katsina
News

Suspected Bandits Kidnap Four Customs Officers in Katsina

Suspected bandits have kidnapped four officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State. The four customs officers, according to residents of the area, were abducted at a checkpoint in Dan-Bedi village along Jibia-Batsari road about 10.12 a.m. The abduction came barely 24 hours after the murder of Umar Isah, a senior lecturer with the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria by bandits in Malumfashi LGA of the state. Confirming the abduction of the Customs officers to THISDAY yesterday, a resident of Jibia who craved anonymity, said seven bandits reportedly arrived at the checkpoint, fired gunshots in the air and whisked the victims away. He said: “The bandits on motorcycles arrived the customs checkpoint this morning (yesterday) and seized the...
Customs Impounds Over 4800 Bales Of Second Hand Clothes In Yaba Market, Lagos
Business

Customs Impounds Over 4800 Bales Of Second Hand Clothes In Yaba Market, Lagos

The Joint border drill has confiscated more than 4800 bales of second hand clothings valued at three billion naira from Yaba market in Lagos. The Customs Coordinator, Western Zone, Assistant Comptroller General, Bukar Amajan, explained that the seizure was made possible through intelligence report. More than 4800 bales of second hand clothings impounded from a single location. The Customs coordinator of the border drill says these were picked up from Yaba market where smugglers had stockpiled them. Describing second hand clothings as absolutely prohibited items, he challenged the owners of the consignment to come forward with any document to prove these goods were brought into the country legitimately. Government still maintains a ban on the importation of second hand cl...
Luggage Above N50,000 Attract Duties – Customs Reminds Passengers
News

Luggage Above N50,000 Attract Duties – Customs Reminds Passengers

The Nigeria Customs Service has reemphasized that passengers passing through any Nigeria international airports can only be allowed to go through with goods or items with only N50,000 or less current market value. Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hamid Ali (retd) This clarification was made by the Public Relations Officer of the Service, DC Joseph Attah on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs. According to Attah, the clarification became necessary following a “misleading narrative on the social media by a woman who claimed that she was ill treated at the Abuja Airport by Customs on the bases of her gender and tribe because she was asked to pay duty on a personal item she brought into the country. Attah said : “The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been draw...
25 Containers Of Expired Rice In Tin Can Island Intercepted By Customs
Politics

25 Containers Of Expired Rice In Tin Can Island Intercepted By Customs

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hamid Ali (rtd), Thursday revealed that the service has intercepted 25 containers of expired rice at the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos. Ali disclosed this in Abuja at the fourth National Assembly hearing on the proposed 2020 budget. He told the federal legislators that the decision to close the country’s land boarders was not driven solely for increased revenue collection but has security consideration. He stated: “I want to take this opportunity to tell this house that we have now 25 containers of rice we intercepted in Tin Can Island Port. Each of them contained 100 bags of rice that were clearly stamped with the expiration date of May 2018. I have said it here that 90 per cent of the smuggled rice has expired. “...
N160m Indian Hemp From Ghana Interrupted, Seized By Customs
Crime

N160m Indian Hemp From Ghana Interrupted, Seized By Customs

A pick-up van, which was purportedly conveying sawdust, has been intercepted by men of the Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State at the Nigerian border with the Republic of Benin. The NCS operatives discovered that N160m worth of Indian hemp was concealed under the sawdust. The Controller of the command, Zulkifli Abdullahi, told journalists on Wednesday that the marijuana was in several packs and was discovered in a border community, Elekokan, in the Iwajowa Local Government Area of the state. Abdullahi said the consignment was the biggest volume of illicit drugs seized by the command in recent times. He stated that the driver of the vehicle and his motor boy fled into a thick forest on sighting his men. According to him, intel...
Customs seize four tons of marijuana worth $2.3 million hidden in a consignment red pepper!
News

Customs seize four tons of marijuana worth $2.3 million hidden in a consignment red pepper!

US Customs officers have seized nearly four tons of marijuana worth $2.3 million hidden in a consignment of jalapeno peppers. A sniffer dog alerted officers to a trailer with a shipment of peppers in San Diego on the border with Mexico. According to the Customs and Border Protection, “a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as jalapeno peppers.” Officers at Otay Mesa cargo facility found 314 packages of marijuana weighing 7,560 pounds (3.4 tonnes) mixed among the jalapeno peppers. “I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” said Otay Mesa Port director Rosa Hernandez. The acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan also shared image of the seized mar...
Nigerian Customs Begins Online Auction Of Seized Vehicles, Goods
News

Nigerian Customs Begins Online Auction Of Seized Vehicles, Goods

According to The Nation, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has commenced electronic (online) auction of contrabands, including exotic cars of different brands seized from smugglers in Imo/Abia and Edo/Delta commands. Controller of Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Owerri, Comptroller Kayode Olusemire, who made the disclosure while conducting newsmen round the latest seizures made in the zone, said that the auction, which will be done through the internet will be conducted every Monday and Wednesday for the next one month. According to him, interested members of the public can log into the internet designated website and select any of the items listed on the purchase list. The Controller also disclosed that among items to be auctioned electronically were Rolls Royce cars, Mercedes, T...
91,000 Nigerians Apply for Customs Recruitment in 24 hours
News

91,000 Nigerians Apply for Customs Recruitment in 24 hours

Less than 24 hours after the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) opened its portal for ongoing recruitment exercise, no fewer than 91,000 Nigerians have so far successfully submitted their applications. One of the officers in charge of the portal at its headquarters, Abuja, who preferred anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that “as at 4:00 P.M, the applications of 91,000 applicants were successfully received.” NAN reports that NCS opened its portal at 12:00am on Wednesday for recruitment of 3,200 officers and men. The officer disclosed that applications of other Nigerians in diaspora were equally received. He added that Nigerians in not less than 41 countries had so far applied for various cadres. The Acting Deputy ...
Air Peace Shakes Aviation World With $2.1bn Brand New E195-E2 Jets Deal
News

Air Peace Shakes Aviation World With $2.1bn Brand New E195-E2 Jets Deal

Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema (sitting, left), Embraer Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Arjan Meijer (sitting, right), standing from left: Air Peace Embraer Engineer, Mr. Charles Melomney, Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, Chief of Finance and Administration, Mrs. Ejiro Eghagha, Embraer VP Sales and Marketing, Middle East and Africa, Mr. Raul Villaron and Sales Director, Africa, Francisco Moraes during the signing of a contract for 30 brand new Embaer 195-E2 aircraft between Air Peace and Embraer at Embraer Business Meeting with the Aviation World in Port Louis, Mauritius on Wednesday. West and Central Africa’s biggest airline, Air Peace today (Wednesday) set a continental record with a firm order for 10 brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft...
Re Olubadan Tells Embattled Obas Enthroned by Governor Ajimobi   to Remove his  Illegal Crowns and Apologise
News

Re Olubadan Tells Embattled Obas Enthroned by Governor Ajimobi to Remove his Illegal Crowns and Apologise

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has said he has no objection to the return of his embattled obas to his palace “once they remove their illegal crowns” and apologise for desecrating the Yoruba culture. The obas had accused the monarch of denigrating the Olubadan institution by embarking on illegal practices and lacking respect for them as members of the Olubadan-in-council. He also dismissed a statement credited to the embattled chiefs, saying he was not the one that stopped them from coming to the palace for the Olubadan-in-Council meetings. Olubadan stated that by deserting the palace, the obas were abdicating their responsibilities to Ibadanland. He also stated that rather than engaging in the blame game, the affected obas should be bold enough to “remove their ...
Outrage as ‘honour-killing’ whistleblower shot dead in Pakistan
News

Outrage as ‘honour-killing’ whistleblower shot dead in Pakistan

Women’s rights activists Friday condemned the murder of a whistleblower in a notorious “honour killing” case that has shone a years-long spotlight on female victims — and the men who defend them — in deeply patriarchal Pakistan. Afzal Kohistani, the man who first drew attention to the infamous incident in 2012, was gunned down in Abbottabad on Wednesday, police have said. He had pursued a case in which a local cleric order the deaths of male and female wedding guests shown enjoying themselves in a video. Precise details remain shrouded in mystery but Kohistani had long been adamant that women shown in the video had been murdered. He was shot five times on a busy road and died on the spot, Abdul Aziz Afridi, a senior police official, told AFP. Officials said Friday that at le...
73-year-old Politician Marries 25-year-old Pretty Lady
News

73-year-old Politician Marries 25-year-old Pretty Lady

A 73-year-old politician is currently trending in Tanzania after news broke on his wedding with his 25-year-old pretty bride. Juma Kapuya, the former parliamentarian at Urambo constituency in Tanzania, wedded the beautiful young lady on Sunday, February 17, in a ceremony graced by family and friends. Photos and videos posted online show the couple exchanging vows in front of a lively crowd as Juma said ‘I Do’ to Mwajuma Mwiniko in the ceremony which was held in line with Muslim customs. Internet users have reacted to the marriage differently, with some saying the girl has the right to choose whomever she wants to marry since she is above 18. Others opposed to the marriage said that when Juma’s bride was born, he was two years shy of clocking 50 and was en route to becoming a ...
Man Shot Dead by Customs officer: Nigeria Customs Reacts
News

Man Shot Dead by Customs officer: Nigeria Customs Reacts

The Nigeria Customs Service has reacted to a viral video of a man shot dead by a Customs officer earlier today. In the disturbing video, the Customs officers could be seen having an argument with some passengers in a vehicle before the tragic incident occurred. READ THE PRESS STATEMENT The attention of Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a disturbing video going viral with conflicting narratives. While it is painful and totally unnecessary to loose life in anti-smuggling operations, today at Shagamu interchange along Ijebu Ode, attempt to obstruct lawful performance of duty by passengers of a commercial bus (a white Toyota Hiace) suspected to be carrying bales of used clothing led to the death of a young man (Godwin) and serious injury of a Customs Officer, ASC1, Destiny ...
CJN Onnoghen: FG Warns U.S, U.K And The E.U
Politics

CJN Onnoghen: FG Warns U.S, U.K And The E.U

The FG has warned the U.S, U.K and the E.U against foreign interference into the nations affairs, after their statement on the suspension of CJN Onnoghen. The Federal Government said it is determined to ensure free, fair and credible elections, noting that the Buhari led government will not bend the rules and will not allow meddling in the nation’s affair. Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, gave the warning in a statement in Abuja on Saturday. ”Nigeria reserves the right to be insulated from suggestions and or interference with respect to wholly internal affairs and commends international laws, customs and norms that mandate and require nations and the comity to respect this prerogative to all. “Nigeria is confident of i...
Customs Impound Trailer Carrying Tramadol, Illicit Drugs Worth N44m
News

Customs Impound Trailer Carrying Tramadol, Illicit Drugs Worth N44m

Operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service in Niger State has impounded a trailer carrying tramadol and other substances suspected to be illicit drugs worth about forty-four million naira(N44,000,000).  The trailer carrying the items was intercepted by the service’ special strike force along minna-suleja-minna road. They were concealed under sacks and other items. Briefing journalists on the seizure and other seizures made, at the Nigerian customs service command headquarters in Minna, the national coordinator of the strike force, Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Abdullahi Kirawa said but for the eagle eye of men and officers in his team, the items would have made their way into the society, pointing out what dangers they could pose to the society. He said one person has ...
Oba Ewuare II Call On Nigerian Youth To Stay Away From Money Rituals
News

Oba Ewuare II Call On Nigerian Youth To Stay Away From Money Rituals

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has called on Nigerian youths to stay away from money rituals. The statement was made by Oba Ewuare on Sunday during a thanksgiving service at the Holy Aruosa Cathedral in Benin to round off the 2018 annual Igue Festival Celebrations. He stated that youths, who make their wealth by killing people or stealing female underwear for money ritual, woud not go without consequence. He further stated that the behaviour was abominable and alien to Benin customs and tradition. The monarch interceded for Nigeria and her leaders and urged politicians and youths to shun acts that could undermine free, fair and credible elections in 2019. Ahead of the 2019 general election, he also warned politicians to stay away from violence and other damaging step t...
NIS Recruitment Scam: Court adjourns Abba Moro’s trial to February 2019
News

NIS Recruitment Scam: Court adjourns Abba Moro’s trial to February 2019

Justice Nnamdi Dimg alt='NIS Recruitment Scam: Court adjourns Abba Moro?s trial to February?2019' class='img-responsive text-center' style='margin: auto;'ba of a Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned to February 5, 2019 trial of a former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, even as the Court rejects a document sought by his defence team to be tendered in evidence in the ongoing trial regarding proceeds from the ill-fated recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS.   Moro is standing trial along with a former Permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia; an ex-director in the Ministry, Felix Alayebami and a firm, Drexel Tech Nigerian Limited.   At the proceeding, the EFCC presented its tenth witness, Mustapha Zakaria, who wor...
Benzema Associates charged Over Extortion Bid
Sport

Benzema Associates charged Over Extortion Bid

Two associates of scandal-dogged Real Madrid star Karim Benzema were charged by French police on Thursday over suspected extortion, sources close to the case told AFP. Police charged a 29-year-old man with “attempted extortion” and 22-year-old woman with colluding in the bid, following the arrest on Tuesday of three people suspected of being involved in the affair. A second man was released without charge. The arrests and charges follow a complaint by a former friend of Benzema, named as Leo D., who alleges the accused tried to kidnap him in Paris over a financial dispute with Benzema. Investigators said the row centred on 50,000 euros ($56,663) in cash destined for Benzema via a sponsor. Leo D. was tasked with bringing the sum to France from Morocco but claims he was stopped by cus...
Owerri Customs Intercepts  Military Hardware, Illicit Drugs, Others
News

Owerri Customs Intercepts Military Hardware, Illicit Drugs, Others

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’ Owerri, has intercepted a truck with military hardware and other illicit medicaments concealed among other imports. Customs Disclosing this in Owerri, Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Unit, Kayode Olusemire, said the offensive items were intercepted by a mobile patrol team at the bridge-head axis of Onitsha in Anambra state. Olusemire gave a breakdown of the items impounded to include; 90 pairs of military camouflage uniform, 97 pieces of military camouflage jungle hats, 202 pieces of military camouflage round neck vest and 20 pieces of military camouflage singlet. Other items seized by the Unit are; 40 pieces of military camouflage jungle boots, 10 pieces of military camouflage water bags, two rolls of plai...
I Am Not Afraid…, Fayose Repiles EFCC
Politics

I Am Not Afraid…, Fayose Repiles EFCC

The Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said he is not afraid to face tomorrow. Fayose reacting to a letter by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to the Nigerian Customs to monitor and arrest him anytime he wants to run away from the country said ‘putting my name on watch list after notification of my coming is not only political but petty. I’m not among those who are afraid to face tomorrow. Nobody is God. They should expect me on October 16, 2018. I will remain in PDP not minding their intimidation. Fayemi and Fayose The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had in a letter told the Read the statement below: “The under listed person is under investigation in connection with the above mentioned offences and there is a reasonable suspicion sugge...
Freight Forwarders, Customs Trade Words Over Delays In Fast-Track Clearance
News

Freight Forwarders, Customs Trade Words Over Delays In Fast-Track Clearance

Stakeholders in the maritime industry have lamented the delays in the fast track process for clearance of raw materials and other items meant for the manufacturing sector. Speaking on the situation a member of the International Freight Forwarding Association, IFFA, Mr. Solomon Anyawu, said the fast track system no longer achieves the purpose for which it was set up in the first place. Anyanwu, made this known at a meeting with the newly appointed Custom Area Controller, CAC, Mr. Bashiru Abubakar, at the Custom office in Apapa last week. The IFFA member said “there is nothing that makes it a fast track, fast track takes a lot of days to complete goods examination. “The examination process should be done using the normal fast track to avoid further delay as it hinders the urgent use ...
Customs Officer Kills Two Colleagues In Lagos
News

Customs Officer Kills Two Colleagues In Lagos

Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service lost their lives in a tragic accident on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway on Saturday. PUNCH Metro learned that the two victims, who were in a Toyota Camry with the number plate, YLA 121 BJ, were at a checkpoint when they were crushed by their colleague, who drove a Toyota Avalon, with number plate, YAB 366 JY. The three officials were reportedly attached to the Seme Border Command, Lagos. While the two crushed customs officers died on the spot, the driver of the Avalon was said to be unconscious at the Intensive Care Unit of the Badagry General Hospital, where he was receiving treatment. A Punch correspondent gathered that officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, led by the Badagry unit Commander, Fatai Bakare, deposited the remains...
Alleged Car Smuggler IBD Dende In Customs Custody Over Smuggling
News

Alleged Car Smuggler IBD Dende In Customs Custody Over Smuggling

Popular Nigerian big boy, Ibrahim Dende Egungbohun, a.k.a IBD Dende, is reportedly in customs custody over alleged smuggling. The Ogun-born socialite, who usually gets shout-outs from popular artists like lOlamide CDQ, Lil Kesh, and more, is currently in the custody of the Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja, where he is being quizzed over his alleged involvement in smuggling in the South-West, Crime Puzzle reports. IBD Dende was initially invited to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Service in Ikeja, Lagos, last week Wednesday after which he was moved to the headquarters in Abuja. Confirming the development, on Monday, the Customs Public Relations Officer (PRO), Joseph Attah, was quoted as saying: "He is our suspect and currently in our custody over his smuggling activities."...
Customs Impounds E-Money’s Luxury Vehicles
News

Customs Impounds E-Money’s Luxury Vehicles

The Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Nigeria Customs Service, has impounded 10 luxury vehicles belonging to E-Money, a popular music promoter, over under-payment of duty on the vehicles. The vehicles, said to have been cleared by officers and men of Apapa Customs Command, were intercepted by officials of FOU, following a tip-off about the value of duty paid on them. A source at FOU confirmed the seizure to Vanguard, explaining that E-Money himself had visited the Unit to try and take back custody of the vehicles, but that FOU leadership had insisted on complete payment of duty before the vehicles can be released to him. Vanguard gathered that the popular promoter paid over N6 million duty and the vehicles were released to him. This was confirmed by the Customs Area Controller...
11 People Crushed To Death In Fatal Accident Caused By Customs Officials @ Benin By-Pass
News

11 People Crushed To Death In Fatal Accident Caused By Customs Officials @ Benin By-Pass

A heartbroken Nigerian man has recounted how his brother and others were killed after being crushed by a speeding vehicle when they were accosted by Nigerian Customs officials at Benin by-pass. According to him, the vehicle also crushed 10 other people and left many injured before the Customs officials fled the scene. Peter Kalu revealed how his brother died in a tragic manner. Read below; Quote My brother, Mr. Anthony Ufere Uchechi Eke was coming home for Easter 2018. After discussing with him on Tuesday, March 27 on some issues, we ended up that he will take the night bus on Thursday, March 29, to meet me on Friday, March 30, at Aba for us to head home that same Friday, for an Executive meeting of our village (Easter meeting). Though he did not call me again to tell me that he has t...
House Of Representatives To Launch Probe Into Unlawful Seizure Of Goods By Customs
News

House Of Representatives To Launch Probe Into Unlawful Seizure Of Goods By Customs

The House of Representatives on Thursday mandated its Committee on Customs and Excise to conduct an investigation into the activities of the personnel of the service in different parts of the country. This was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent national importance by Rep. Aliyu Madaki (Kano-APC), and two other members “on the illegal activities of personnel of the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS)”. Madaki moving the motion said the mandate of the Service was preventing the importation of illegal goods into the country. He decried the situations whereby personnel of NCS embarked on the seizure of goods and commodities under the pretence of collecting custom duties. He expressed concern that the continuous interference and harassment of  local traders by NCS personnel  would...
Egotistical Senate Versus Hameed Ali And The Rest Of Us, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo
News

Egotistical Senate Versus Hameed Ali And The Rest Of Us, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Big egos are a big part of the human nature. As man is naturally a political animal, egos are a big part of politics. Outside politics, egos are in high supply. In board rooms and the rest of the corporate world, for example, ego clashes are fueled by intellection and the contestation of ideas — by the unwillingness of a first-grade intellectual to think anybody else can possess a superior idea to his or her’s. The basis for this ego, though no less destructive, is understandable. But there’s a very caustic, fetid kind of ego — the one motivated by money and power. In the Nigerian Senate, there is an abundance of it. Twice last week, a couple of senators supplied the evidence.   Let’s start with the latter. On Tuesday, a security aide of Abiodun Olujimi, a PDP senator represe...
Customs Tackles Diversion Of Petroleum Products to Neighbouring Countries
News

Customs Tackles Diversion Of Petroleum Products to Neighbouring Countries

For the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), a fresh challenge of tackling smuggling and diversion of petroleum products to neighbouring countries is a battle to fight headlong. There have been cases of smuggling of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrole, diesel and kerosene, through Idiroko, Seme and other borders linking Nigeria with some African nations. The Ogun State Area Command recently bemoaned the unpatriotic act of smugglers, who are diverting petroleum products to neighbouring countries, even at a time when the nation is facing fuel supply challenges. The Area Controller, Sani Madugu, at a media briefing, said the Command intercepted 276 Jerry cans (25 litres each) of petrol; nine drums and 32 kegs of diesel; and five drums of kerosene at Idiroko border in the last...
Herdsmen Killings: Oyo Police Meet Fulani, Community Leaders
News

Herdsmen Killings: Oyo Police Meet Fulani, Community Leaders

Oyo State Police Command on Tuesday hosted an interactive meeting between leaders of Fulani herdsmen, farmers, community leaders and government officials in a bid to forestall clashes between cattle breeders and farmers in the state.   State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odule while addressing the gathering declared that the state was relatively peaceful but insisted that the meeting was desirable as a proactive measure to forestall unwholesome development in view of the unsavoury reports from some states of the Federation in the recent times.     Odude disclosed that the meeting would be replicated at the Area Command and Divisional levels in order to sustain peace and stability in the state.   He noted that there was presently in existence the S...
Customs Seizes 1150 Bags Of Smuggled Rice In Kano, Jigawa
News

Customs Seizes 1150 Bags Of Smuggled Rice In Kano, Jigawa

The Comptroller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ of the Nigerian Customs Service, Alhaji Usman Dakingari, said his command has intercepted over one thousand bags of foreign rice in Kano, smuggled into the country. Dakingari stated this while displaying the confiscated rice to journalists on Tuesday in Kano. He said his men, through intelligence gathering, were able to trace a house in Dakata quarters in Kano where they confiscated over 900 bags of foreign rice. The comptroller pointed out that they were also able to intercept over 250 bags of foreign rice loaded on a truck in Jigawa. He stated that second hand clothes, worth millions of Naira were also confiscated by the Customs men at the same Dakata quarters. Dakingari added that Nigerian Customs Service is committed to cu...
Customs Targets N1.3tr Revenue In 2018
News

Customs Targets N1.3tr Revenue In 2018

Although the Federal Government is yet to set a 2018 revenue generation target for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the management plans to collect N1.3trillion this year. The Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah, who disclosed this to our Abuja correspondent in his office, added that the organization hopes to work harder to exceed the target. “Just the way we achieved last year. Last year, you will recall that we achieved N1,037,102,179,400.58. So, we hope to sustain and even improve on what we did last year that enabled us to hit the mark that had never been done before.” According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to stop importation of rice will not lower the expected collections for the year, it would rather spur revenue generation from excise duty. The NCS, said A...
Can Nigeria Cease Rice Importation In 2018?
News

Can Nigeria Cease Rice Importation In 2018?

President Muhammadu Buhari, in his New Year address to the nation on January 1, also stated that there would be zero rice importation this year. Rice is a staple food product in millions of Nigerian homes and many analysts believe that its local production is yet to meet the growing demand of consumers. In your own view, how can zero importation of rice be ensured in the country this year? ABIMBOLA AKOSILE * With the number of citizens who depend so much on rice and the fact that the country has just started improving its rice production, we need at least three years before we can cease importing rice into the country. By now the local production must have reached across the country with citizens' awareness to patronise the local rice products. So the government shouldn't rush into banni...
Fuel Crisis: Senators Accuse Colleagues Of Conniving With NNPC
News

Fuel Crisis: Senators Accuse Colleagues Of Conniving With NNPC

Lawmakers in the upper chamber on Wednesday took turns to condemn the report of the Senate committee on Petroleum (Downstream), for not including the issue of fuel subsidy. The senators alleged that the report was ‘doctored’ by the management of the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission. The chairman of the committee, Kabir Marafa, Zamfara-APC, was singled out for blame for not including the issue of fuel subsidy which they alleged the executive is paying for without National Assembly’s approval. Presenting the report, Mr. Marafa proposed five measures as long term solutions for the lingering crisis. He said, “As part of short term measures, the federal government should consider special foreign exchange concession to oil marketers to enable them commence importation of fuel an...

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/gqbzggmy/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4757