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Customs Confirm Killing of Three of its Personnel in Rivers state
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Customs Confirm Killing of Three of its Personnel in Rivers state

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has confirmed that three of its personnel were killed by gunmen in Rivers State. Spokesperson for Zone C, Custom’s Federal Operations Unit, Mr Jerry Atta said the officers were attacked by armed men on Saturday night April, 24, at a patrol base in Isiokpo – the headquarters of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state. He added that after killing the security operatives, the gunmen went away with an Ak-47 rifle and two Toyota Hilux vans belonging to the service. Atta who blamed the killing of the security operatives on armed smugglers whose businesses have been frustrated by the customs in recent times, said a thorough investigation would be carried out to unravel the circumstances that led to the attack and to unravel the motive of the assai...
At least 41 African Migrants Die as Boat Sinks Off Tunisia
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At least 41 African Migrants Die as Boat Sinks Off Tunisia

At least 41 migrants drowned after a boat carrying African migrants sank off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, United Nations and Tunisian officials said on Friday, April 16. The Tunisian coastguard had so far recovered 21 bodies, all African migrants and rescued three people. The dead included at least one child, 12 men and 8 women. Seventeen other people were missing. "The boat sank during a trip that started late on Thursday from Sfax... So far, the coastguard has recovered 21 bodies and the search is still continuing," Mouard Mechri,  director of Tunisia's civil protection service, told Reuters. The coastline near the port city of Sfax has become a major departure point for people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East and seeking a be...
Libyan Army Raids Human Smuggling Dens, Arrest 16 Suspects, Rescues 85 Abducted African Migrants
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Libyan Army Raids Human Smuggling Dens, Arrest 16 Suspects, Rescues 85 Abducted African Migrants

Libyan Army on Sunday, March 21, raided human smuggling dens in Nessma town, south of Bani Walid, arrested 16 smugglers and freed 85 African migrants held in captivity. Brigade 444 said its forces had neutralized the hideouts which is about 200km from Tripoli and arrested the smugglers whom it said were criminals wanted by the authorities but had never been apprehended. The brigade added on Facebook that during the delicate "combat operation", its forces had freed 85 African abductees, in addition to ending the smugglers' kidnap, looting, and banditry in the area that were burdening the residents for a long time, seizing weapons and vehicles they were using. "Our forces are still working on ending such crimes in order to exact justice and reach every criminal hideout in the country....
One Dead, Seven Injured as Suspected Smugglers and Customs Clash in Ogun State
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One Dead, Seven Injured as Suspected Smugglers and Customs Clash in Ogun State

One person was killed while seven others sustained injuries when men of the Nigerian Customs Service clashed with suspected smugglers along Sagamu Interchange/Abeokuta expressway in Ogun State. Three Customs operatives, a military officer and three smugglers were seriously injured while a man said to be a rice trader was killed during the clash which occurred on Tuesday morning. It was gathered that the suspected smugglers who were conveying imported rice to Samagu from Abeokuta ran into Customs operatives from the Federal Operations Unit Ikeja, who intercepted the goods. There was said to be resistance from some hoodlums allegedly working with the suspected smugglers, leading to a crossfire with soldiers who were called for reinforcement . An eyewitness who spoke to the ...
One dead, seven injured as suspected smugglers and customs clash in Ogun
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One dead, seven injured as suspected smugglers and customs clash in Ogun

One person was killed while seven others sustained injuries when men of the Nigerian Customs Service clashed with suspected smugglers along Sagamu Interchange/Abeokuta expressway in Ogun State.   Three Customs operatives, a military officer and three smugglers were seriously injured while a man said to be a rice trader was killed during the clash which occurred on Tuesday morning.   It was gathered that the suspected smugglers who were conveying imported rice to Samagu from Abeokuta ran into Customs operatives from the Federal Operations Unit Ikeja, who intercepted the goods.   There was said to be resistance from some hoodlums allegedly working with the suspected smugglers, leading to a crossfire with soldiers who were called for reinforcement .   ...
#EndSARS: Smugglers Take Over Mile2/Seme Route
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#EndSARS: Smugglers Take Over Mile2/Seme Route

SMUGGLERS are having a free ride along the Mile2/Seme Expressway, Lagos, transporting large quantities of imported rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, fish and other banned imports into the country. Vanguard Maritime Report gathered that as a result of the #EndSARS protest by Nigerian youths across the nation and the subsequent civil unrest, officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, the Police, the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, and other security services have vacated the route. Some persons of questionable characters and motives under the guise of the civil unrest, had attacked the security agents especially the Police. A source told Vanguard Maritime Report that the crisis created room for free smuggling from Cotonou into the country violating gover...
CBN Resumes Dollar Sales for SMEs, School Fees
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CBN Resumes Dollar Sales for SMEs, School Fees

In view of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown both globally and in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has resumed provision of foreign exchange to all commercial banks for onward sales to parents wishing to pay schools fees and SMEs wishing to make essential imports needed to revamp economic activities across the country. In a statement released this afternoon, the apex bank said it is resuming the provision of over US$100 million per week for both categories and has also made complete arrangements to resume foreign exchange sales to the BDC segment of the market for business travels, personal travels, and other designated retail uses, as soon as international flights resume. The bank says there is no need for panic by any end-user that could necessitate ...
Customs Seizes 1,393 Bags of Rice Hidden in Gas Cylinders
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Customs Seizes 1,393 Bags of Rice Hidden in Gas Cylinders

Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have intercepted 1, 393 bags of rice concealed in gas cylinders within Ogun State. Parading the smugglers before newsmen on Wednesday February 19, the Acting Controller of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A in Ikeja, Usman Yahaya said 625 cartons of frozen chicken, 187 jars and 66 drums of vegetable oil were also seized when the suspects were arrested between 5th and 17th February, 2020.   The items conveyed in 12 different vehicles, had a cumulative duty paid value (DPV) of N40.14 million. Yahaya said; “Barely two weeks after the Comptroller-General of Customs’ working visit to Lagos where he showcased various seizures made by FOU A worth over N10 billion, we have again intercepted 1,393 bags of smuggled for...
Two Nigerian Fishermen Caught Trying To Smuggle Petrol To Benin Republic
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Two Nigerian Fishermen Caught Trying To Smuggle Petrol To Benin Republic

The suspects According to The Nation, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) operatives at Badagry have arrested two fishermen for alleged attempt to smuggle 120 jerricans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to Benin Republic. The suspects Jebleh Taiwo and Jebleh Abiodun arrested at Gberefu Beach, a fishing settlement, in Badagry at the weekend. It was gathered that they had loaded the products into a wooden boat which was also impounded by the operatives and its outboard engine seized. Parading the suspects on Friday, NSCDC Lagos Lagos Commandant Fasiu Adeyinka said that criminals along riverine communities were devising new ways following the closure of land border including the use of fishing boats. Adeyinka said smugglers who were short of supply following go...
Customs Impounds Over 4800 Bales Of Second Hand Clothes In Yaba Market, Lagos
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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...
Nigerian Customs Begins Online Auction Of Seized Vehicles, Goods
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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...
Imported Rice Is Poisonous – Customs Boss, Hameed Ali
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Imported Rice Is Poisonous – Customs Boss, Hameed Ali

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Custom Service, Col. Hameed Ali(rtd) at a news conference organised by the Ministry of Finance in Abuja on Thursday appealed to Nigerians to avoid eating foreign rice because it is poisonous. He further declared that the Federal Government had not issued licence for importation of rice and that any rice seen on the streets that was not produced in Nigeria was smuggled. He explained that the reason imported rice is poisonous is because before it comes into the country, it must have spent a minimum of five years in the silos. " A chemical must have been added to sustain its freshness and that chemical is harmful. It has been re-bagged with a new date given as the production and expiry dates, and that is what we consume here which causes diseases. So...
Smugglers threaten CBN’s rice intervention, say processors
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Smugglers threaten CBN’s rice intervention, say processors

Rice processors in Nigeria have raised the alarm that the Federal Government’s financing policy through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is under treat of failing from the activities of rice smugglers. Addressing reporters on the threat in Abuja over the weekend, Chairman of Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RIPAN) Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar lamented that over 1 million metric tons of rice (about 20,000,000 bags of 50kg or 34,000 trucks of rice) have been smuggled into the country in the last three months. Abubakar said: “Nigeria currently loses huge revenues, foreign exchange and jobs to this menace of smuggling while Nigeria rice processing companies are shutting down because of their inability to gain market access and more painfully millions of small-holder farmers are stuck...
How Drug Traffickers Are Swallowing Condoms Filled With Liquid Cocaine
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How Drug Traffickers Are Swallowing Condoms Filled With Liquid Cocaine

Traffickers swallowing condoms filled with liquid cocaine: Interpol. Interpol’s Singapore office, which said methamphetamine remains the region’s most trafficked substance, highlighted the rising trend in a report on an international anti-drug operation in May. Traffickers are increasingly swallowing condoms filled with liquid cocaine to cheat traditional detection methods, Interpol said Tuesday as it pointed to West African and Asian gangs driving the Asia-Pacific narcotics trade. Interpol’s Singapore office, which said methamphetamine remains the region’s most trafficked substance, highlighted the rising trend in a report on an international anti-drug operation in May. The campaign, called Operation Lionfish - ASEAN, involved more than 2,000 police and customs officials in ...
Nigerian Man Arrested In India With Indian Hemp. Police Can’t Unlock His Phone
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Nigerian Man Arrested In India With Indian Hemp. Police Can’t Unlock His Phone

The mobile phone of a Nigerian ‘ganja’ or Indian hemp smuggler, has proven a hard nut for Indian police. Indian police in the city of Visakhapatnam, desirous of knowing the Nigerian contacts announced last night their frustration in being unable to unlock his The Nigerian, identified as Charles Chuks was arrested Saturday night by the City Task Force with 25kg of dry ganja. Chuks, 40, who came to India about 18 months ago on a business visa, was living in Hyderabad. He was the second Nigerian to be arrested for ganja smuggling in the city, The Hindu newspaper said. Here is the account of The Hindu on the arrest: Assistant Commissioner of Police (CTF) I. Chittibabu said that based on credible information about the illegal transportation of ganja they conducted a raid near the Govern...
African Migrants Sold In Libya ‘Slave Markets’, Says IOM
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African Migrants Sold In Libya ‘Slave Markets’, Says IOM

Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in "slave markets" in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold. Migrants with skills like painting or tiling would fetch higher prices, the head of the IOM in Libya told the BBC. Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 Nato-backed ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. Hundreds of young sub-Saharan African men have been caught up in the so-called slave markets, according to the IOM report. Migrants 'forced to starve' A Senegalese migrant, who was not named to protect his identity, said that he had been sold at one such market in the southern Libyan city of Sabha, b...
Exclusive: Pablo Escobar, One Of The Richest And Most Dangerous Drug Lords Of All Time’
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Exclusive: Pablo Escobar, One Of The Richest And Most Dangerous Drug Lords Of All Time’

Although Pablo Escobar died 21 years ago, but his tumultuous story lives on. Born December 1, 1949 in Rionegro, Colombia. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was a Colombian drug Lord and drug trafficker. His cartel, at the height of his career, supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States, turning over US $21.9 billion a year in personal income. Often called "The King of Cocaine", he was the wealthiest criminal in history, with an estimated known net worth of US $30 billion by the early 1990s (equivalent to about $54 billion as of 2015), making him one of the richest men in the world at his prime. After briefly studying at Universidad Autónoma Latino americana of Medellín, he left without a degree and began to engage in criminal activity that involved s...

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