Customs Intercepts Bags Of Poisonous Rice In Ogun

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File photo of Nigeria Customs Service office in Abuja.

 

Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone A, have intercepted over 1000 bags of foreign parboiled rice smuggled into the country through the Benin Republic border.

The Acting Comptroller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu, stated this during a briefing on Thursday.

Ejibunu said the rice with label production from India came in through the Benin land border.

According to him, before further action, the consumables are tested by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

He said it was in the process that it was confirmed that the rice contained lead which he said is poisonous to human health.

He said: “after seizing the smuggled rice, we called NAFDAC to conduct laboratory analysis it was gathered that the rice named SIMBA which consists of Led substances that is poisonous to the body was produced in India”.

Mister Ejibunu Further warned Nigerians to desist from buying any imported rice, saying “no smuggled items will escape through the borders in the southwest under my watch”.

Bandits Invade Housing Estate In Kaduna, Kidnap Customs Officer, Five Others

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A file photo of three armed men.

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked a low-cost housing estate at Kofar Gayan in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnapped six people including a Customs officer and his son.

The police authorities are yet to confirm the incident but a resident of the area told Channels Television that the bandits invaded the estate at about 8 pm on Wednesday and started shooting sporadically. They moved straight to the Customs officer’s residence and thereafter took him away along with his son.

According to the source, the bandits trailed him from his family house in Zaria city down to the estate.  Four others within the estate were later abducted by the gunmen.


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Photo of the damaged AK9 Abuja-Kaduna train

 

The incident comes two days after bandits attacked an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train, killed eight people, injured 26, and kidnapped an unspecified number of persons.

Kaduna State and several others in the northwest and north-central regions have suffered from banditry in recent years.

The gunmen have largely targeted schools and other public facilities. Several persons have also been killed and many others injured in the incessant attacks.

Despite efforts by security agencies and the government, attacks by the armed men have continued and there are fears it might spread to other parts of the country.

While the bandits, who have since been declared terrorists by the government, initially attacked communities on the outskirts of states, they have somewhat become brazen in their renewed assaults.

Earlier in the month, they attacked the Kaduna Airport before storming the Abuja-Kaduna rail line a few days later, forcing commuters to resort to road transportation which was largely abandoned due to the rising security concerns in the state.

Customs Intercept Donkey Skin Packed In Lagos Warehouse

 

The Nigeria Customs Service (Strike Force) in Western Zone has intercepted donkey skin packed in a warehouse in Lagos.

The coordinator of the unit, Deputy Comptroller Mohammed Yusuf, said information about the items was gotten through intelligence gathering and impounded in the early hours of Thursday.

He said the reconstituted unit under his watch will give smugglers the run for their life.

The donkey skin has a duty paid value DPV of N2. 4 million. Also impounded is 137.3kg of Cannabis Sativa with DPV of 13.043Million

He noted that all seizures made in the full implementation of the customs and excise Management Act as Amended

Other seizures made by the unit in the last month are A 3×20 Ft Container of raw timber, 1,000 bags of foreign parboiled rice seized in cement haulage truck, used tyres, used clothing, and shoes.

The DPV Value of the seized items stands at N32 million.

Bandits Abduct Customs Officer In Zamfara, Demand N10m

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A file photo of three armed men.

 

Suspected bandits have abducted the regional accountant of Nigerian Customs Service in charge of Kano & Jigawa State, Mr Mahassan Lawal.

Mr Lawal was kidnapped late on Friday night in his country home of Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State. The officer was whisked away by gunmen who came in their large numbers and made their way into the local government headquarters.

A younger brother to the victim, Umar Lawal,  told Channels Television that the abductors have contacted the family and demanded N10 million as ransom. He said as of 12:00 pm on Saturday, they had negotiated for the release of the abductee at N3 million but the bandits insisted on N10 million as the last option.

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The victim’s brother added that as of 1:00 pm, the gunmen switched off their phones and the negotiation was off since they could not be reached for further dialogue.

“They demanded N10 million and we tried to negotiate it to N3b million but the bandits insisted on the N10 million. So, after we told them N3 million, they switched off the phone. That was on Saturday.

“They called again yesterday and insisted on the same N10 million,” Umar explained.

Police authorities in the state are yet to comment on the incident as the state police spokesman, SP Muhammed Shehu, was unavailable to take calls when reached.

Tsafe local government in Zamfara State has been experiencing the resurgence of banditry recently which necessitated the state government to ban operations of motorcycles from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am as part of measures to address insecurity affecting the area.

The town is the hometown of the State Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mamman Tsafe, and is about 41 kilometers from the state capital, Gusau. Further details as regards the latest incident are expected in the coming hours.

Reps Recommend N390m Compensation For Extrajudicial Killings By Customs

File photo: Mr Femi Gbajabiamila presides over a plenary at the House of Representatives chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The House of Representatives on Tuesday called on the Nigeria Customs Service to pay N390,000,000 as compensation to victims of extrajudicial killings and injuries caused by its officers across the country.

This is sequel to the recommendations in the reports by the House Committee on Customs and Excise after investigating two incidents in Oyo State and one incident in Katsina State.

Chairman of the Committee on Customs and Excise, Leke Abejide, had last week presented the reports, which the House considered and adopted in plenary on Tuesday.

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This is after the committee probed the unrest in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State due to the killing of indigenes by men of the Nigeria Customs Service.

In upholding the committee’s recommendation, the House agreed that “life has no duplicate and cannot be replaced once lost, as such, the families of the deceased should be compensated in monetary terms, each soul lost at the Iseyin incidence be compensated by the Nigeria Customs Service with the sum of N20, 000,000 each. The number of souls lost being four; the value of total compensation for the four deceased is N80, 000,000 only.”

“For the person who sustained a gunshot injury in the Iseyin incident, the sum of N2,000,000 only be paid as compensation for the treatment of the injuries sustained,” the recommendation further read.

“The grand total for compensation for both the deceased and the injured is the sum of N82,000,000 only.”

How Customs Comptroller ‘Forcefully’ Breached Airport Security – FAAN

A file photo of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
A file photo of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has accused officers of the Nigeria Customs Service of breaching the security system at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

FAAN spokesperson, Henrietta Yakubu issued a statement on Monday, alleging that the Customs Area Comptroller for Hajj and Cargo Terminal and his officers assaulted Aviation Security officers on Thursday and forcefully took over Gate 3 of the airport.

According to her, such security breaches were becoming recurrent and must cease.

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“At about 17.45hrs on Thursday, January 20, 2022, while the AVSEC officers on day duty at Gate 3 were profiling a NAHCO vehicle that wanted to access the Security Restricted Area via Gate 3, the Customs Area Comptroller for Hajj and Cargo Terminal suddenly emerged and pulled off behind the NAHCO vehicle that was being attended to,” the statement said.

“And CSC Agunbiade, a Customs officer on the area comptroller’s entourage later shoved aside the AVSEC officer at the gate, forcefully took over the gate and opened the gate for the comptroller and his escorts to forcefully access the Security Restricted Area via the gate.

“While accessing the gate, the armed escorts to the comptroller threatened to beat up the AVSEC officers at the gate if they dare resist their assault and breach of security.

“This blatant abuse of the privilege of bearing firearms by the NCS has become a recurrent threat to the safety and security of our staff and our operations.”

While pledging to keep working to resolve all its challenges decisively, FAAN appealed to all stakeholders to respect its mandate by being disciplined and professional in the interest of national security and operational safety.

Senegalese Customs Seize $5m Worth Of Ammunition

Senegal, officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country in West Africa
Senegal, officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country in West Africa

 

Senegal has seized three containers of ammunition from a Guyana-flagged cargo ship in the port of the capital Dakar, in a rare arms haul worth an estimated $5 million.

In a statement seen by AFP on Tuesday, Senegal’s customs agency said it had searched a ship named the Eolika when it stopped to refuel, after it had made “inconsistent declarations”.

Customs agents in the West African country found three containers of ammunition aboard the Eolika, worth the equivalent of an estimated $5.2 million, the statement said.

The customs agency did not mention when the operation occurred.

The crew members — whom local media reported were Ukrainian — are currently being questioned.

AFP was unable to independently confirm the nationality of the crew, however. A Senegal’s customs agency spokesman would not confirm the information.

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Eolika’s final destination is also unknown. However, specialised website Vesselfinder showed that the vessel had stopped in northern Italy and Spain’s Canary Islands en route to Dakar.

Drugs are periodically found on vessels anchoring in the port of Dakar, an important trading hub on the Atlantic Ocean. However, arms hauls are rare.

In June 2021, Senegal’s navy seized eight tonnes of cannabis from a vessel off the coast of the country.

Customs Intercept 3,620 Rounds Of Ammunition In Kwara

 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 3,620 rounds of ammunition in Kwara state.

The rounds of ammunition packed in 14 cartons were intercepted at Bukuro, Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State, a border community between Nigeria and the Benin Republic.

The Kwara State Area Commander of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Hussaini Ahmed addresses newsmen

 

The Kwara area commander of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Hussaini Ahmed, disclosed this while addressing a news conference in Ilorin.

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He said that a Peugeot 504 was searched at Bukuro based on an intelligence report and found to contain the pump-action cartridges suspected to have been smuggled into the country.

On revenue drive, Comptroller Ahmed also disclosed that his command generated and remitted a total of nine point eight billion naira (N9.8 billion) between January and December, last year.

This is two billion naira higher than the 2019 revenue.

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Sokoto Accident: Four Killed As Mob Razes Customs Vehicles

Sokoto, usually referred to as Sokoto State to distinguish it from the city of Sokoto, is located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near to the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River
Sokoto State is located in the north-west region of Nigeria.

 

No fewer than four persons have died in a road accident involving three commercial vehicles in Sokoto State.

This led to a protest by an angry mob that razed two vehicles belonging to the Nigeria Customs Service.

The mob blamed the fatal accident that claimed the lives of the four persons on the customs checkpoint at Asara Unit of Illela Command.

In his reaction, the spokesman for the Sokoto/Zamfara Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Tahir Balarabe, described the incident as unfortunate

He confirmed that two vehicles belonging to the command, and one other belonging to the officer in charge of the unit were burnt by the angry mob.

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Balarabe stressed that the officials were only carrying out their legitimate duties by preventing the smuggling of contrabands into the country, as stipulated by the Customs and Excise Law.

Narrating how the accident occurred, eyewitnesses claimed that three cars collided in an attempt to evade arrest and a stop and search operation at the checkpoint mounted by customs officials.

The drivers involved, according to sources, loaded their vehicles with contrabands such as foreign rice and vegetable oil.

On sighting the customs checkpoint, they were said to have made an attempt to evade arrest and, in the process, caused the accidents that left several other persons with different degrees of injury.

While four persons were confirmed dead at the scene of the accident, six other injured victims were rushed to a nearby hospital in Gwadabawa Local Government Area of the state.

In swift reaction to the incident, an angry crowd at the village began to attack the property and other facilities of the customs – an action that led to the burning of two operational vehicles.

According to witnesses, it took the timely intervention of troops of the Nigerian Army to stop the mob from further attacking the customs facilities.

Benin Republic Hands Over Container Load Of Tramadol Worth N1.4bn To Customs

A senior officer is seen in this photo released by the customs on December 26, 2021.

 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Area Command, has received items suspected to be tramadol capsules concealed with packages of jumbo size adult diapers in a 40-feet container from officers of the Republic of Benin.

A statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Hussain Abdulahi, revealed that the items have a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,447,297,050.

Abdullahi, who quoted the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bello Jibo, said the container was handed over to the command by authorities in the Republic of Benin under transit to Nigeria on November 15.

According to Jibo, neither the owner nor any other person has come forward to continue the process of clearance procedure the customs took delivery of the container.

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“On the December 20, Seme Customs Service invited other security agencies and stakeholders to witness the examination of the said container,” Jibo was quoted as saying in the statement.

“The items discovered during 100 per cent examination are 200 packages of adult diapers, 100 cartons of Gabadol 120mg suspected to be tramadol equivalent to 360kg. The diapers were smartly arranged at the front of the container while the drugs were at the back.

“I directed that samples be taken out officially and handed over to National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ascertain and confirm the drugs.”

The controller added that the command has initiated a full-scale investigation with a view to fishing out those involved in the illicit importation.

Customs Seizes Over N6m Worth Of Fake Aphrodisiacs In Katsina

Katsina State is in northwest Nigeria.

 

Operatives of the Zone ‘B’ Strike Force of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have intercepted assorted foreign sex drugs worth over N6million in Katsina State.

According to the agency, the drugs, all bearing fake NAFDAC registration numbers, were intercepted in Malumfashi and Jibia Local Government Areas of the State as part of the NCS’s ongoing war and zero-tolerance against smuggling.

They included 52 cartons of EJAC powder manpower alongside several manpower capsules such as Bobarak capsule manpower, Ginseng coffee manpower, Sacks manpower, Goldfly, gonorrhoea capsule, amipara plus capsule and hympashy capsule.

The coordinator of the Anti-Smuggling Team, Comptroller-General Oseni Aliyu Olorukooba, disclosed this to journalists in Katsina State while showcasing the recent achievements recorded within the period under review.

He itemised other contrabands seized with a Duty Paid Value of N104,788,000 to include 550 bags of foreign rice, 300 cartons of foreign spaghetti, 790 cartons of foreign soap concealed in noodles and biscuit’s cartons and a motorcycle.

Other items seized included 450 bags of 50kg each of foreign parboiled rice, 100 bags of 25kg each of rice, 300 cartons of foreign spaghetti, 790 cartons of foreign soap, 52 cartons of drugs and one motorcycle.

Olorukooba explained that the team has within the last quarter of the year successfully seized contrabands in the state with the Duty Paid Value of N110,890,000 adding that some suspected smugglers were equally arrested in the process but set on bail.

While assuring people of the state of the readiness of the strike force to adopt revolving strategies aimed at suppressing to the barest minimum smuggling activities in the country, he maintained that smuggling has adverse effects on the country’s economy and trading activities.

Customs Intercept Container Suspected To Be Laden With Guns In Lagos

File photo of guns seized by Customs operatives.

 

A suspected container laden with arms has been intercepted by the Tin Can Island Area Command of the Nigerian Customs Service.

The suspected cargo was discovered in one of the terminals under the command during a routine examination

The Public Relations Officer of the Tin Can Island Area Command, Uche Ejesieme, confirmed the arrest.

“The interception was made during routine examination on Friday,” he said.

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“Following this development, the command intimated the terminal operators and requested that the suspected container be transferred to our enforcement unit for 100% examination.”

He noted that further information on facts and figures are still sketchy, adding that comprehensive information would be made available after the 100% examination after which the command will make an official pronouncement.

The latest seizure is coming days after the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, asked police commanders and officers to brace up to the anticipated internal security challenges that the year 2022 will present.

IGP Baba had explained that 2022 would be very challenging because it precedes the 2023 general elections and the Force would be confronted with the management of threats associated with an active political space.