All Nigerians Should See Smuggling As A Crime – Attah

The Nigeria Customs Service is asking for the cooperation of all Nigerians in the fight against smuggling across the country.

The spokesman for the service, Joseph Attah, made this known during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday.

According to him, Nigerian citizens should see smuggling as a crime.

“The fact that you have gotten someone to help you beat the checks at the border does not change the status of what is in your possession.

“If it is smuggled, it is still a smuggled item and is liable to seizure. We are asking for collaboration. All Nigerians should see smuggling as a crime,” he said.

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Decrying the prevailing rate of smuggling, the Customs spokesman said further: “It will surprise you to know that there are many Nigerians that still see smuggling as business, not a crime.

“But I have you know that smuggling is not just a crime, but the mother of every crime, like a pregnant woman that gives birth. It is through smuggling that armed robbers will get their arms from the black market, through smuggling we get dangerous drugs, through smuggling, we get rice that is injurious to your health.”

He, however, reiterated the commitment of the service in effectively curbing the menace of smuggling for the overall interest of the nation.

Customs Dismiss 17 Junior Officers For Various Offences

Nigeria Customs Officers, offencesThe Nigeria Customs Service has dismissed 17 junior officers for various offences.

The agency says their offences include drug addiction, certificate forgery, theft and absence from duty.

The dismissal was made public on Sunday in a statement by the Customs spokesman, Wale Adeniyi.

“Appointment of two other officers have been terminated for absence from duty while one officer was retired for drug addiction,” he said.

The Customs hinted that it was also investigating the senior officers, stating that erring officers would be sanctioned accordingly.

“Investigations into offences committed by the officers in the senior category are now being concluded.

“Officers found guilty are expected to face similar stiff penalties,” he added.

Mr Adeniyi explained further that the process was a continuation of the reform agenda of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (retired).

He said Customs boss had promised to emphasis discipline, good conduct and transparency upon his assumption of office.

Leaders Must Rise Above Personal Interests – Gov. Ambode

Lagos State, lekki free zoneNigeria’s present economic situation may still be biting hard, but the situation urgently requires elected leaders to put aside personal differences and interests and focus on delivering good governance to those they represent.

This charge was giving by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to participants of the ongoing maiden edition of the executive and legislative retreat in Lagos.

Governor Ambode said that the recession taking its toll on Nigerians is a wakeup call for leaders at all levels to come together for the purpose of rescuing the nation rather than seeing it as an opportunity to amass resources for selfish purposes.

The 3-day retreat had in attendance members of the executive and the legislature at the state and federal level.

Party leaders from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the state were also part of it.

NDLEA Seeks More Support To Curb Drug Abuse

NDLEAThe Ogun state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has called for more synergy among other security agencies for effective prohibition of drug abuse among the youths of the country.

The state commander of the agency, Mr Bala Fagae made the call in Abeokuta, the state capital while taking delivery of 70 parcels of substance suspected to be Indian hemp from the state command of the Nigeria Customs command.

The substance was meticulously and neatly packed in envelops, valued at over two million naira.

The state commander said that urgent steps must be taken to reduce crime rate among the youths, saying that 60 to 70% of crimes committed daily in the country are linked to the effects of illicit drugs.

According to the state commander of the Nigeria Customs, the Indian hemp was intercepted along the Idi Iroko border post of the state.

Customs Destroys Imported Frozen Poultry

Nigeria CustomsMen of Nigeria Customs Service have destroyed imported frozen poultry product worth over 220 million Naira.

The truck carrying the contraband product was intercepted along the Benin-Ore-Lagos expressway by men of the Federal Operation Unit Zone C.

The Deputy Comptroller General of Customs Enforcement, Sola Oladesu, supervised the destruction exercise at the Customs House in Benin City the Edo state capital.

He reiterated the readiness of the Nigeria Customs Service to continue its ongoing crackdown on smugglers across the country.

He also said that apart from the issue of revenue generation for the federal government, the Nigeria Customs service is also worried about the health implications of the activities of smugglers.

Basketball: Rivers Hoopers Continue Fine League Form

Rivers Hoopers, Basketball, DSTVRivers Hoopers have continued their fine form in the Nigeria Premier Basketball League with a slim 59-53 win of the Oluyole Warriors in a weary match up in Port Harcourt.

Point Guard, Chimobi Azubuike, scored 16 points while Somto Chukwu Managor and Moses Godffrey added 8 apiece and 6 rebounds in a very close encounter in Hoopers fourth straight win of the season.

The former champions went into the game in confident mood after wrapping up three straight wins. Although both sides started slowly as no shots were made in the first two minutes of the first quarter.

It was Friday’s hero, Ronald Alalibo whose shot in 8:30 opened the basket for both teams followed up by 3-pointers from the opposing side sparked the game to life.

Azubuike’s double shot with less than 40 seconds on the clock ensured the Port Harcourt side head to the second quarter with 15-13 lead.

The Petroleum Engineering student of the University of Port Harcourt continued from where he left off in the first quarter with two straight shot within few seconds of the second .The game was tied in different occasion, 2:57 25-25, 0:54 27-27 before Moses’s three point shot before the buzzer gave Hoopers the lead going to the break 30-29.

Similarly, Azubuike continued with his brilliant performance in the third quarter with two steals and it also recorded tied points from both teams in 6:26 36-36, 5:45 38-38.

The host, however, got a 10-point lead 54-44 in the fourth with less than five minutes on the clock but the Warriors successfully reduced the deficit but could not snatch the win as they were made to do catch up till the end of the game.

The excited Ogoh Odaudu dedicated the double win to Hoopers’ fans.

“It is a great feeling and it’s something we could have done over and over again during the regular season. It is the last time our fans would see us play this season so we had to give them something to go home with. So the double win was not for us but for our fans.

“If you look at both teams you could see that fatigue had set in a little bit because it was a strenuous game yesterday (Friday) both teams burnt themselves out and today (Saturday) fatigue started setting in and it was a slow and unimpressive game but most importantly is that we came out top.” Odaudu said.

Oluyole Warriors coach, Taye Shobolu hopes his team can still make the last four from the Atlantic Conference of the DSTV Basketball League.

“I am not disappointed. My players did their best and you all can see that the score is so close. Delta Force still have a game in Lagos against Nigeria Customs and the outcome of the game will determine our fate.” Shobolu explained.

Rivers Hoopers will next play Conference leaders, Kwara Falcons on May 27 and 28 in Ilorin which will be the team’s last game of the regular season. Falcons have remained unbeaten on home court.

Rice Importation: Customs Restate Commitment To Upholding Restrictions

Customs on Rice importationNigeria Customs Service has restated its commitment to restricting the importation of rice.

The Area Comptroller Customs, Oyo/Osun Command, Temitope Ogunkua, made the declaration on Saturday at the command headquarters in Ibadan.

Mr Ogunkua advised traders and importers of rice to perfect their papers for the right channel through the ports.

He insisted that there was no going back on the rice ban, as it had adversely affected Nigeria’s revenue generation.

The Customs officer also lamented that smugglers had explored the loopholes in porous borders to bring in rice without paying duties.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, had implored the Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd), during a visit to the state, to rethink the ban and give room for alternatives to be provided before shutting out imported rice.

Some of the traders and consumers have also decried the ban on rice importation through the borders, coupled with the fuel scarcity, epileptic power supply and non-payment of salaries.

Police Foil Robbery At Seme Border

Seme BorderSecurity operatives have foiled an attempted robbery at the Seme border between Nigeria and Benin Republic.

According to the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who visited the scene of the encounter, the robbery was repelled following an intelligence report.

Mr Owoseni told journalists that the armed men had planned to raid the banks in the area but were stopped by the Nigerian Police in conjunction with men of the Nigeria Customs, Immigration, Army and Navy, as well as security personnel from Benin Republic.

The operation resulted in the recovery of 2,374 rounds of ammunition, explosives, and life jackets.

The Lagos Police chief praised the efforts of the security operatives, saying it is the outcome of an effective intelligence-led policing and community support.

IDPs Want FG To End Insurgency In Nigeria

IDPsInternally displaced persons at the International Christian Centre in Uhogua, Edo State have called on the federal government to intensify efforts in putting an end to the scourge of insurgency which has rendered thousands homeless in Nigeria.

The General Overseer of the camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho speaking to Channels Television said that deliveries from donors were in short supply following the seizure by the Nigeria Customs service at the tin can island port of a 20-feet container laden with materials donated to the camp.

Pastor Folorunsho asked for the urgent release of the materials so that the IDPs can be catered for.

Nigeria, Benin Customs Meet On Implementation Of ECOWAS Trade Agreement

customsThe Nigeria Customs and its Benin Republic counterpart have met and agreed on the implementation of protocol by the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) on the transit of goods between the two countries, to reduce smuggling activities across borders.

Under this agreement, all secondhand vehicles popularly called “Tokunbo”, being imported into Nigeria through the neighbouring Benin Republic, would henceforth be handed over to Nigeria Customs officials at the borders for payment of the necessary import duty and proper documentation.

The meeting between the two sister states was held at the Idiroko border with the representatives of the Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs and the Director General of the Benin Customs and his entourage.

The meeting was mutual, cordial and fruitful as they seek to explore and abide strictly with the ECOWAS trade agreement, especially on the smuggling of used cars without duty payment into Nigeria from the Benin port.

While pledging logistics support by Nigeria to Benin Republic on the fight against banned goods into Nigeria, the Area Comptroller of the Ogun Customs Command, Haruna Mamudu, however bemoaned the proliferation of Rice and poultry products into the country. A situation he said is dangerous to the nation’s economy.

To demonstrate its commitment towards illegal importation of banned frozen poultry products into the country, over 18,000 cartons of frozen Turkey worth 90 million Naira seized from various border posts were destroyed by the command.

Recruitment Scam: Army Parades Suspected Cyber Fraudster

ArmyThe Nigerian Army has advised unsuspecting members of the public to be wary of persons soliciting for funds in order to enlist them into the Army, Nigeria Customs Service or any of the nation’s security agencies.

Speaking in Abuja while parading a suspected cyber fraudster who established two websites on behalf of the Army and the Customs, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies do not ask for money from prospective applicants to facilitate their enlistment into any of the services.

He added that the suspect, Samuel Omoh Eromosele, who also bears the name, Balogun Precious Ehi, opened multiple accounts with two banks with which he defrauded some applicants.

Ajimobi Tasks FG On Erunmu Container Depot

ajimobiThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the Erunmu Inland Container Depot in the state and make it operational.

Represented by his Deputy, Mr Moses Alake Adeyemo, the Governor made this call at his office when a FG delegation, led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Engineer Nebolisa Emodi, paid him a visit.

Mr. Adeyemo lamented the extremely slow pace of the FG on the project which started 10 years ago, but never saw the light of day despite the state government making necessary provisions on the site many years back.

The leader of the delegation and Director of the Shippers’ Council, Mr Patrick Odeh, disclosed that the team which included Nigeria Customs, Shippers’ Council, Ministry of Transport, The Concessionaire, and the host community were in the state to inspect the facility so work can commence on the project.

The Executive Secretary, Bureau of Public Private Partnership in Oyo State, Mr Yinka Fatoki, explained that a lot of bottlenecks from the Customs to the various stakeholders have been major impediments to the laudable initiative.