Five Suspects Arrested Over Attack On Customs Officer In Ogun

A file photo of Customs operatives.

 

 

Suspected smugglers have attacked an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service at Ilashe, a border town in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Public Relations Officer of Ogun I Customs Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the operatives of the command had intercepted 35 bags of 50kg imported rice in the area when the incident occurred.

According to Maiwada, the security operatives were on information patrol to Ilashe village where they intercepted the bags of rice ferried by a convoy of motorcyclists.

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“On their way out of the area, the diehard smugglers mobilised themselves in an overwhelming number, launching a vicious attack with assorted weapons on officers performing their lawful duties.

“In an effort to repel the attack and avoid bloodshed, one officer of the Customs, Assistant Superintendent Chidi Johnson, was brutally macheted, sustaining deep cuts in various parts of his body,” the statement said.

The command spokesman added that the injured officer was immediately rushed to the hospital for medical attention and has been responding to treatment.

He revealed that five suspects were arrested in connection with the incident and have been taken into custody for interrogation.

“We find it unfortunate and strange that the daredevil smugglers who have no regards for laws of the land or coronavirus pandemic disease ravaging the global community resorted to crossing the border through illegal routes to perpetrate such nefarious activities in total disregard of the health and economic well-being of Nigerians.”

“Principally, we seize this opportunity to enjoin the faceless unpatriotic smuggling cartels to stop using uninformed youths as cannon fodders in their nefarious trade,” the station added.

Customs Arrest Two Suspects In Possession Of 42.9m CFA Franc In Katsina

 

The Nigeria Customs Service in Katsina state has arrested two persons with 42.9 million CFA in their possession, an equivalent to N26.5 million.

According to the Sector Coordinator, Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed in a press briefing said that the suspects were arrested by officers of the Sector 4 command of the National Border Drill operation while trying to illegally cross the Kamba border axis of Sokoto state.

“One was arrested trying to cross the border illegally; he doesn’t have a valid document and was in possession of 32 million CFA, while his second was in possession of 9 million CFA.

“If you have currency while going out of the country there is a regulation; you must have a valid document for going out; secondly, you must declare your currency to customs, not more than $10,000 or equivalent.

He added that “They are crossing without documents and with a large amount of money equivalent to N26.5 million.”

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The Customs boss stated that another case is that of three smugglers who offered the sum of N1.5 million cash to the sector as a bribe to bail out their two vehicles loaded with banned second-hand clothes.

 

 

“The second issue is someone who tried to smuggle two busses loaded with banned used cloths; he came to meet us for negotiation instead of running away.

“He offered to give us N2.5 million but he brought N1.5 million so we collected the money, arrested him and seized the consignment.”

He said goods of various types with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N473 million were also intercepted in Katsina state within two weeks across various illegal routes existing in the state.

Items seized include: 362 bales of textile materials, 377 Jumbo bales of used clothes, 270 cartons of foreign Eva soap, 880 bags of 50kg smuggled rice, three trailers of smuggled scrapped metals.

Others are 60 drums of petroleum product, 96 empty drums, 13 drums of diesel, 22 Jumbo sacks of 100Kg snuff and 178 Jerry cans of petroleum product.

Mohammed stressed that the current border closure drill has recorded tremendous success, stating that the crime rate and influx of drugs have reduced.

“The border closure drill has recorded tremendous success; the rate of crime and smuggling of drugs have gone down seriously.

“Sometimes when we work, we are saving residence because if we allow drugs into the state, Nigerian Indian hemp isn’t effective so they are smoking Indian hemp from Ghana because it doesn’t smell and it’s very powerful; if we allow that to enter Katsina, I don’t know what will happen,” he added.

Customs Intercept Jerry Cans Of petrol Smuggled In Caskets

 

A Joint Special Taskforce of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 13 Jerry cans of 25 litres and six Jerry cans of 10 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) concealed in two caskets by suspected smugglers heading to neighbouring countries.

According to the Public Relations Officer, Ogun 1 Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada in a statement, the smugglers were arrested by Men, of Ogun I Command, Federal Operation Unit Zone “A” and CGC’s Strike Force.

He added that the smugglers attempted to take the items across the border to a neighbouring country.

“In continuation of the fight against smuggling, A Joint Special Taskforce comprising of Officers and Men, of Ogun I Command, Federal Operation Unit Zone “A” and CGC’s Strike Force intercepted 13 Jerry cans of 25 litres and six Jerry cans of 10 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) concealed clandestinely in two caskets.

“The said items were conveyed by a daredevil smuggler with the intention of smuggling the items across the border to a neighbouring country in a Mazda 626 with Lagos registration number LSD 617 CW.”

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He reiterated that the Command will not hold back on the fight against smuggling in whatever disguise.

“To this end, the Command wishes to reiterate its stand that there is no retreat on the fight against smuggling in whatever disguise.

“We, therefore, appeal to the general public to embrace legitimate means of livelihood and to avoid smuggling in all its ramifications.

“The eagle eye is all around Ogun state to halt new techniques initiated by economic saboteurs to perpetuate their illicit acts,” he said.

We Have Saved N1.4bn, Arrested Over 460 Smugglers, Migrants Since Border Closure – Customs CG

A file photo of Customs operatives.

 

 

The Nigeria Customs Service says Nigeria has saved N1.4 billion naira since the partial closure of the nation’s borders.

Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), announced this while addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to him, a total of 317 suspected smugglers and 146 illegal migrants were also arrested during the period.

The Customs boss insisted that the partial border closure was yielding the desired results as the nation’s consumption of petroleum products has dropped by 10.2 million litres.

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Thousands were said to have been left stranded as reports of the closure of the nation’s borders emerged in late August.

In its reaction, the Nigerian government denied closure of the borders but explained that it was carrying out a joint operation at various locations involving Customs operatives and that of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) among others.

The Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, in an earlier interview with Channels Television, said, “There is no border closure but there was a border drill and there was an announcement from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).”

On August 28, President Muhammadu Buhari met with his counterpart from Benin Republic Patrice Talon, in Japan where he confirmed that there was a partial closure of Nigeria’s borders with his country.

He attributed the development to the massive smuggling activities that have taken place on that corridor.

The President said Nigeria has saved huge sums of money which would otherwise have been expended on importing rice using the nation’s scarce foreign reserves.

The development was welcomed by the Senate which commended President Buhari for his decision to temporarily close all land borders to address smuggling and its impact on the Nigerian economy.

Members of the lawmaker, during a plenary in September, urged the Customs and other security agencies to intensify efforts at tackling smuggling across the borders.

Some senators had, however, called on the government to be more mindful of the effects of border closure on Nigerians, especially as it relates to the price of food.

20-Year-Old Student Killed After Customs Seize Vehicle From Smugglers

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File photo of Nigeria Customs Service office.

 

A 20-year-old secondary school student has been killed after a Mercedes Benz ML rammed into a group of people.

The vehicle had been intercepted by men of the Customs Service in Ogun State, from smugglers.

Customs Public Relations Officer, Abdulahi Maiwada, who confirmed the incident, said it happened when students of the Ojumo Community Secondary School were closing from school.

According to him, three others sustained injuries.

“Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service Ogun Command on routine patrol intercepted a vehicle (Mercedes Benz ML) suspected to have been smuggled into Nigeria,” he said.

“In the process of conveying the said vehicle driven by an Officer of the Service fully escorted by official patrol vehicle, an okada man conveying a passenger crossed their path.

“In a swift response by the driver to avoid collusion with the Okada rider, he lost control and rammed into some group of people coincidentally on a market day of Ihumbo Community.

“Unfortunately one of the victims, a 20-year-old student of Ojumo Community Secondary School named Opeyemi Odusinan, instantly died and three people sustained various degrees of injuries.”

According to the statement, two of those injured have been discharged from the hospital with the third person, identified as Sunday Adeniyi, is still receiving treatment at the General Hospital Idiroko.

The command expressed its condolences to the family, school and friends of the deceased.

It also prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the ‘irreparable loss’.

Furthermore, the command stated that it is working assiduously to carter for those who had sustained injuries.

It, however, condemned those it described as mischief makers for taking advantage of the situation to attack Customs vehicles.

Two Killed, Three Injured As Customs Border Operators Clash With Smugglers

Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Bashir Abubakar during a visit to some of the victims at Katsina General Hospital.

 

No fewer than two persons were killed and four others injured during a border drill operation by Nigerian Customs Service officers in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The drill, which occurred in the early hours of Monday, turned violent when some of the smugglers resisted the officers’ carrying out the operation.

Major stores with traders that deal in smuggled items including foreign rice, sugar, milk, macaroni, spaghetti, and second-hand clothes were raided by the officers.

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The Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service and leader of the Sector 4 command of the National Border Drill Operation, Bashir Abubakar confirmed the incident while addressing journalists on Monday at the Katsina 17 Brigade Headquarters.

He added that the operation started on Monday night at about 1:00 am following intelligence gathered by the joined operation network.

Abubakar also condoled with the victims of the operation and paid a visit to some of them currently receiving treatment at Katsina General Hospital.

He decried series of noncompliance in Daura, Jibia and Babura axis in Katsina and Jigawa States border areas and added that the sector had in the last quarter of its operations seized total of 235 belts of second-hand clothing.

Images of the seized second-hand clothing.

The border closure according to the Federal Government Government is one of the best ways to handle the issue of protecting the lives and property of citizenry and economic security.

The National Security Adviser, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno had earlier in September maintained that the border closure will remain until the objectives behind the closure are achieved.

 

Suspected Smugglers Kill One Customs Officer In Ogun

 

A Customs Officer, Assistant Superintendent, Yakubu Shuaibu, has been shot dead in an ambush by suspected smugglers in Ogun State.

According to the spokesman of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Jerry Attah, another officer sustained gunshot wounds when the attackers laid ambush and opened fire on their way back to the base, after making seizure of smuggled rice.

“They were on a patrol; they had made seizure of smuggled rice while taking the rice to their base, they were ambushed.”

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The late Shuaibu was shot at Akinrun Village, Oja – Odan axis in Yewa North Local Government Area and died from the injuries sustained.

“The officer was shot on Sunday, but he died today.”

The FOU Spokesman said that the officer has been buried according to Islamic rites.

He added that no arrest has been made, but an investigation is still on.

Egypt Detains Two Foreigners For Cocaine Smuggling

 

Egypt on Saturday detained two foreigners for drug smuggling after they flew into Cairo international airport carrying a large quantity of cocaine, official sources told AFP.

A Cairo prosecutor ordered the German woman and Turkish man held “for four days for investigations on charges of bringing in 11 kilogrammes of cocaine” into the country, a judicial source said.

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A security source told AFP the pair arrived on an Emirates flight from Dubai.

Egypt’s cabinet in late January approved a legislative amendment to increase punishments for drug smugglers to include the death penalty.

The proposal still needs to be passed by parliament.

Suspected Smugglers Kill Customs Officer, Injure Another In Ogun

Suspected Smugglers Kills Customs Officer, Injure Another In Ogun

 

Suspected smugglers have killed a customs officer and injured one other personnel during an encounter in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The incident was said to have occurred while the security operatives were on routine patrol in an attempt to secure smuggled rice into the state where eight vehicles loaded with bags of rice were intercepted.

Confirming the incident to reporters on Monday, Ogun Area Controller of Customs, Mr Michael Agbara, explained that the suspects had regrouped before attacking the security operatives.

“One of my gallant officers, Hamish Sani, lost his life in active service. One other member of the team had equally machete cut on the chest. That is exactly what happened,” he said.

Mr Agbara added that the deceased has been buried while the injured had been taken to a hospital for treatment.

He condemned the attack on the security operatives and revealed that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.

 

The Customs controller described the attack on the officers as “a heinous crime”, adding that the culprits would not go unpunished.

He, thereafter, asked other personnel of Customs not to be discouraged by the incident but see it as more reason why smugglers and other criminal elements must not be spared.

“They cannot go away with it. We will pursue them and bring them to justice, and I think that is the only time the spirit of the dead will rest,” Agbara said.

Navy Arrests Suspected Rice Smugglers In Cross River

Navy Arrests Suspected Rice Smugglers In Cross River

 

The Nigerian Navy has arrested four suspects in connection with the smuggling of several bags of rice into Calabar from Cameroon through the Calabar waters in Cross Rivers state.

The suspects were intercepted on Monday while trying to navigate their way into the state capital.

Commander of the NNS Victory, Commodore Julius Nwagu, paraded the suspects at the NNS Jetty a day after they were arrested.

According to him, the smuggled rice valued at more than N6 million were shipped into the waterways from Cameroon using a wooden boat.

The commodore decried the continuous act of smuggling contraband goods into the country and warned those involved to desist from such acts.

He stated that the Navy would remain committed to the Federal Government’s fight against the importation of illegal goods into the country.

He also commended the command for the success stories being achieved in this regard.

The suspects were subsequently handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service for investigation and prosecution.

Four Feared Dead, Six Injured As Smugglers, Customs Clash

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File photo of Nigeria Customs Service office in Abuja.

 

Four persons were feared killed, while six others sustained gunshot wounds following an alleged clash between men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and smugglers at a border town in Ogun State.

The incident was said to have occurred at Ilara, in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of the state at about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The clash occurred when suspected smugglers in a bid to move prohibited bags of rice in a convoy of vehicles to Abeokuta, the State capital, were accosted by a joint anti-smuggling patrol team made up of the operatives of the NCS and soldiers on the “OP MESA”.

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In a bid to confiscate the contraband goods the smugglers put up a stiff resistance during which guns were freely deployed to settle the score.

Confirming the infraction, the Ogun State Area Command Public Relations Officer of the Customs Service, Abdullahi Maiwada said he could not ascertain if there was casualty as investigation is still ongoing.

Smugglers Reportedly Attack Customs Boss In Ogun

Smugglers Reportedly Attack Customs Boss In Ogun

The Area Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Services in Ogun State, Sani Madugu, narrowly escaped death when he was reportedly attacked by smugglers.

He was said to be returning to Idiroko area of the state from Abeokuta at about 8pm on Tuesday alongside eight personnel of the customs when the suspects attacked his convoy.

Madugu, who narrated his ordeal to journalists on Thursday at the Idiroko Customs Headquarters, said the hoodlums took advantage of the traffic jam at Ijako axis to attack his convoy.

“We were caught in the web of a traffic jam at Ijako axis of Abeokuta-Ifo Road when the hoodlums came and attacked my convoy. They destroyed and vandalised our vehicles”, he said.

The customs boss the convoy dispersed the hoodlums with a reinforcement, adding that his men exhibited maturity to avoid any bloodshed.

‘We refused to be provoked, we did not fire guns to avoid calamity, particularly because of innocent motorists and passersby. We have to call for reinforcement before we could leave the scene,” he said.

Madugu, however, noted that the command would not relent in its resolve to clamp down on smugglers, describing the attack as a prove of efficiency on the part of customs.

“The attack would not discourage us, we shall not be intimidated. Attacking us shows that we are working and we are mounting pressure on them. We are always one step ahead of smugglers,” he added.

The comptroller said the case had been reported to the police while investigation had commenced in order to apprehend the suspects.

Meanwhile, he disclosed that the command seized 1,000 bags of rice and 200 kegs of vegetable oil, as well as confiscated some exotic cars believed to be brought into the country illegally in less than a week.