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.

Indian Officials Arrest Smugglers With Gold Hidden In Their Rectums

This file photo taken on August 24, 2017 shows the Indian Supreme Court building in New Delhi. PHOTO: SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP

Gold smugglers are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to get the metal past customs, Indian officials say, after nearly a dozen people were caught with bullion stashed in their rectums.

India is the world’s second-largest consumer of gold and smuggling has been increasing since duties were raised on the precious metal, an essential part of religious festivals and weddings.

Customs officials acting on a tip-off Sunday detained a group of crafty gold mules as their plane from Sri Lanka touched down in the southern city of Madurai.

“Eleven passengers had concealed some 32 to 50 grams (1.1 to 1.8 ounces) each in their rectums. Another 17 had hidden gold in their luggage,” a senior Directorate of Revenue Intelligence official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The value of the haul was more than 30 million rupees ($500,000), he added.

Demand for gold peaks in the final months of the year as the wedding season gets going and preparations are made for the major Hindu festivals of Diwali and Dussehra.

There has been a rise in smuggling since duties on gold were raised in 2013. But secreting the valuable metal inside a body cavity has really only caught on recently, officials say.

“It seems to be a new trend that has caught up in the last 7-8 months. Since the amounts of gold are not huge, it is easier for them to escape detection,” the customs official said.

The bars are usually wrapped in plastic and shaped like a battery to ease insertion and removal, he said.

“They stuff it in on boarding and then take it out so it is not uncomfortable during the flight. Just before disembarking the plane, they put it back there again,” he said.

“All this is done meticulously so as not to cause any bruise or injury.”

The World Gold Council estimates smuggling networks imported up to 120 tonnes of gold into India in 2016.

Bangladesh has emerged as a major route for smuggled bullion into neighbouring India, with authorities seizing a record 1.5 tonnes at airports in the past three years and arresting more than 100 people.

Smugglers have become more creative as their schemes have been uncovered, with authorities discovering gold bars sewn in clothes or hidden inside traffickers’ bodies and some using wheelchairs to conceal their illicit cargo.

AFP

Migrant Crisis: People Smugglers Make $35bn Annually, Says IOM Head

Niger RepublicPeople smugglers make about $35 billion a year worldwide and they are driving the tragedy of migrants who die trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday.

Increasing numbers of desperate migrants from Africa and elsewhere are dying as they try to reach Europe from Libya, coaxed to do so by smugglers as they wait in detention centres.

The death toll of people crossing the Mediterranean has reached 1,700 so far this year before the summer when many more often make the journey, up from 3,700 in 2015 and 5,000 last year, said IOM head, William Lacy Swing.

“Now, let’s be careful because those are the people we know who died, how many other bodies are submerged in the Mediterranean or buried in the sands of the Sahara?” he told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of a conference on migration.

People smuggling now represents the third largest business for international criminals, after gun and drug trafficking, he said.

Libya has become a major point of departure for migrants from Africa, where lawlessness is spreading six years after the fall of strongman Muammar Gaddafi and migrants say conditions at government-run migrant centres are terrible.

After visiting Libya in March, Lacy Swing said his organisation is ready to return international staff to Libya to handle migrant centres but has so far not been allowed to do so by the United Nation.

On Tuesday the IOM and UN refugee agency UNCHR presented plans in Geneva on boosting operations in Libya. Lacy Swing said the IOM was ready to help the government with Libya’s own internally displaced people and work in migration centres.

He said Europe needs to come up with a comprehensive plan on migration “but I don’t see it happening anytime in the near future, but we’ll do everything we can to support them on it.”

Reuters