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3 tons of cocaine found in banana puree shipment at Dutch port



3 tons of cocaine found in banana puree shipment at Dutch port

Dutch customs officers discovered three tons of cocaine stashed between barrels of banana puree at the port of Rotterdam.

The drug haul with a street value of $266 million was discovered earlier this week in a container from Ecuador, prosecutors said on Friday.

It was one of the largest amounts of cocaine ever discovered at the port, authorities said.

The drugs have since been destroyed.

Also read: CUSTOMS: PTML Command collects N104.6bn in 6months

The container was destined for a company in Basel, Switzerland, which investigators believe that it likely has nothing to do with the smuggling operation.

Dutch customs officials said earlier that around 50 tons of drugs, destined for Dutch ports, were confiscated in the first half of 2021.

Around 22 tons were confiscated in the Netherlands itself and customs investigators discovered 28 tons abroad.





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LASU VC, Olatunji-Bello Fine-tunes Tuesday Lecture Reception For Okhiria, Osiyemi, Giwa



LASU VC, Olatunji-Bello Fine-tunes Tuesday Lecture Reception For Okhiria, Osiyemi, Giwa

…As Authorities commit to making the Rails system truly, people friendly 

The Lagos State University (LASU) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello, is reportedly fine-tuning the red carpet reception for Engr. Freeborn Okhiria, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) who is expected to sail into LASU, on Tuesday, in a bid to complement empirical realities with academic templates.

The Maritime First learnt that while the LASU School of Transport and Logistics is set to hold its Professorial Chair Guest Lecture, the Lagos State Government, whose intervention in the Light, Blue and not so blue Rails are already creating waves, is determined to harness its potential, and therefore, assiduously working at utilising the gains of experience on ground towards building a future it projects.

LASU VC, Olatunji-Bello Fine-tunes Tuesday Lecture Reception For Okhiria, Osiyemi, Giwa
Engr. Fidet-Okhiria

Consequently, the Special Guest will be the Honourable Commissioner for Transport, Lagos State, Hon. Oluwaseun Osiyemi; while the main Guest is Hon. Sola Giwa, the Special Adviser on Transportation in Lagos State.

The Endowed Professorial Chair on Transport Logistics, Prof. Bamidele Badejo who dropped the hint, affirmed that the venue for the crucial event remains the Femi Gbajabiamila Conference Centre, Lagos State University, Main Campus Ojo. Lagos; and the takeoff time is noon (tomorrow), Tuesday.

Also Read: LASU: Town, Meets Gown Next Tuesday, To Make Rails Transportation More Meaningful

“We Are LASU, We Are Great!”, Prof. Bamidele Badejo stated further, highlighting the authorities’ determination to make the rail system truly and effectively relevant to the people.

The Co-Host of the event is Prof. Charles Asenime, Dean School of Transport & Logistics.

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Mission to Seafarers Lagos To Establish Designated Jetty To Enhance Seafarers’ Welfare



Mission to Seafarers Lagos To Establish Designated Jetty To Enhance Seafarers' Welfare

MTS Lagos Chairman, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, Makes Announcement at Annual Sea Sunday Service and Award Giving Ceremony

In a bid to enhance the welfare of seafarers, the Mission to Seafarers (MTS) Lagos has announced plans to establish a designated jetty for seafarers.

This development was made known by the Chairman of MTS Lagos, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, during the 2024 Annual Sea Sunday Service and Award Giving Ceremony held at All Souls’ Anglican Church, Lekki, Lagos.

Sarumi expressed his delight at the increased patronage of the MTS Lagos facility in Apapa since its enhancement to global best standards.

 He encouraged seafarers worldwide to explore the modern facility during their visits to Lagos seaports.

 The Chairman also acknowledged the challenges faced by seafarers, including physical danger, suicide risks, long voyages without shore leaves, psychological trauma, piracy fears, illnesses, and more.

The anticipated jetty promised to MTS Lagos will facilitate safer corridors and access to the MTS Lagos Centre. This development complements the recent partnership with the Nigerian Navy FOC Command and other maritime agencies.

The Chairman of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) Princess Vicky Haastrup, pledged the support of Nigerian seaport terminals to the welfare of seafarers and the MTS Lagos.

Haastrup charged other stakeholders to play an active role in ensuring seafarers get the value and regard they deserve for the essential services they provide around the world.

Also speaking, the Principal Partner, Jean Chiazor and Partners, Mrs. Jean Chiazor Anishere (SAN), beckoned on ship owners to prioritize the welfare of their seafarers and provide for their skills development.

“Seafarers deserve support financially, materially, psychologically and spiritually.

MTS Lagos provides this support and all stakeholders in the shipping sector should participate by financially sponsoring the MTS. It is important that when seafarers come to land, they have a place like the MTS Centre in Apapa where they can rest their heads, play games, swim, get good food and drinks before going back to sea,” she said.


The Chaplain of MTS Lagos, Reverend Francis Bimbo Aduroja, recalled that a year ago, the MTS Center was nothing to write home about; but affirmed that today it is “a place to be.”

“We thank God for the renovation that has taken place and the state-of-the-art facilities available at the centre. We are grateful to all our stakeholders, especially the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA),” he remarked.

The President, the Women in Shipping and Trading Association, Dr  Odunayo Ani, commended the effort of the Mission to Seafarers for establishing a recreation centre for Seafarers to relax when calling Nigerian Ports.

A member of the management board of MTS Lagos, Mrs. Yetunde Akinluyi, asserted that there has been ever-increasing support from stakeholders to MTS Lagos.

Her words: “The support we have gotten from stakeholders has steadily increased over the years. It has not only been support financially or with equipment; we have also gotten support via services.

We have gotten more support in services than in any other form and we are grateful for this. We have a lot of people who come to MTS Lagos to ask what they could do for the Center. NMLA has provided immense support legally while several others visit the Center to provide therapeutic and psychological support to seafarers at no cost to the MTS.”

The event also featured remarks from notable stakeholders, including the Secretary-General, MTS Worldwide, Mr. Andrew Wright; the Chairman of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup; and the Principal Partner, Jean Chiazor and Partners, Mrs. Jean Chiazor Anishere (SAN).

Awards were presented to industry leaders, including Princess Vicky Haastrup, Mrs Funke Agbor (SAN), Jean Chiazor Anishere (SAN), Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, and Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, in recognition of their contributions to the welfare of seafarers.

The establishment of the designated jetty and the enhanced facilities at MTS Lagos demonstrate the organization’s commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment for seafarers.

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Western Seaports: NAGAFF Compliance Team Sounds Alarm Over Scanning Machine Operators’ Sabotage



Western Seaports: NAGAFF Compliance Team Sounds Alarm Over Scanning Machine Operators' Sabotage

…Urges NSA to call terminal operators and their collaborators to order

In a shocking revelation, the 100% Compliance Team of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has raised the alarm on the alleged malicious activities of scanning machine operators in the Western Seaports. 

The team has petitioned the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, to take swift action against the operators for deliberately subverting the original plan and purpose of introducing scanning machines in cargo clearing processes.

According to the team, the operators are circumventing the system, insisting on using their own trucks instead of the conventional method, causing delays, demurrage, and double payments for agents.

 This cumbersome procedure is not only breeding corruption but also poses significant security risks.

The team lamented that the efforts of the Federal Government to secure the nation are being grossly undermined by some agencies, concessionaires, and public officers in positions of authority. 

They commended the NSA for the procurement of scanning machines, which was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to secure the country.

The team urged the NSA to call the terminal operators and their collaborators to order, to prevent further loss of government revenue, security implications, and impairment of trade facilitation.

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