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Centre Takes Possession Of Seized Illicit Arms, Hails NCS

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Centre Takes Possession Of Seized Illicit Arms, Hails NCS

The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) has taken possession of a 40-foot container, loaded with illicit arms and ammunition seized by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Strategic Communications and Information, NCCSALW, Group Capt. Pius Okwuego, on Tuesday in Abuja. Okwuego said the operation by the NCS resulted in the seizure of a 40-foot container loaded with 844 rifles and 112,500 live ammunition in Port Harcourt.

He repeated what the Customs Comptroller General CGC, Adewale Adeniyi said on Monday; identifying the intercepted container, as MAEU165396, that it originated from Turkey and was meticulously tracked by the NCS through their robust Risk Management System.

According to him, the comprehensive examination of the container revealed the following contents:

764 units of Tomahawk Jojef Magnum Black Pump Action Rifles. “It also contained 10 units of VC Verney Caron Gunmakers Jojef Magnum Silver Pump Action Rifles and 50 units of VC Verney Caron Gunmaker Double Barrel Rifles.“

The content also includes 20 units of VC Verney Caron Gunmaker Single Barrel Rifles; Exclusive Series, Sterling High-Quality Live Ammunition (34g) and 25 Plastic Shotgun Shells (70MM).“These arms and ammunition were skillfully concealed within items such as doors, furniture, plumbing fittings and leather bags.“

The duty-paid value of the seized container stands at an estimated ₦4.17 billion,’’ he said.NCCSALW spokesman said that three suspects have been detained in connection with this seizure, adding that further investigations were ongoing to ensure that all parties involved are brought to justice. He said the NCS officially handed over the seized arms and ammunition to the NCCSALW in Port Harcourt.

This transfer, according to him, is a significant step in the collaborative efforts between national security agencies to safeguard Nigeria’s borders and public safety. The National Coordinator of NCCSALW, retired DIG Johnson Kokumo, expressed appreciation to the NCS for its role in the operation. Kokumo said the seizure was a testament to the unwavering contributions of the NCS to protect the nation from the dangers posed by illicit arms.

He assured that the centre would ensure that the weapons were properly documented and destroyed to prevent them from ever posing a threat to society. He also emphasised the importance of continued collaboration between the NCCSALW and NCS, as well as other security agencies, to effectively combat the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.“

The NCCSALW extends its gratitude to the National Security Adviser for his steadfast support and guidance in the Centre’s mission to create a safer Nigeria.“The cooperation and intelligence sharing among local, national and international partners were instrumental in the success of this operation,’’ he said.

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

…Pledged collaboration to ensure the transportation sector is professionally driven

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola (right), receiving a plaque from the President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr Segun Obayendo, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

The DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr. Segun Obayendo; the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola; the Executive Director of Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; and the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship at the institute.

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

President Bola Tinubu has kicked out the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Muhammed Bello-Koko and replaced him with Dr Abubakar Dantsoho. He also approved the appointment of Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the NPA Board.

A statement by his spokesman, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the new Managing Director is a core professional and holds a PhD, in Maritime Technology.

“Dr Dantsoho holds a Doctorate in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr Abubakar-Dantsoho

“Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing”, Ngelale stated, adding:

“Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician,” the statement further said.

Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye

Adeyeye is a former Minister of State for Works and a former Ekiti South Senatorial District senator.

“The President expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved industry outcomes,” Ajuri Ngelale indicated further.

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed concern over the lack of understanding among some freight forwarders regarding the role of the Enforcement Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Tin Can Port.

In a statement released by NAGAFF Headquarters, the association emphasized that the Enforcement Unit serves as gatekeeper and an intervention force, mandated to police the ports and border stations, acting on intelligence information from the Customs Intelligence Unit, Interpol, and informants.

NAGAFF clarified that the Customs Intelligence Unit operates effectively, bursting revenue crimes in customs ports, and encouraged freight forwarders to report any corruption or observations to the appropriate authorities.

Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The association advised freight forwarders to maintain professional standards, ensuring genuine declaration of imports and exports for customs purposes, as non-disclosure is an offence against customs laws, leading to seizure and prosecution.

NAGAFF assured high response rates from its High Command to protect genuine declarations and compliance, emphasizing that the Comptroller General of Customs and his management team will not tolerate any corrupt acts.

The statement was signed by Dr Clement Iwegbuna, NPS, NAGAFF Hqtrs, and forwarded to the Comptroller General of Customs, DCG Enforcement, and DCG T&T Hqtrs for their information and records.

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