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Customs Intercepts 414 Sacks Of Donkey Skin, Contraband worth N71.2m



The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kebbi Command, says it has intercepted a truck loaded with 414 sacks of donkey meat and skins along the Bunza-Kamba axis of the state.

Dr Ben Oramalugo, the Customs Area Controller, made this known while briefing newsmen on the command’s activities, in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.

He said that the seizure of the donkey skin and meat was among the 17 smuggled items intercepted by the command between April 15 and May 15.

“Notably, on Sunday, May 14, following an intelligence report on prohibited items about to be smuggled out of the country through Bunza down to Maje axis, we detailed our officers to increase surveillance along the said routes.

“And through stop-and-search, the officers were able to intercept a truck loaded with 414 sacks of donkey skin and meat along Bunza-Kamba Axis.”

He added that among other items seized were two Toyota Camry 2013 and two Honda Jazz 2005.

Others are, 55 bales of secondhand clothes, 4,925 liters of PMS, 13 bags of foreign parboiled rice, five kegs of vegetable oil, a Volvo truck and one Toyota Corolla used for smuggling items, among others.

“The Duty Paid Value of the seized items is N71.2 million.

“All these successes have been achieved through constant vigilance and intelligence gathering by the officers and men of the command,” he said.

Oramalugo also revealed that the command was able to generate N127.3 million in the month of April.

“This is as a result of the efforts we put in place through routine stakeholders’ engagements and applying advice received from community leaders and indigenous retired and serving security personnel, among others.”

Oramalugo commended patriotic citizens, eminent personalities, host communities, and other stakeholders for providing useful information and advice.

“We appreciate our sister agencies for their prompt intervention when we seek reinforcement,” the controller said.

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Why 397 arrested illegal miners should be thoroughly investigated – CSO



Why 397 arrested illegal miners should be thoroughly investigated – CSO

A civil society group, Action for Economic Development (AED), has called for a thorough investigation of the 387 suspected illegal miners recently arrested by the military, to halt criminality in the mining sector.

The Convener of the group, Bilkisu Bello, made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Bello commended the armed forces, under the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, for supporting other security agencies in curbing illegal mining activities in the country.

She said the Defence Headquarters had confirmed the arrest of the 387 individuals, at a meeting with the House Committee on Solid Mineral on Monday.

The group expressed concern that criminals had continued to get away with the country’s resources amid the hardship faced by Nigerians.

The convener said the arrested individuals must be thoroughly investigated to know those behind them.

According to her, the group learnt from the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), that Nigeria had lost about 46.16 billion dollars (N16.25 trillion) from oil theft, as of 2022.

“It is unfortunate that this has now spread to the mining sector, with the confirmation, also by the House of Representatives Committee on Solid Minerals that illegal mining activities in Nigeria are costing the country about 9 billion dollars annually.”

“It is disturbing, with the revelation by the Chief of Defence Staff that foreigners are involved in economic crime.

“More disturbing is the impact on the immediate environment where the illegal mining is taking place.

“We use this opportunity to commend the Armed forces of Nigeria for what is being done to curb crude oil theft, and now supporting other security agencies to curb illegal miners,” she added.

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Navy Rescues 2 Drowning Fishermen, 8 Stowaway; 8 Victims Of Human Trafficking



Navy Rescues 2 Drowning Fishermen, 8 Stowaway; 8 Victims Of Human Trafficking

…Says the fishermen’s boat capsized under rough weather 

 The Nigerian Navy has rescued two drowning fishermen and apprehended eight male stowaways on the Nigerian water.

The navy also rescued eight female victims of human trafficking between Tuesday and Saturday.

The Director of Information, Navy, Commodore Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, stated this on Tuesday in Abuja, saying the successes were recorded by various Navy units, across the nation’s maritime domain in different operations.

He noted that a sea robbery attempt was also foiled within the same period.

According to him, on Saturday, the Quick Response Team of the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base Badagry,. intercepted a wooden passenger boat with eight females aged between 18 and 23 years en-route the Benin Republic.

He said it became obvious that they were being trafficked by a yet-to-be-identified agent upon interrogation.

Adams-Aliu said the victims were handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), while further investigation to identify the agent and trafficking syndicate was ongoing.

He said the personnel of Forward Operating Base IBAKA in Akwa Ibom, on Wednesday intercepted suspected sea robbers attempting to rob a supply vessel along the Uyenghe River in Mbo Local Government Area.

According to him, the robbers stupidly opened fire on the Naval troops, prompting them to respond with heavy gunfire.

“The robbers later retreated into the creeks and the robbery attempt was effectively foiled.

“Also, on July 12, the personnel from Forward Operating Base Lekki rescued two drowning fishermen around Lekki Anchorage Area, about 10 nautical miles from Dangote Refinery at Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State.

“Findings revealed that the fishermen were fishing within the area when their boat capsised due to the rough sea state,” he said.

The Navy spokesman said the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT patrol team arrested eight suspected stowaways in two speedboats attempting to board MV NORTHERN LIGHT while underway along Lagos Channel on Saturday.

He said the incident occurred when the patrol team sighted the suspects attempting to board the vessel through its rudder compartment.

According to him, five suspects admitted that they attempted to board the vessel to enable them to travel abroad upon interrogation.

“The suspects and speedboats have been handed over to Nigerian Immigration Service, Lagos State Port and Marine Command for further investigation.

“Notably, NNS BEECROFT has so far arrested 33 stowaways between January and July.

“It is important to remind all operators and stakeholders within the nation’s maritime domain that under the leadership of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, the Nigerian Navy is poised to keep Nigerian waters safe and secure for legitimate economic activities.

“Consequently, nefarious elements are advised to desist from perpetuating any form of illegalities within Nigeria’s territorial waters,” he added. 

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NPA: MWUN Congratulates MD, Dr Dantsoho on appointment as CEO



NPA: MWUN Congratulates MD, Dr Dantsoho on appointment as CEO

…As the Ibadan Prince, Comrade Adeyanju praises Dantsoho’s dedication, determination, and discipline

 The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), led by Comrade (Prince) Dr. Adewale Adeyanju, has congratulated Dr. Abubakir Dantsoho on his recent appointment as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). 

The Union described Dr. Dantsoho as an astute administrator with a wealth of experience, having served in various strategic departments within the Authority.

Dr. Adeyanju praised Dr. Dantsoho’s dedication, commitment, determination, discipline, and steadfastness, which have earned him this well-deserved appointment.

 He highlighted Dr. Dantsoho’s impressive career trajectory, which includes roles such as Assistant General Manager (Servicom), Principal Manager (Tariff & Billing), Port Manager, One Port, and Chief of Staff to the former Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mua’zu Sambo.

This congratulatory message was signed by Comrade John Kennedy Ikemefuna, Head of Media, MWUN.

The Maritime Workers Union has pledged its support and partnership to Dr Dantsoho as he assumes his new role, of navigating the affairs of the Nigerian Ports Authority in the Maritime Sector. 

The Union also wishes Dr. Dantsoho success in his new position and is confident that his leadership will bring growth and development to the Authority.

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