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EDO TRAIN ATTACK: Nigerians pray for divine intervention; FMOT ritually Condemns Passengers’ Kidnapping

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KASALLA: 2 Village Chiefs, 5 Others Arrested over Edo Train Attack

The daring terrorist’s attack on Tom Ikimi Train Station, Igueben may have sent more Nigerians into fervent prayers, particularly those with family members missing, even as Government’s pledge to competently protect passengers goes in tatters.

Recall that the Government, arrow-headed by the Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo had, following the year 2022 Abuja-Kaduna train attack, which left several passengers dead or injured; and over 60 persons kidnapped had ignited frantic and almost believable pledges from Sambo, who vowed, that not only would water-tight protective, security measures be entrenched nationwide, but that Government would not reopen the route, until it was certain that chances of any recurrence were totally foreclosed, nationwide.

Consequently, Nigerians were misled to believe that reliable, ‘electronic eyes’ had been introduced, even as the Minister celebrated a phantom introduction of a criterium: compulsory submission of National Identify Numbers (NIN), before boarding any Nigerian train.

The Saturday Igueben attack in Edo State obviously has not helped matters. The terrorists not only picked the Station Manager, to show who was truly in charge of the game, but they also picked the Station Head of Security, before descending heavily, on about 29 innocent, hapless passengers.

“It’s easy to know an unserious Government”, an aggrieved family member of a kidnapped passenger told the Maritime First, stressing that the authorities woefully failed to protect her breadwinner.

Speaking in the same vein, another woman who simply identified herself as Gladys said what should have given her the greatest consolation is now giving her the greatest nightmare.

“My heart sank when the Police, few moments ago, told us that they have begun ‘bush combing’. Can you believe that? I had thought they were using drones!”, she pointedly indicated in painful exasperation!

When reminded that about six persons were already rescued via the same method, she countered that none of the six were members of her family!

Another man, whose name could not be obtained, however while soliloquizing and lamenting the Saturday attack, vividly recalled that a Government which failed to bring the attackers of the Kaduna Train Station to book, last year, cannot honestly, claim innocence of the current attack. 

In his sorrows, he particularly noted that the euphoria that welcomed the alleged payment of ransom and release of the last batch, greatly attested, to the authorities cluelessness and thoughtless bungling of the rescue exercise.

In the meantime, the Edo Police Command Public Relations Officer, Police Superintendent, Chidi Nwabuzor has indicated that Bush combing operations were currently ongoing; and 6 persons, all victims of the Tom Ikimi Train Station attack have been rescued; while all relevant agencies intensify efforts towards a timely release of other victims, to enable them, also be reunited with their families.

The Maritime First had earlier gathered, through the State Police Command sitrep, that dare devil terrorists, armed to the teeth with AK 47 on Saturday, swooped on the Igueben Train Station, at about 4.00 pm, shooting sporadically in the air, before finally herding the Station Manager, the Head of Station Security, and about 29 other hapless passengers away, in a cherry- picking manner.

In another development however, the Federal Ministry of Transportation has condemned as ‘despicable and utterly barbaric’, the kidnapping of passengers at Tom Ikimi Train Station, Igueben Edo State. 

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, in a statement made available by the Director Press & Public Relations, Henshaw Ogubike also reassured the public, that the security Agencies were already making efforts to rescue the kidnapped Train passengers. 

“The Nigerian Police is on the trail of the criminals and have mobilised with a view to protecting the lives and property of the remaining passengers.

“The Government is saddened by this unpleasant development and assures on its prompt response to the ugly situation”, Sambo stated further, assuring that further details on efforts and results would be communicated later.

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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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