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GoG: German cargo ship drifts, after suffering massive water ingress



The actual present state of Germany’s General cargo, the COHERENCE may have generated fears, after the vessel’s Automatic Identification System AIS went, few hours after it Suffered massive ingress of water.

A report indicated that the Coherence on April 9, 2022, suffered massive water ingress in its engine room in the Gulf of Guinea, 382 nm SE of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

COHERENCE was en route from Pointe Noire, Congo to Lisbon.

The Fleetmon specifically noted that the ship later went adrift, with the last available AIS position at 2100 UTC on April 9.

The AIS however went missing four hours later, especially as of 0100 UTC o April 10.


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Customs Auctions 25,162 Litres Of Seized Petrol To Public In Sokoto



Customs Auctions 25,162 Litres Of Seized Petrol To Public In Sokoto

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Sokoto/Zamfara Command has auctioned 25,162 litres of seized petrol to the public in Sokoto State.

Mr Kamal Muhammed, the Area Controller, announced this while addressing newsmen in Sokoto on Wednesday.

According to Muhammed, the auction is in line with extant laws and the approval of the Comptroller General of Customs, Mr Bashir Adeniyi.

“A few weeks ago, under the directive of the Comptroller General, we auctioned 11,270 litres of PMS intercepted by operatives of Operation Whirlwind.

Customs Auctions 25,162 Litres Of Seized Petrol To Public In Sokoto
Mr Kamal Muhammed, the Sokoto/Zamfara Command Area Controller Nigeria Customs Service addressing journalists in Sokoto on Wednesday

“However, due to the intensified clampdown on smugglers of petroleum products, the service seized 55,164 litres of PMS within the period under review.

“This is with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of about N39 million,” Muhammed said.

The area controller explained that the price difference of petrol between Nigeria and other West African countries made the smuggling of the product a profitable venture for the smugglers.

“Even with the subsidy removal, Nigeria remains among the countries with the cheapest PMS.

“PMS is sold at an average of N701.99 per litre in Nigeria, while in Cameroon it is sold at N2,061.55, in Mali at N2,128.20, and the Republic of Benin at N1,672.05,” he stated.

Cross section of seized Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by Nigeria Customs Service in Sokoto State

Muhammed added that the smuggling of PMS has continued to create artificial scarcity in some parts of the country.

“This has also added burden on the country’s scarce foreign exchange used to import the product,” he added.

He said that the auction to the general public was at a token of N180 per litre.

Muhammed assured that the service would continue to protect Nigeria’s economic interests with dedication, justice, and integrity.

Delivering the Comptroller General’s message to smugglers, he stated, “The NCS will run you out of your illegitimate business.” 

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CGC Visits Family of Late Deputy Comptroller Etop Essien



… Says no one is qualified to question the will of God!

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, has expressed deep sorrow while paying a condolence visit to the family of the late Deputy Comptroller, Etop Essien, who tragically passed away on 25 June 2024, while making a presentation before the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee.

During his visit, on 10 July 2024 in Abuja, the CGC in a deeply heartfelt moment, offered prayers for the repose of the deceased, describing it as a loss that has resonated profoundly, within the Nigeria Customs Service and beyond.

“We pray that God will strengthen the family during this difficult time and give you the wisdom to understand that only He gives and takes, and we cannot question His will.”

The CGC further emphasised the remarkable dedication of the late Deputy Comptroller Essien, noting his sincere commitment to duties.

 “He was highly committed to his duties and knew exactly what he was doing. We pray that God will comfort you and stay with you through this time of grief,” the NCS Arrowhead stated.

The CGC further noted that the loss of Deputy Comptroller Etop Essien is a reminder of the fragility of life and the profound impact of dedicated public servants.

“His memory will undoubtedly continue to inspire his colleagues and those who knew him. 

“As the Nigeria Customs Service mourns his passing, the thoughts and prayers of the entire service are with his family, hoping they find strength and solace amid their grief”, the CGC also said.

In a gesture of support and assurance, the CGC informed the family that the letter concerning the burial arrangements had been received and that the service would expedite the processing of all benefits due to the late officer. 

“This commitment underscores the Nigeria Customs Service’s dedication to honouring the service and memory of Deputy Comptroller Essien.” the Customs Boss noted.

Responding, Mrs. Essien, the widow of the late Deputy Comptroller, expressed her profound gratitude to the CGC for his visit and kind words. 

She shared how her husband had always held the CGC and the Nigeria Customs Service in high esteem, even until his final moments. 

“He respected and admired the service greatly,” she said, promising to update the service on the burial arrangements while ensuring that her husband receives the honour he deserves.

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Police Force PRO Visits Customs Counterpart, To Strengthen Interagency Ties



Police Force PRO Visits Customs Counterpart, To Strengthen Interagency Ties

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force,  Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Olumuyiwa Adejobi, paid a courtesy visit to the National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC), Abdullahi Maiwada on 9 July 2024, at the Nigeria Customs Service headquarters in Abuja.

Abdullahi Maiwada who disclosed this to newsmen said the gesture was in a move to enhance inter-agency collaboration.

During the visit, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi emphasised the importance of collaboration between the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Customs Service. 

“Our roles as security agencies are crucial to national security and economic stability. 

“By working together, we can better discharge our responsibilities and serve the public more effectively,” Adejobi stated.

CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, in his reaction, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration.

 “This visit is a significant step towards strengthening our relationship with the Nigeria Police Force. Our combined efforts will undoubtedly enhance our operational efficiency and public service delivery,” said Maiwada.

The meeting focused on identifying areas of mutual interest where both agencies can cooperate to improve their functions to foster a positive image for both institutions.

The visit concluded with a mutual pledge to work towards enhancing national security and economic prosperity.

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