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Hameed Ali: Securing Border, is as Important as fighting Boko Haram

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CGC ALI: 90% of cars in Nigeria are smuggled

…Says Drill is to stop influx of food, unknown people into Nigeria***

The Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr Hameed Ali indicated Wednesday that the ongoing Operation Border Drill to secure Nigeria’s borders was as important as the fight against Boko Haram.

Ali stated this in Maigatari local government area of Jigawa, while addressing officers and men from NCS, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigerian Army (NA) at the Maigatari/Niger Republic border.

“We are here to see the condition of your health and operation. We’re also here to convey the message of President Muhammad Buhari to you.

“The President directed us to come and see your condition of health and operation.

“He asked us to come and express his gratitude and commendation for your dedication and commitment to your fatherland and your resolute stand to ensure the security of Nigeria.

“The President wants to bring to your notice that your coming to Maigatari border is as important as those fighting Boko Haram,” Ali said, adding that the operation was to ensure national security, wellbeing of Nigerians and stem human trafficking.

“What is bedeviling Nigeria now is insecurity which is as a result of proliferation of arms used by criminals to terrorize our people, and without those arms they cannot do any harm to us.

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“Secondly, it is to ensure the wellbeing of our people by stopping contraband food into the country.

“This is because contraband foods such as frozen chickens and rice are harmful to our health.

“Let me tell you if you don’t know, the frozen chickens and turkeys imported contain chemicals that are harmful to our health.

“For instance, these frozen products contain chemicals used in preserving dead bodies, that’s what is used on these contraband frozen food to keep them fresh for your consumption.

“So also the imported rice as it spent the minimum of five years in stores and you are happy to say I bough Thailand or Indian rice.

“What they usually do is bring them to Cotonou to re-bag and give it new date.

“This rice is harmful because it causes different types of cancer and kidney disease,” he explained.

The customs boss added that another reason for the operation was to check the influx of unknown people into the country.

“Most importantly it checks human trafficking and influx of unknown people into our country.

“Most actors in the insecurity that bedevils our country are not Nigerians and because our borders are porous they come in, perpetrate their heinous acts and disappear.

“So the idea is to ensure everyone coming in or going out of the country follow the laid down procedures,” the customs boss said.

In his remarks, the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mr Mohammed Babandede, urged the personnel to sustain the successes they recorded in the operation.

“We must sustain the successes we recorded so far in this operation. This is because security is like a puzzle, if you miss a link then you’re in a dilemma.

“So ensure that anybody that wants to enter Nigeria enters through the recognized borders and goes out through same.

“Ensure that people have their document before coming in and going out of the country,” Babandede said.

He also urged the personnel not to harass or intimidate anyone, but ensure that people respect the law.

Also, Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Aliyu Ndagi, head of the operation, urged the personnel to apply professionalism in their operation.

“I urge you to apply minimum degree of professionalism in your operation.

“You should also try as much as you can to establish cordial relationship with the members of the host community.

“I urge you to establish cordial relationship and live in peace with the local populace.

“Always give them clear reason why you are conducting this operation and live in peace with them.

“This is because you are from your individual communities and when you retire you go back to them and they will treat you the way you treated them when you were in service,” Ndagi said.

The delegation later interacted with members of the community, including traditional rulers and local council members on the imperative for conducting the operation.

 

 

 

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Heavy Downpour Leaves Lagos-Badagry Expressway Flooded; Residents Groan 

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Hundreds of motorists and passengers going to Mile 2 were on Saturday stranded as flood from morning downpour disrupted free movement on the Trade Fair and Abule -Ado axis of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway.

The resultant flood from the downpour also blocked the trade fair axis, temporarily impeding the movement of vehicles on the expressway.

NAN also reports that the rainfall, which started at 5.00 a.m. and continued for hours, forced many passengers to come down from commercial vehicles and resort to trekking from Abule-Ado to Barracks in Ojo.

Some passengers and motorists urged the Lagos State Government to clear the drainage to avert such flood incidents.

FOGCILS Gives Assurances of Support to APC, Sanwo-Olu

*Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu

Mrs Ibironke Adegboyega, a trader in Ebute-Aro, Lagos Island, said that the flood had prevented her from going to open her shop.

*Another passenger trying to cross from one side of Lagos Badagry expressway to the other during the downpour on Saturday.

“The flood has completely blocked the expressway, some vehicles that tried to access the road had been trapped in the flood.

“The drainage is blocked by plastics and nylon preventing the passage of the water.

“Lagos government should wake up to its responsibility and clear the drainage, they should also warn the traders against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

“I have to go back home now because it is dangerous to force your way in there due to the flood,” she said.

*Commuters trekking due to flood caused the morning downpour  in Lagos

Mr Toyosi Stephen, a passenger, said the blockage of the expressway was due to the way the contractor handling the project constructed the road.

“One will see that from Abule-Ado down to the Trade fair axis is very sloppy making water to gather under the bridge.

“This also applies to when you are coming from Barracks down to Trade fair, so the water coming from Abule-Ado and Barracks will gather at trade fair and block the movement of vehicles and passengers.

“Government should work on this and also ensure clearing of drainage around this place all the time.

“I have been trapped here, I have to go back to Agbara and sleep,” he said.

*The blockage at the Trade fair axis of Lagos Badagry expressway.

Mr Mutiu Suru, a bus conductor, said the flood would reduce when the rain stopped and that vehicles and passengers would be able to move freely on the expressway.

“The rain is heavy, that’s why the flood blocked the road, but I can tell you that in an hour’s time, vehicles will start going.

“All we need to do is to exercise patience and relax in our vehicles,” he said.

NAN reports that the floods also affected communities in Badagry including Mowo, Ikoga, Ansarudeen, Ajara-Vetho, Aghelaso, and Zogakome areas.

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HEAVY DOWNPOUR: LASG Postpones Planned 2-Sunday Traffic Diversion On 3rd Mainland Bridge

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Sanwo-Olu Increases Students’ Bursary by 100%; NANS, NULASS debunk Third Mainland Bridge protest

 …To announce new dates later***

Due to the heavy downpour experienced in all parts of the Metropolis today, the Lagos State Government has announced the postponement of the planned Two Sundays palliative works on the failed sections of the 3rd Mainland Bridge, which was scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 17th, and Sunday 24th September 2023.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi who confirmed this in a release, explained that the rain has affected the preliminaries of the planned palliative works on the asphalt pavement of the bridge by the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.

Assuring that a later date which will be subject to weather conditions will be duly communicated for the palliative works, the Transport Commissioner urged Motorists to continue to access the bridge with observance of safety measures.

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Live Worm Found In Woman’s Brain In Australia

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Australian doctors have found a live parasitic worm in a woman’s brain in a world-first discovery.

In a new study published on Tuesday, researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra Hospital detailed the discovery of the parasitic roundworm.

The eight-cm Ophidascaris robertsi roundworm, which is usually found in pythons, was pulled from the patient, a 64-year-old woman, still alive and wriggling after brain surgery.

Sanjaya Senanayake, a leading infectious disease expert from ANU and the Canberra Hospital, said in a media release that it was a world first.

According to the study, the patient was admitted to a local hospital in south-east New South Wales (NSW) in 2021 after three weeks of abdominal pain and diarrhea.

In 2022, after she started experiencing forgetfulness and depression, a neurosurgeon at Canberra Hospital identified an abnormality in the right frontal lobe of the brain from an MRI scan, prompting the surgery that discovered the roundworm.

The study hypothesizes that the patient was probably infected by touching, or eating, native grasses that a carpet python had shed the parasite into.

She remains under monitoring by infectious disease and brain experts. 

– Xinhua

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