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Hassan Bello’s Commitment, diligence, ignite Stakeholders’ apprehension over Amaechi’s political forage



Hassan Bello's Commitment, diligence, igniting Stakeholders' apprehension over Amaechi's political forage
 Hassan Bello's Commitment, diligence, igniting Stakeholders' apprehension over Amaechi's political forage

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, receiving a booklet on the activities of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) in the transportation industry in 2020, from the Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barr. Hassan Bello.

Infrastructure development activities are positively heating up in the North, with the Commissioning of the Nigerian Shippers Council Northwest Zonal Coordinating Office in Kano, anchored by the presently most focused Maritime parastatal head, Barrister Hassan Bello.

Recall Hassan Bello only very recently, flagged off a N16bn Jos outlet, with the sole aim of ensuring that cargo facilitation is truly entrenched, beyond Lagos.

Also read: Shippers’ Council Set To Build N15B Resource Centre in Jos

Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council delivering his speech

Diligent, de-tribalized and determined, Hassan Bello ably and strongly supported by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has swiftly moved from Jos, to berth in Kano, with the Northwest Zonal Office Commissioning.

The symbolic gesture was however, distinctly highlighted by a structured inspection of Dala Inland Dry Port by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in Kano State.

While however commending Hassan Bello for his good vision and Commitment, industry watchers have also raised the red-flag, pointing out that Amaechi might be wanting to cash in on Bello’s selfless dedication, to warm himself to the Northern elites, peradventure, as an inroads, for political gains, as developments unfold towards 2023 General Election.

Hajia Othman Kareemat, Director, North-West Zonal Coordinating Office Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, His Excellency Abdullahi Ganduje, Executive Governor, Kano State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Honorable Minister of Transportation and Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation

Right or wrong, the pundits opined that with President Mohammadu Buhari not running for a third term, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has emerged the Beautiful Bride, as they noted that, not only is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed not enjoying a massive Yoruba support, even the assumed, cosmopolitan Lagos support, is gradually becoming suspect and questionable.

During the Kano event

The Maritime industry watchers Specifically called attention to Amaechi’s pledge to Governor Ganduje, of turning Kano, without waters into a revered Maritime domain, using the instrumentality of rails running through Kano to Lagos and Maradi in Niger Republic; as well as a functional Dry Port.

Said an industry watcher: “There is an observable pressure on Amaechi to run for a position at the Centre. His backers have also ruled out anything like Senate…as that may reveal his lack of debt at the grassroot.

“Remember, his acclaimed larger than life political status, couldn’t see Dr. Dakuku Peterside through. So, the pressure is on him to run as Vice President.

“But, with the way things are with Senator Bola Tinubu in Yoruba land, it was also considered safer, saner and more realistic, for him to seek and secure Atiku Abubakar’s attention. Remember, like I told you, the former Vice President is presently, the Beautiful Bride!”, he explained further, stressing that his name be not mentioned.


Speaking in the same vein, another stakeholder, Tony Emeordi said he supports Rotimi Amaechi’s political forage, and called attention to recent statement by Amaechi, to the panel probing Suspended Managing Director of Nigerian Port Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, that the Authority’s handling of the Intel’s crisis be duly investigated, particularly, the management of Courts intervention, to know if fairness was adhered to.

Speaking further, Emeordi said: “You know some observers still strongly believe that the suspension of Hadiza Usman was to prepare grounds for restoration of all business relationships between the NPA and Integrated Logistics Nigeria Limited (INTELS).

“You remember what the Minister said: “Investigate Issues leading to the termination of pilotage and other contracts of Nigerian Ports Authority and confirm compliance with the terms of the respective contracts, court rulings and Presidential directives!”

“It goes beyond what he said. You must also see why he said it!”, he indicated, hinting that, his view was outside the notion that even when the Minister’s body language was to the effect that due diligence be strictly adhered to, while the NPA response was still like, Amaechi should calm down.

In the meantime, and perhaps going further to establish that Atiku Abubakar may in fact has emerged the Beautiful Bride, grapevine sources posit that even the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was presently, also building political bridges towards the former Vice President.


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MWUN: Pay Aged Seafarers’ Entitlement, Adeyanju Urges Oyetola



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The President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN}, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju has urged the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola to look inward first and protect the rights of aged seafarers who have contributed immensely to the growth of this country.

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, who made the call in his chat with newsmen during the 2023 MARAN Annual Maritime Lecture organized by Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, also enjoined the Minister to see this counsel as a topmost agenda.

“It is only in Nigeria that people who contributed to the growth of the economy are not valued until after their death, people that have contributed to sea fearing in Nigeria today, some of them are languishing in poverty. 

“The Court judgment is very clear with an instruction that their pension and gratuity should be paid; but as I speak, the pension and gratuity are yet to be paid, despite meetings and letters being sent.

“Ministries of Transport and that of Labour set up Committees to look into it for verification exercise to be carried out on all sea fearers in Nigeria (including the deceased) so that they of their next of kins can be paid their benefits but when the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy came in and was trying to float NNSL, we reminded him that the retirees have not been paid their rights, 

“We are not asking him not to do anything he wishes to do, our stand is that all retirees must get their rights and if that is not done we might be forced to resort to industrial action” he declared.

Speaking on the issue of insecurity in the maritime industry, Comrade Adeyanju said: “The insecurity in the port is the order of the day and the government needs to be blamed as a result of not empowering the security agents that are supposed to manage the affairs of security in the ports.

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President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), an Ibadan Prince, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju

“You could imagine the Marine Police, hardly will you see them with boats for them to patrol. 

You go to Area B, and even within the port here in Apapa, there are no facilities for them to work. How do you expect the security to be managed? We should use this medium to tell the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), and all the relevant stakeholders to encourage the security agents within the port, for them to give optimal performance as it is expected of them” he concluded.

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Idiroko Customs Uncovers 975 Rounds of  Ammunition Concealed In 5 Bags Of Rice 



The Ogun 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service uncovered the antics deployed by unscrupulous criminals to smuggle in live ammunition through a bush path along Palace/Ayetoro road, Imeko, Afon local Government area of Ogun State.

The perpetrators are however, yet to apprehend.

 Five bags of foreign parboiled rice containing 975 rounds of red star live cartridges were intercepted at 0005hrs on Monday 27, November 2023.

Disclosing this on Wednesday, the Acting Customs Area Controller of the Command, Bello Shuaibu, said that  efforts are underway to track the perpetrators of the illicit importation.

*Bello Shuaibu,…yet to apprehend the perpetrators

He expressed delight on how operatives of the Command thwarted the evil plans of the enemies of the State by preventing smuggling of live ammunition into the country.

His words: “Our presence here today depicts our unwavering commitment to safeguarding and strengthening the security architecture of our beloved nation against insecurity as we will be showcasing our most recent anti smuggling exploits. We are delighted to report that we have thwarted the evil plans of the enemies of the State by preventing the smuggling of live ammunition into the country.”

He added that arms and ammunition smuggling is a high-intelligence operation, as perpetrators often attempt to evade the watchful eyes of law enforcement agents.

 He stated that the war against illegal firearms requires concerted and collaborative efforts from law-abiding citizens of this country to checkmate such a nefarious activity.

 “Smuggling of arms and ammunition is a menace that knows no borders and feeds on the vulnerability of our society,” he said.

He warned that the consequences of unchecked smuggling of arms and ammunition are severe, ranging from the empowerment of criminal organizations to escalating crises and compromising national security. 

He reiterated that for these reasons, his command will not relent nor compromise in waging war against the smuggling of unlawful arms and ammunition in building a safe and stable nation.

Shuaibu explained that the operatives of the command uncovered the secret of the unscrupulous elements when  operatives  conducted a sessional and intelligence-based operation to unravel the tactics deployed by unscrupulous elements to bring in live ammunition through the Imeko axis of the State.

“We have been on the trail of the ammunition for about a week. Fortunately, at 00:05 hours of the day, we received an intel that the five bags of foreign parboiled rice, containing live cartridges of Red Star ammunition, had been carefully hidden in a bush path along the Palace-Ayetoro road, Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

“Our operatives went to the spot and evacuated the five bags of rice without any encounter. The bags of rice were suspected due to the unusual threading and sewing of the sacks. This quickly aroused the suspicion of our operatives, leading to their opening for proper examination at the Border station.

“During the examination, about 975 rounds of Red Star live cartridges were found to have been ingeniously concealed in the bags. We have intensified efforts to track down the perpetrators of this nefarious act for them to be brought to justice. We recognize the potential danger of arms and ammunition trafficking, which is life-threatening. We shall not renege on our efforts in combating smuggling activities in their entirety,” the Acting Controller said. 

He appreciated the officers and men of the Command for their bravery and commended the patriotism of their informant.

 “We call on well-meaning Nigerians with useful intel to collaborate with us in enhancing the security of our dear nation. You are assured of maximum security cover. Let me use this medium to reiterate that we remain resolute in promoting national security,” he assured.

He also expressed gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi for his support and enhancement of the Command’s operations. Shuaibu equally extended his appreciation to sister agencies for the synergy and collaboration the command has continuously enjoyed.

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$54,330: Comptroller Nnadi Again Hands Over Snatched Funds To EFCC



…Dera Nnadi Credits feat to Officers’ patriotic selflessness, and CGC’s Impactful Spirit

The Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) Customs Area Controller, Dera Nnadi this week handed over to the Federal Government, $54,330 bribe money snatched from those wanting the Command to clear Tramadol, falsely declared as electrical appliances, valued at over N856m.

While handing over the Dollars to the Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) , Mr. Michael Wetkas, Comptroller Nnadi specifically emphasized the zero tolerance for corruption stance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, MFR.

Twice as Strong: Comptroller Dera Nnadi after handing over snatched funds to the EFCC at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos

The Maritime First learnt that this was not the first time Comptroller Dera Nnadi was actually handing over snatched funds to the Federal coffers. He similarly performed same act, while he headed the Seme Border Customs Command.

Ironically, it was through the same EFCC chieftain, Mr. Michael Wetkas that he had returned the snatched Dollars to the Federal coffers.

*Crispy $54,330 going into Federal coffers through the EFCC

Fielding questions on how truly a Nigerian he is, returning such hard currency, only few weeks to Christmas, the Tin Can Island Port Controller praised the selfless and patriotic commitment of the officers and men of the Command, while noting the huge and impactful, motivational influence of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi.

Comptroller Nnadi said the illegal importation of the Tramadol was in clear violation of Section 233 of Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCAA) 2023 and commended the officers who stood their grounds to work ethically and lawfully in the interest of national security.

He also called for continuous compliance on the part of port users and reminded them that the NCS with the collaboration of sister agencies like EFCC will continue to frustrate criminal activities in the port.

Nnadi specially thanked his predecessor, Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede, under whose watch, this particular seizure was achieved, describing him as a noteworthy example of what the Service is preaching. He highlighted that two suspects who were arrested in connection with the two containers, were currently being investigated by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control for possible prosecution.

In his reaction, the EFCC Lagos Zonal Boss, Mr. Michael Wekas while taking over the cash, described the feat as a victory for the country and to all the security agencies.

He delightfully celebrated the officers of the TCIP Command which achieved the feat. He also lauded the CGC, for the letter of commendation written, in appreciation of the six Customs officers who refused to bow to pressure and inducement, from the owners of the illicit drugs.

*The Command’s Special six

He promised continued collaboration between the EFCC, NCS and other sister agencies, stressing that, the era of working without collaboration is gone.

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