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Nigerian Customs seizes four containers over false declaration

The Nigerian Customs Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, on Wednesday said it had seized four containers for false declaration of original items contained. Mohammed Uba, the Unit controller, said two of the containers were carrying 8,633 pieces of empty cylinders as against plumbing materials declared in their Single Goods Declaration (SGD).…

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Nigeria Customs approve transfer of seized items to IDP camps

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday, approved the evacuation of some seized contraband items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Borno State. Perishable items intercepted and seized by officers of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Lagos, form the bulk of the items to be sent to…

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Customs detains importer over container loads of Tramadol

The Tincan Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has detained one suspect in connection with importation of 40 and 20 feet containers loaded with Tramadol tablets allegedly smuggled from India. The controller of the Command, Musa Abdullah, said on Tuesday that the seizure came against the backdrop of the…

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Nigerian Customs seizes N74 million worth of Indian hemp

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, in Lagos Wednesday said it had seized 98 bags and 570 parcels of Indian hemp with duty paid value of N74.4 million. The agency said the drugs were coming from Togo and Ghana and a suspect had been arrested in connection to the…

Police arrest 80-year-old man for attempted kidnapping

The metro patrol of the Lagos State Police Command Tuesday arrested an 80-year-old man for attempting to kidnap three children around the Oluwole market, near Waterside, in Apapa. The man, identified as Muftau, was arrested in a boat along Apapa-Olodi Apapa waterside while trying to flee from an angry mob.…

Nigerian Customs intercepts 18 cars, over 4,000 bags of rice in February

The Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja of the Nigerian Customs Service has said it intercepted 18 cars worth N303 million coming through unapproved routes in February. Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, the Controller of the Unit, Mohammed Uba, said the vehicles came into the country through land borders which were…

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Man accuses wife of being pregnant for boyfriend, seeks divorce

A 34-year-old man has approached the Igando Customary court for dissolution of marriage after accusing his wife of being pregnant for her boyfriend. Ola Ismaila, an indigene of Ede, Osun State, said he got to know about his wife's supposed pregnancy when she started having stomach pains. Mr. Ismaila said…

Why Nigeria Customs can’t stop smuggling — Official

The Nigerian Customs Service has said that the porous nature of the country's borders is a major obstacle to their efforts to stem the influx of smuggled items. The agency noted that smuggling is a global phenomenon and that even ''if all arms of Customs are posted to the borders,…

Court dissolves 16-year-old marriage after wife alleged threats to life

A Customary Court in Igando, Lagos, has dissolved a 16-year-old marriage between Eunice Enebeli and her husband, Stephen, after the woman alleged constant threats to her life by the man. Akin Akinniyi, the court's president, granted custody of the couple's children to their mother until they attain the age of…

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Tank farm owners begin repair work on Apapa road

A group of persons under the aegis of Committee of Directors (COD), Ibru Complex, Ibafon, Apapa in Lagos have facilitated the repairs of the dilapidated portions of the Apapa-Oshodi expressway. The group, which comprises tank farm owners operating at the Ibru Jetty, said they provided N222.5 million for the construction…

Nigerian Customs, licensed agents meet over hacking allegation

The Nigerian Customs Service and the licensed agents union have met over allegations that some officers were conniving with cyber cafe operators to hack into the payment accounts of the agents. Kayode Farinto, the National Public Relations Officer of Association of National Licensed Customs Agents, told PREMIUM TIMES Friday that…

Appeal Court Ruling: Lagos shippers seek compensation from terminal operators’ N7 trillion refund

Following a Court of Appeal decision last week directing seaport terminal operators to refund N7 trillion to the Nigerian government, the Shippers Association of Lagos State has called on the government to use part of the money to compensate its members. Jonathan Nicole, the SALS president, told PREMIUM TIMES on…

Pregnant woman hit by customs officer’s bullet

A pregnant woman has been hit by the bullet shell of customs officers who shot in the air to disperse a mob. The incident, which happened early hours of Thursday at Ota, Ogun State, left the woman, identified as Mrs. Ogunlana, hospitalised. According to an eyewitness, Olugunna Bukola, the eight…

Appeal Court directs terminal operators to refund N7 trillion to Nigerian govt

A Lagos Division of the Appeal Court on Tuesday directed terminal operators to refund over N7 trillion to the Nigerian Shippers Council, a government agency that protects the interest of shippers on matters affecting the shipment of imports and exports. The court held that the submission of the terminal operators…

Nigerian Customs set to retire 577 officers

Barely one week after it promoted three officers to management level and redeployed eight others, the Nigerian Customs Service is set to retire 577 of its officers, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. According to a circular titled 'CIRCULAR NO/HRD/2017/003-LIST OF OFFICERS/MEN FOR STATUTORY RETIREMENT IN YEAR 2018' and signed by Sulaiman…

Court dissolves marriage after man accuses wife of using love potion

A customary court in Igando, Lagos, on Thursday awarded N1 million to a woman, Abimbola Olajumoke, after dissolving her 12-year-old marriage with her husband, Gbolahan. Akin Akinniyi, the court president, said the union had broken down irredeemably, and said the woman should use the money as 'severance package' and rental…

Nigeria Customs, LASEMA differ on cause, extent of fire at Lagos warehouse

Different reports have emerged concerning the fire incident that gutted customs warehouse and destroyed goods and properties worth millions in Lagos. On Thursday, at about 2 p.m., fire gutted the customs federal operations unit, zone 'A' annex warehouse where several cars and trucks were reported destroyed. Reports on cause of…

Hoodlums, destitute lay siege at newly constructed Lagos-Badagry rail terminals

Hoodlums and destitute have taken over the newly constructed rail terminals along the Lagos-Badagry expressway with the criminals using the facilities as a resting place by day and sometimes attacking passers-by at night. The terminals, located at Mile 2 and Alaba-Suru, also serve as home for the street beggars at…

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Southern leaders forum demand restructuring now, faults Buhari

A forum of some southern and middle belt Nigerian leaders has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari's stance on restructuring expressed in his 2018 New Year address. The president in his broadcast on Monday said addressing the process of governance rather than restructuring the country was the way out of Nigeria's crisis.…

Dilapidated road, manholes in front of Lagos council secretariat cause traffic

Road users in Ejigbo, a Lagos suburb, have expressed their disappointment over the traffic encountered daily due to the dilapidated road worsened by manholes, in front of local council secretariat. The motorists complained about the manholes on both sides of the road at NNPC junction adding that they spend hours…

Why Afenifere supported Jonathan in 2015 – Odumakin

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, speaks on why the Afenifere supported ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, the federal government's neglect of the South-west and how the restructuring of Nigeria is the only panacea for economic and political growth. Premium Times: Do you think…

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Customs grants bail to man arrested for allegedly smuggling 280 bags of rice

A driver with a logistics company who was arrested for allegedly smuggling 280 units of 50 kilogramme bags of foreign parboiled rice last week along the Agbara-Atan road in Ogun State has been granted administrative bail by the Nigerian Customs, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Adam Ogheneghare was arrested after operatives…

Customs officers conniving with cyber cafe operators to hack payment accounts — Agents

Some licensed Customs agents have accused officers of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) of conniving with operators of cyber cafes to hack agents' payment accounts. The agents said millions of naira had been lost to fraudsters through hacking of members' payment passwords. Kayode Farinto, the National Public Relations Officer of…

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Nigeria Customs confiscates smuggled vehicles valued at N1.3 billion

The Nigeria Customs Service has confiscated 64 vehicles valued at over N1.3 billion during a raid at Omole Estate and Lekki Phase 1 in Lagos. Three bulletproof sport utility vehicles were among the vehicles seized based on lack of End Users Certificate (EUC), the Customs said. The Federal Operations Unit,…

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Wife seeks divorce from ‘thieving’ husband

A 37-year-old grocer has dragged her husband, Ramoni Kazeem, before an Igando Customary court for the dissolution of their 12-year-old marriage over allegations of financial misappropriation, unfair accusations of infidelity, and lack of care for his family. Aminat Kazeem told Moses Akin, the president of the Court, on Tuesday that…