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Nigeria Customs gets ‘presidential nod’ to distribute seized items to IDPs, orphanages nationwide

The Nigeria Customs Service says it has obtained a presidential approval to extend distribution of seized perishable items to Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps and registered orphanages across the country. Joseph Attah, the customs spokesperson, said during a breakfast meeting in Lagos on Monday that prior to the approval of…

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Nigerian Customs commissions 21 blocks of flats for officers

The Nigeria Customs Service, southwest zonal office, has commissioned 21 blocks of two bedrooms flat for its officers in Lagos. According to the service, the edifice is intended among other things, to solve the accommodation problems confronting its officers. Located in a densely populated area of Okokomaiko, a Lagos suburb,…

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N2.7bn worth of goods seized in one month in Lagos – Customs

The Nigerian Customs Service, Zone A, Lagos has said it seized goods valued at N2.7 billion smuggled through the Lagos border over the past four weeks. Abubakar Mohammed, the unit’s boss, said this on Tuesday while announcing to journalists the seizure of 3,792 kilograms of Indian hemp coming from Ghana.…

Customs impound 40 containers of tramadol

The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa command, on Thursday said it had impounded 40 containers containing Tramadol, a banned addictive substance. The 40-foot by 40-foot containers which were impounded alongside the arrest of three suspects were reported to be imported from India with Duty Paid Value of N7.3 billion. Briefing journalists…

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Terminal operators tackle Customs over new policy

Bonded terminal operators in Lagos have accused the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) of introducing an "illegal and impracticable policy" aimed at hampering business activities. At the end of a meeting with the management of the Tin Can Island Customs command on Tuesday, the operators under the aegis of Association of…

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Nigeria Customs absolves officer of extortion allegations

The Nigerian Customs Service, Tincan Island Command, has refuted the allegations of extortion levelled against one of its officers, Patrick Olaniyan, serving at Clarion Bonded Terminal in Lagos. Importers and agents had taken to the streets on Monday afternoon to protest alleged extortion by Mr Olaniyan, a Customs officer at…

Bonded terminal agents, importers protest over customs extortion

Importers, others protest alleged Customs’ extortion in Lagos

Some importers and agents operating in Clarion Bonded Terminal have taken to some streets of Lagos to protest an allegation of extortion by customs officers. The protesters obstructed activities in the terminal on Monday and sent staff members and customers out of their offices shouting, "No work today." They took…

Customs intercepts military hardware along Ijebu-Ode expressway

The Nigeria Customs Federal Operations Unit Zone 'A' has intercepted a bus carrying two big sacks containing military uniforms and boots along the Ijebu-Ode expressway. The white Hiace bus which belongs to Chimezie Motors Nigeria Limited with registration number: JJT 905 XB, was intercepted on Wednesday. Mohammed Aliyu, the customs…

Ayodele Adewale, the former chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area in Lagos State

INTERVIEW: Lagosians voted APC in 2015, not Ambode – Party chieftain

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Ayodele Adewale, the former chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area in Lagos State, speaks about his successor, his aspiration to become a federal lawmaker under the All Progressives Congress, and the party's decision on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. PT: Despite the APC's much-touted achievements…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), delivering his speech during the presentation of the Y2018 Budget Estimates to the House, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Lagos council boss, predecessor in war of words

The political rift between the chairman of Amuwo Odofin local council in Lagos, Valentine Buraimoh, and his predecessor, Ayodele Adewale, shows no sign of abating as both parties have continued to throw barbs at each other. Messrs Buraimoh and Adewale belong to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.…

NIMASA cadet protesting delay in sea time training

NIMASA cadets protest delay in sea time training

Some cadets of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) who were sponsored by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) are protesting a three-year delay in sending them to a mandatory sea time training that will make them certified sailors. No fewer than 50 placard-carrying cadets gathered at the…

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Woman commits suicide in Lagos

A woman identified as Kafilat Oriade has committed suicide by drinking 'Sniper', a popular pesticide used in homes, after allegedly catching her husband with another woman on their matrimonial bed. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening at Ashafa Street, Isuti Road, Egan-Igando, a Lagos suburb. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the…

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Truck owners, operators trade blame over Apapa gridlock

The Amalgamation of Containers Truck Owners Association of Nigeria (ACTOAN) has accused some major players in the haulage sector of frustrating efforts to solve the perennial gridlock on the Apapa corridor in Lagos. Olaleye Thompson, the chairman of the group, said the other haulage operators in the sub sector of…

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Nigeria Customs warns exporters against contrabands

The Nigeria Customs Service has warned exporters against processing and exporting contraband goods out of the country. Aminu Dahiru, the Western Zone Coordinator of Customs, stated this Monday during the Global Searchlight Magazine's First Anniversary Lecture held in Lagos. Mr Dahiru said the agency is set to seize such goods…

Cough syrup containing codeine impounded by the Nigeria Customs

Nigeria Customs impounds bus with 39 sacks of marijuana

Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, in Lagos, has arrested a bus containing 39 sacks and 1,220 parcels of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian Hemp. The items, concealed inside fresh tomatoes, pepper, and vegetables, were impounded along Olorunda axis of Ogun state on Friday last week, the…

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Security Code Violation: Oil firms continue operation despite NIMASA ‘shutdown’

Despite a claim by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) that it had shut down operations at the facilities of five oil firms, some of the companies are still carrying out their operations, PREMIUM TIMES can report. Elei Igbogi, the head of the ISPS Code Unit at NIMASA,…

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Nigeria Customs impounds 498 cartons of codeine syrup

The Nigeria Customs Command in Lagos have arrested an Iveco truck carrying 498 cartons of Codeine Cough Syrup of 100 milligrams worth N199.2 million. The consignment, which was manufactured in the United Kingdom and had 200 bottles in each carton, was intercepted along the Ijebu Ode-Ore road last week. According…

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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.…

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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,…