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Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed displaying a bottle of the seized codeine syrup (Photo credit: Kingsley Adeniyi)

Customs intercept truck conveying 600 cartons of codeine syrup

The Federal Operations Unit, Zone 'A' Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service, has intercepted a truckload of codeine syrup worth about N240 million. The DAF truck, with registration number: LSR 944 XF, contained 600 cartons of the syrup and was intercepted along the Mile 2-Oshodi expressway in Lagos. According to…

Mr Abubakar was stung by the bees during a patrol duty Photo by Kingsley Adeniyi

Bees attack, kill Nigerian customs officer

A senior officer of the Nigeria Customs Service has died after he was attacked by a swarm of bees while on patrol duty. Abba Abubakar, an officer operating at the Seme customs command, along Ashipa axis of Badagry, Lagos, met his untimely death Tuesday after he was stung by the…

Customs grants bail to man allegedly smuggling car with fake NYSC ID, diplomatic plate number

The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Command, has released a suspected car smuggler using a diplomatic plate number and 2015 fake National Youth Service Corps identification card as a ploy to beat customs officers. Abdul Umar was arrested on Tuesday along the Seme border while trying to smuggle into the country…

Bashir Abubakar (R) handing over to Mohammed Abba-Kura (L)

Customs seizes N200 million worth of tomato pastes, vegetable oil

The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Command, has said it has seized 24 containers of imported tomato pastes and vegetable oil between January and March worth N200,867,124. According to the Command, the seized containers of tomato pastes and refined vegetable oil, which are on the banned items list, contravened the Customs'…

Customs Officer that was attacked by thugs

Suspected hoodlums attack customs officers escorting seized smuggled rice

Suspected hoodlums on Friday morning attacked officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Command, who were escorting seized smuggled rice from Ilaro to Abeokuta Government Warehouse. The attackers pelted the customs personnel with stones, bottles, cutlasses, sticks and other dangerous items, the agency said in a statement. According to…

Importers’ Task Force Intercept 10 Containers Bearing Substandard Products

The Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) special task force says it has intercepted 10 containers of substandard goods, including contrabands, at Lagos seaports. Prosper Okolo, the Chief Operating Officer, IMAN Special Task Force, South West Zone, said during a press conference Thursday that they have also cracked down on some…

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Customs officer shoots one dead

The officials of the Nigerian Customs Service on Sunday allegedly shot a man dead along the Sagamu Interchange, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. A video circulating on the internet showed a woman screaming at the top of her voice and accusing a Customs officer of killing the man, who is said…

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FG approves purchase of scanners for Nigerian ports – Official

The federal government has approved the purchase of new scanners for examination of cargoes in major customs ports, an official said. Bashir Abubakar, the controller of Apapa Customs Command, stated this while honouring some officers of the Command for diligence in the discharge of duties. Mr Abubakar said efforts put…

A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi [Photo: Concise News]

Fixing Apapa-Oshodi expressway ‘not rocket science’ — Obi

The running mate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February presidential election, Peter Obi, has said that their government, if voted into power, would tackle the Apapa gridlock by completing the Apapa-Oshodi expressway in less than one year. Mr Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, spoke during…

The customs spokesperson during the breakfast meeting Photo by Kingsley Adeniyi

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…

Mrs Ekekezie commissioning the blocks of flats in Lagos

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…

Apapa traffic gridlock caused by truck drivers (Photo Credit: RCCG Traffic Squad)

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…

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA Boss

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,…