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Customs FOU Ikeja Intercept Goods Worth N2bn in Two Weeks



By Eric Elezuo

The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja of the Nigerian Customs Service, has announced that as a result of its reinvigorated efforts in anti-smuggling in the South West zone, it has intercepted various contraband items with a duty paid value of Two Billion, Fifty Five Million, Three Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-Nine Naira Eighty Four Kobo in just two weeks between July 25 and August 7, 2018.

Addressing pressmen on the seizures in what appears to be his farewell address as the helmsman of the unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, said the items cut across various standards ranging from food, automobiles, drugs, wears and many more.

Notably among the items seized were 2, 748 cartons of DSP codeine cough syrup and 95 cartons of Chaka pain Xtra being conveyed in a MAN truck along Afromedia Estate, by Egbeda Junction valued at N1, 175, 200, 000.00. In addition, 49 cartons of tramadol were evacuated from a warehouse in Ajao Estate. Uba hinted that all seizures were products of intelligence gathering.

Among other major seizures the Customs chief presented to the press were 21 sacks of pangolin scales, weighing 1,031kg and four pieces of elephant tusks weighing 29.35kg, evacuated from a shop in Tejuoso Market by a team led by AC Mutalib Sule. The items have a duty paid value of N253, 566, 056. 07.

Other items the Controller showcased included one ford transit bus, which was intercepted along Olorunda axis of Ogun State with 39 sacks and 1,220 parcels of Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp) weighing 1, 610. These items were well concealed in between food items like tomatoes, vegetables and so. Comptroller Uba confided that the items will be handed over to the appropriate agency for further investigation in the spirit of inter-agency relationship.

There were also seizures of 17 units of exotic vehicles, 1, 380 bags of parboiled rice, 1, 126 pieces of used shoes as well as 140 cans of vegetable oil.

While appreciating the press for the encouragement and cooperation he received from them as his tenure lasts, he pleaded that the same kind of cooperation and more be extended to his successor, who he described as a ‘good’ person.

He further extended his appreciation to the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) and his management team for the logistic supports they released which made all the seizures possible and all sister agencies including the army, Police and others for rendering necessary support in the war against smuggling.

Comptroller Uba is due to take up a new mandate at the Seme Area Command.

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Just In: Fifth Columnists in the Presidency Working Against Tinubu, Says El-Rufai




By Michael Effiong

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed that there are some fifth columnists in the presidency who want the All Progressives Congress ( APC) to lose the 2023 Presidential election.

Speaking on Channels TV flagship programme, Sunrise Daily, Governor El-Rufai affirmed that there was serious division in the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

He stated that some people in the Presidency because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was not their preferred candidate are working against his interest.

He noted that the Naira redesign was not an APC problem but a Presidency problem, urging Nigerians to ignore their current situation and still vote for Tinubu as a person.

On the fuel crisis, he said fuel subsidy had been a problem for many years and that it was President Buhari and not APC that has insisted on the subsidy which is costing the nation a whopping six Trillion Naira.

He revealed that as far back as 2016, Buhari had been advised to remove subsidy but he had bluntly refused.

Governor El Rufai used the opportunity to hail his tenure in Kaduna State, noting that his government has attracted over $4billion worth of investments to the state.

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Atiku Vows to Construct Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto Road, Reiterates End to Banditry




The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to reconstruct the Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto road, if elected. He also promised to float empowerment programmes that will combat poverty among the citizens.

Atiku made the pledges on Tuesday in Sokoto while addressing a crowd of supporters at his presidential campaign rally.

The PDP presidential candidate also pledged to end the security challenges bedevilling the nation, ensure stability for profitable farming, grazing as well as reopen the nation’s borders to bolster business activities.

He urged citizens to support PDP candidates at all levels at the forthcoming elections, vowing that a PDP-led administration would curb social, economic and infrastructural decay in the country.

Mr Atiku had inaugurated a remodelled presidential lodge and the Dandima flyover bridge constructed by the Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s administration.

The PDP presidential flag bearer also paid homage on the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, after an interactive session with community and traditional rulers in the state.

Earlier, the PDP National Chairman, Dr Ayochia Ayu, presented the party’s flag to PDP governorship candidate in the State, Sa’idu Umar and received scores of defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Ayu described the Sokoto rally as home coming and enjoined party loyalists to use their PVCs to change the national government as well as sustain the achievements of Tambuwal.

Leader of the defectors, Amb. Faruku Yabo, said the PDP-led administration in the state had the people’s interests at heart, and it was capable of surmounting the national challenges.

The event witnessed presentations from various party chieftains on the ways to address the challenges being faced by the citizens.

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Atiku Promises to End Banditry, Reconstruct Bakalori Dam in Zamfara




The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said a PDP-led Federal Government will end banditry in Zamfara State.

Atiku, who was in Gusau on Monday for a campaign rally, also promised to reconstruct Bakalori Dam to aid irrigation farming in the state. He noted that apart from Borno and Yobe states, Zamfara State has paid dearly for the spate of insecurity in the country, which he blamed on the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.

“They brought insecurity, poverty, and disunity; our youth are not going to school because teachers are not paid in secondary and tertiary institutions.

“With your vote, you will expunge them. I promise to restore peace and security in Nigeria. I have done it in the past (and) I see no reason why with your support and backing, by the grace of God, there won’t be peace in Nigeria,” the PDP candidate asserted.

He promised to work with the state government to revitalise the closed down textile companies, adding that businessmen would be supported with capital to open and go into textile production for job generation.

“We will open (closed) borders because it is not in line with the law. Our borders are closed while others are open; there is no justice in this,” he noted.

The vice presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed confidence that PDP would secure over 80 per cent votes in Zamfara State.

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