HOW CUSTOMS PARADED RICE CONTAINERS SEIZED IN 2016 AS IF IT WAS SEIZED IN 2019

Exposed: How Customs Paraded 2016 Seized Rice Containers as 2019 Seizures, Alleges Masters Energy A recent claim by the Nigeria Customs Service that it seized 33 containers of rice from Masters Energy, whereas the seizure was made in 2016 shows that several other claims of seizures made by the service over the years leave much to be desired, writes Eromosele Abiodun As customary to Nigeria’s security services, the Nigeria Customs Service paraded containers of rice it claimed to have seized last October. Customs’ Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), while parading…

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SEE WHY NORTHERN TRADERS ARE BEGGING BUHARI TO SACK CUSTOMS BOSS

Muhammad Bukar  Some traders operating at Singer Market, one of the biggest provisions markets in Kano have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali. The marketers argued that the Comptroller General, who was supposed to protect business operators to grow has been doing things that are completely against them. The chairman, Association of Northern Young Marketers, Muhammad Bala Hotoro made the call in a press statement issued to newsmen on Thursday. Mr. Hotoro claimed that Ali, whose tenure came to…

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PROTEST IN KWARA AS CUSTOMS SEIZE TONS OF LOCAL RICE

Men of the Nigerian Customs, Kwara state command have been accused of carrying out unlawful arrest, detention and seizure of rice believed to be locally produced from a warehouse in Ilorin. The accusation led to a protest by the chairman of Mount Olive Nigeria Ltd and his staff at the popular Oja Tuntun market on Thursday in Ilorin. Speaking during the protest, chairman of Mount Olive Nigeria Ltd, Pharm. Ademola Adebola Julius, said in the last four years he has been supporting the cause of manufacturing local rice to grow…

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I PAID 200,000 NAIRA BRIBE TO GET MY BUS BACK SAYS TOMATO TRANSPORTER ARRESTED BY CUSTOMS

Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta A driver whose vehicle was impounded along with baskets of tomatoes by men of the Nigeria Customs Service in Ijoun, Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State , Olanrewaju Olasupo, has alleged that he bribed officials of the customs with N200,000 before his vehicle was released. Olasupo said he gave the bribe to one Akin in the Abeokuta command office of the NCS without collecting any receipt. Some officials of the customs service had on Monday seized some baskets and bags of tomatoes from traders and farmers.…

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OGUN FARMERS CRY OUT AS CUSTOMS SEIZE PEPPER AND TOMATOES FARMED AROUND THE BORDER, AUCTION THEM AT GIVEAWAY PRICES

 Ishola Oludare  Pepper and tomato farmers and traders in Ogun State on Monday protested the alleged seizure of their farm produce worth N4million by men of Nigeria Customs Service; alleging that customs had started to auction the seized pepper and tomatoes at N200 per basket to members of the public. The farmers, under the aegis of Yewa/Awori Farm Produce Traders and Farmers Association, stormed the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat in Abeokuta on Monday afternoon, carrying placards with various inscriptions to protest the seizure. Speaking with newsmen, the Chairman…

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CUSTOMS FINALLY EXPLAIN THOSE BEHIND IMPORTED ANTI-MINE MILITARY VEHICLES

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Sunday said the military equipment that were recently intercepted by Nigerian authorities were bound for Niger Republic. Joseph Attah, a spokesperson for the Customs, told PREMIUM TIMES six drivers attached to the vehicles were also held by Nigerian authorities. Six mine-resistance all-terrain vehicles were seized by Nigerian soldiers in Adamawa Stateearlier this week and handed over to the Customs on Saturday. The heavily fortified equipment were being conveyed without appropriate documentation, including their ownership, source and destination, when they were seized by Nigerian soldiers in Fufore Local…

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CUSTOMS ARREST DARE DEVIL ROBBERS WHO BROKE INTO ITS WAREHOUSE TO STEAL SEIZED HARD DRUGS

Eromosele Abiodun The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Port Harcourt Area II Command at Onne Port has arrested five persons who allegedly broke into its warehouse and stole seized hard drugs. Comptroller of the command, Aliyu Galadima Saidu, disclosed this while parading the suspects at the command yesterday. The suspects, he stated, broke and opened a 40-feet seized container comprising drugs constructively warehoused, and loaded same into two vehicles-Mercedes Benz SUV with registration number: EPE 828 AR, and a Toyota Camry with registration number: EKY 159 BD. “Below is the breakdown…

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6 CONTAINERS OF POISONOUS TOMATOES ARRIVE NIGERIA FROM IRAN – CUSTOMS

The Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that six containers of poisonous tomato paste have arrived at the country’s seaport from Iran for onward clearance into local markets. The agency revealed that the tomato paste is branded as Shirin Asal my tomato paste, Sunday Tribune reports. However, in a move to stop the tomato paste from entering into Nigerian markets, the NCS, in a memo signed by the Deputy Comptroller General Tarrif & Trade to all customs commands, warned that all efforts must be put in place. According to the internal…

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COURT AWARDS 5.5BIL NAIRA DAMAGES AGAINST CUSTOMS FOR SEIZING RICE

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday awarded damages of over N5.5billion against the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Chairman of its Board over the unlawful seizure of 90 containers of rice imported by a firm, Maggpiy Trading TFZE. Maggpiy, in its suit marked FHC/CA/CS/40/2017, stated that officials of the NCS invaded and sealed up its warehouse in the Tinapa Free Trade Zone (TFTZ), Calabar on March 18, 2017. The firm said in the suit that the warehouse had rice stored in air-tight containers. The plaintiff said, in…

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30BIL VEHICLES WASTE AWAY IN CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE

Some of the vehicles seized by the customs PHOTO: SULAIMON SALAU Thousands of seized vehicles estimated to cost about N30 billion are currently wasting away at various warehouses of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) nationwide as bidders prospect for opportunity to buy them on the e-auction platform. The Guardian learnt that the vehicles, including exotic brands and top models, were either abandoned by importers or seized from smugglers across the borders, seaports and other locations. Among those sighted by The Guardian are Mercedes Benz G wagon and various Mercedes Benz…

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