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IOM: 34 migrants dead after boat capsizes off Djibouti

Thirty-four migrants drowned on Monday after their boat capsized off the coast of Djibouti, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said, the second such accident in just over a month.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Customs arrest three smugglers, intercept contrabands worth N786 million

Officers and Men attached to the Zone ‘B’ Strike Force Team of the Nigeria Customs Service have arrested three smugglers and intercepted contraband with a duty paid value of N786,911,648 across the northern region.
There was pandemonium in Oke-Odan, Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State following the alleged killing of a youth by men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on New Year’s Eve.

Customs intercept 705 items with duty paid value of N409.8 million in Seme

The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Border Area Command, on Wednesday said it had intercepted contraband with duty paid value of N409,851,533 since the reopening of the border.
The Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col Hameed Ali (Rtd), has said that most vehicles imported into the country were rickety.

Customs boss: Most vehicles imported into Nigeria are rickety

The Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col Hameed Ali (Rtd), has said that most vehicles imported into the country were rickety. Ali disclosed this while appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on...
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Scarcity of foreign rice hits Abuja, Jigawa markets

Hajiya Rahmatu Mohammed, a rice seller in Utako Market in Abuja, said in view of the scarcity, the price of foreign rice had increased in the market.

Customs hands over drugs worth N234.5 million to NDLEA in Ogun

The Ogun Area 1 command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has handed over seized drugs worth N234,477,860 to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Katsina: Customs intercepts 470 bags of rice, other items in two months

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Area Command in Katsina, says it intercepted smuggled goods worth N79 million between February and March 2021.

Nigeria Customs says border area extensive, porous; receives three scanners

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that the porous and extensive border area requiring security coverage was the reason for the spate of smuggling and arms proliferation in the country.

Customs boss: Border communities team up with arms smugglers to kill officers

The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), Thursday told the House of Representatives that the agency’s biggest problem in trying to stem arms smuggling is border communities ganging up against his officers.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Customs seizes 180 jack knives from bandits’ courier in Zamfara

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’, says it has seized 180 pieces of assorted Jack knives and other items with duty paid value of N466.33 million.
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Guns, blood and Nigeria’s borderless international borders

In 2008 the research topic for my 2nd Masters programme was titled “International Small Arms Regime And The State:” The focus was on Africa and Nigeria.
Okomu Oil company has given out cheques of N90,000 each to no fewer than 35 students of tertiary institutions from about 20 host communities in three local government areas where it operates in Edo.

Okomu Oil Palm wants central bank to review anchor borrowers programme

Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc. wants a review of CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) to accommodate more farmers and to shore up the nation’s foreign earnings from agriculture.

Thugs attack Joint Border Drill operatives, raze customs checkpoints, vehicles

Thugs suspected to be smugglers attacked the Joint Border Drill Operatives stationed at Olajogun in Oja Odan town of Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State, razing two buildings and customs checkpoints in the attack.
There was pandemonium in Oke-Odan, Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State following the alleged killing of a youth by men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on New Year’s Eve.

Oyo-Osun customs rakes in N4.8 billion in January

The Customs Area Controller of Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr. Adamu Abdulkadir, has said the command generated N4,896 billion in January 2021.
The Ogun 1 Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, said it seized 47,601 bags of parboiled rice and other prohibited items valued at N2,383,401,660 in the last thirteen months, with the duty paid.

Ogun Customs seizes smuggled items worth N2.38 billion in 13 months

The Ogun 1 Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, said it seized 47,601 bags of parboiled rice and other prohibited items valued at N2,383,401,660 in the last thirteen months, with the duty paid.
Alhaji Suleiman Umar, the National Programme Manager of Popular Farms Mills in Kano State says the company is targeting to process 1.5 million tonnes of Paddy Rice per annum in the country.

Rice processors beg Nigerian government to criminalise foreign rice sales

The Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RPAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to criminalise the sales of foreign rice in the country.

UN seeks $100 million to aid African migrants

The United Nations on Wednesday appealed to member countries for $100 million to help it boost support for refugees fleeing escalating conflicts and crises in Africa and embarking on risky migration routes to Europe.
Rice millers in Gombe State have called on both the Federal and State Governments’ support for acquisition of modern rice drying machine to boost production of the commodity in the state.

Rice millers express fear, raise alarm over massive smuggling of foreign rice

As Federal Government reopens some land borders and take-off of Africa Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, agreement, rice millers under the auspices of Rice Millers Association of Nigeria, RIMAN, Saturday, expressed fear and raised the alarm over massive smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Coronavirus: KanInvest secures N10 billion central bank fund to revive industries in Kano

The KanInvest and Diaspora, in partnership with the Links, a UK-based company and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has secured N10 billion intervention fund from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in its bid to revive industries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic disease in Kano State.

CSO: Parents conniving with traffickers to recruit underage girls

“Recently a lot of underage girls have been recruited, especially from the Southwest of Nigeria; precisely Osun State. The network is presently investigating a report to unravel the cartel and their evil deeds. However, we call on all our members and the general public to be on the alert and intensify awareness creation among vulnerable persons,” the statement read.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Customs intercepts 5,200 live ammunition, other contraband worth N386 million

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’ Owerri, said it has intercepted 5,200 live ammunition (cartridges of 30GR 70mm Calibre) and various contraband with a duty paid value (DPV) worth over N386 million between November 23 and December 27, 2020, having intensified its anti-smuggling operations.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

One dies as customs, smugglers clash in Ogun

Stray bullets allegedly fired by operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in a Saturday clash with smugglers have left one person dead and others injured in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
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2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
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Alhaji Munir Sanusi, the chief of staff to the Emir of Kano, has confirmed the receipt of the query issued to Emir Muhammad Sanusi II by the Kano state government.

Mallam Sanusi advocates debt relief for Nigeria

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has advocated debt relief for Nigeria as it mounts, saying the debt-to-Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio is a useless way of measuring debt sustainability.
Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati, president of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), was shot in the capital Bamako on Tuesday morning, CMA spokesman Almou Ag Mohamed said.

Leader of Mali’s rebel alliance CMA dies from gunshot wounds

The leader of Mali’s Tuareg-led rebel alliance has died from gunshot wounds sustained in an attack by unidentified gunmen outside his home on Tuesday, a movement spokesman and Mali’s government said.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Ramadan: Gombe governor calls for fervent prayers against insecurity

Muslim communities have been called upon to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray fervently against the challenges of insecurity as well as for unity and progress of the state and the nation as a whole.

USAID to provide $3 million grant, technical assistance to combat food insecurity in Nigeria

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing financial grant and technical assistance worth $3 million to combat food insecurity in Nigeria compounded by COVID-19 pandemic.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Kaduna: Bandits kill two persons, burn houses, vehicles

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the killing in a statement issued in Kaduna.