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Customs seize N276 million goods in Bauchi

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Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone D, Bauchi, have seized contraband goods valued at N276, 698, 800 between January and September, 2019.

The Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone D, Peters Olugboyega, disclosed this while briefing journalists on Tuesday, at the Zonal headquarters in Bauchi.

He said the Operatives made a seizure of Pangolin shells worth N220.5 million on 9th August, 2019 along Mubi-Michika road axis.

According to him: “On the 9th August, 2019, the operatives of the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘D’ Bauchi while on credible information along Mubi-Michika axis spotted people removing sacks from a broken down vehicle parked by the road side. On sighting the official patrol vehicle, these people took to their heels into the nearby bush, their action triggered curiosity from our operatives.

“Upon searching these abandoned sacks, it was found to contain 200Kg of Pangolin Shells classifiable under HS Code 0507.1090.00 of Common External Tariff (CET) with the total DPV of Two Hundred and Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira only (#220, 500,000.00).”

He also said that on the 5th August 2019, the Operatives made another seizure along Jengre-Jos axis of One (1) Used Nissan Vannete Bus with Reg. No. SGD 831 XA carrying 50 Bags of Foreign Rice classifiable under Chapter 1006 of CET with the total DPV of Two Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira (#2, 890,800.00) only.

The Zonal Comptroller said that on the 5th August 2019, the Operatives made another seizure along Darazo-Gombe axis of 20 Bales of Second Hand Clothing (worn cloth) with the total DPV of #1, 920,000.00 only.

He added that on the 27th July 2019, the Operatives made seizure along Jos-Bauchi road of 18 Bags of Foreign Rice classifiable under Chapter 1006 of CET with the total DPV of #259,200.00 only.

According to Olugboyega: “On the 5th July 2019; the Operatives made seizure along Zaki-Azare axis of Four (4) Used Volkswagen Golf with Registration No. AE 492 AGA, AH 130 KTG, AA 889 TWD and AG 71 GML carrying 182Bags of Foreign Rice classifiable under Chapter 1006 of CET with the total DPV of Six Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira (#6, 940,800.00) only.

“On the 30th June 2019; the Operatives made another seizure along Zaki-Potiskum axis of One (1) Used Volkswagen Golf with Registration No. AA 710 DJA, carrying 46 Bags of Foreign Rice classifiable under Chapter 1006 of Common External Tariff (CET) with the total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Two Thousand, Four Hundred Naira (#1, 742,400.00) only.

‘It may interest you to know that the Unit has from January to September made series of Seizures, ranging from Foreign Rice, Used tyres, Foreign Spaghetti, Second Hand Clothing (Worn Cloth) and Animal Products with the Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) Two Hundred and Seventy Sixty Million, Six Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira (#276, 698,800.00) only,” he added.

He said the unprecedented seizures were made as a result of intelligence and determination on the NCS operatives in making the Zone unbearable for smugglers and appreciated the efforts of other sister agencies, especially the Department of State Services for giving them intelligence in making some of the seizures.

Olugboyega pleaded with Community Leaders to talk to their people to support the efforts of the Officers/Men of the Service in suppressing smuggling in the Country.

“The ongoing closure of borders otherwise known as “Border Drill” is to enforce compliant of ECOWAS Trade Agreement/Protocol among member Nations’ which has started yielding positively with unprecedented rise in revenue generation, reduction in insecurity, wealth and Job creation,” he said.

He warned that: “To those unscrupulous elements, I want them to know that there is no hidden place for them and whatever their strategy, we will always be ahead.”

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ASUU breaks silence on UI staff arrested by DSS for alleged examination fraud – Daily Post Nigeria

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, on Tuesday declared that no single academic staff in the university was involved in examination malpractices at the Distance Learning Center (DLC) of the institution.

ASUU Chairman, Professor Deji Omole made this declaration in a statement made available to DAILY POST.

Omole was reacting to the arrest of six staff of the distance learning centre by the men of the department of state service (DSS) at the instance of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, for alleged examination malpractices.

DAILY POST recalls that six staff of the distance learning centre, among whom were Edward Eborgu (Head of UI DLC software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Head Student Support), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media representative), Ademola Okunola (IT personnel), one Lanre (IT personnel) and a certain David in the Director’s office were picked last Thursday for the fraud.

But, Omole while speaking, lashed out at the Director of Public Communications of the University, Olatunji Oladejo, who some papers attributed the story to as misinforming the public.

Omole said that contrary to Oladejo’s claim, no academic staff of the distance learning centre has been fingered or linked to the fraud.

He added that no one should drag ASUU into the fraud since none of its members is involved.

Apart from the fact that the University committee, Omole said that “ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”

He, however, said it will not take it lightly when her members are wrongly accused.

“Our members not involved in UI Exam fraud. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter on Tuesday says no single academic staff was involved in examination malpractices in her Distance Learning Center (DLC).

“Seven non-academic staff of the Distance learning center of the Institution were picked up by the DSS last week Thursday over their alleged involvement in aiding and abetting examination malpractices and compromising the integrity of examinations.

“Academic staff have not been fingered or linked to the fraud and no one should drag them into it. The Union is not against punishing anyone linked to the fraud.

“Apart from the fact that the University committee, ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”

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Why we arrested Mompha in Abuja – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha.

EFCC disclosed that Mompha was arrested for alleged internet fraud and money laundering on Friday last week at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The anti-graft agency made the disclosure in a series of tweets titled: “Alleged Internet fraud, Money Laundering: EFCC Arrests Ismaila Mustapha, a.k.a Mompha.”

The tweets reads: “The EFCC, Lagos office, has arrested a renowned Social Media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha for alleged involvement in internet-related fraud and money laundering.

“The suspect, a premium and first class customer of one of the popular international airlines, was arrested on Friday 18, October 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on his way to Dubai Emirate following series of intelligence reports received by the Commission.”

EFCC also disclosed that according to its operatives, “actionable cross border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities further strengthened our suspicion”.

It added: “Ismaila, who allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a Bureau de Change operator is always seen with his little son flaunting huge amount of foreign currencies on his social media platforms.

“Investigations have also revealed that Ismaila is only using the BDC business, he jointly owned with his siblings, as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime.

“However, the suspect has volunteered useful information to the operatives and has admitted to be reasonably involved in the first two cases he was alleged to be involved.

“At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total worth of over twenty million naira (N20, 000, 000: 00) was recovered from him. The suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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BREAKING: Benue Assembly member arrested over crime

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Police have arrested the Member of the Benue Assembly Representing Katsina-Ala Constituency, Hon Jonathan Agbiye.

Agbidye was apprehended in possession of a Toyota Hilux vehicle believed to belong to the late Justice Tine Tur.

He’s currently being taken to Abuja by the mobile squad.

Hon Agbidye is a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC and he won the 2019 Benue State House of Assembly election on the platform of the APC.

Reports from Katsina-Ala before and during the elections said notorious kingpin and wanted man, Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana, who is also said to have strong links with APC allegedly sponsored Jonathan Agbidye for the election “to represent him” in the House.

Gana, it was rumoured, had threatened that anyone who contested and defeated Agbidye would not remain alive to enjoy his tenure in the Assembly.

As a result of Gana’s threat to kill, the PDP candidate in Katsina-Ala who contested against Agbidye refused to file a petition against INEC’s declaration of the APC candidate as winner of the election.

Information has it that someone (name withheld) wrote a petition to the Inspector-General of Police on the suspected criminal activities of Agbidye including his ties with Gana.

The IGP, acting on the petition, detailed his men who began to trail the Benue lawmaker till he was nabbed in possession of the said stolen hilux vehicle.

When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Anene Sewuese Catherine, confirmed the presence of IGP IRT team but yet to get the full details.

“I can confirm the presence of IRT in Benue but not sure of the arrest yet. I will meet with the team leader to get the full details shortly,” she said.

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