Arms Importation: Buhari Meets Turkish Leader

By Bayo Bernard High level diplomatic talks are currently on going between the Nigerian government and its Turkish counterpart. The meeting taking place in Ankra, the Turkish capital, the magazine learnt was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari had arrived Turkey, yesterday October 18 where he was expected to take part in the 9th summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) tomorrow.. The relations between the two friendly nations have recently been challenged by incessant importation of dangerous arms into the country. Four times within the last eight months…

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N3.2 Billion Fraud: ANLCA Begs Jukwe

By Bayo Bernard President Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent, ANLCA Prince Olayiwola Shittu may have been embarrassed by the association’s sudden changed of gear over allegation of mismanagement of the Council funds against Registar and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, CRFFN, Sir Mike Jukwe. ANLCA had in August this year accused Jukwe of mismanaging over N3 billion belonging to the council. The spokesman of ANLCA, Kayode Farinto raised the allegation while addressing journalists on the directive by the Minister of…

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Arms Importation: DSS On Trail of Importer

By Bayo Bernard A week after the Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali challenged the Department of State Services, DSS to disclosed identity of those behind recent importation of arms into the country, Nigerians wait endlessly for response from the nation’s secret police. The DSS, has however launched a manhunt for the importer, sources from DSS headquarters in Abuja informed the magazine. The customs boss had passed the buck of disclosing identities of arms importers in the country, to the DSS and other security agencies at…

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Arms Haul: Customs Strengthens Enforcement Units

By Bayo Bernard   The seizure of 1,100 pump action rifles at the Tin can Island Port, Lagos is an indication that it’s no longer business as usual with men and officers of the Nigerian Customs Service of the Command particularly, since assumption of office of the no nonsense Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali (rtd). The command has been up and doing since Bashar Yusuf became the Area Customs Controller of the command sometimes last year. His deployment to the command has witnessed the interception and…

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Refinery: IheanachoTakes Big Risk

By Bayo Bernard   Big player in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas sector Integrated Oil and Gas Limited has rolled out plans for the construction of a 20,000 bpd crude oil refinery in Tomaro Island, Lagos, which experts say will help the federal  government quests  to exit from the comity of fuel importing nations.  The Eko Petrochem and Refining Company Limited is a subsidiary of Genesis/ IOG Group, owned by shipping magnate and former minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho. When completed the project is expected to reduce Nigeria’s dependence on…

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Apapa: Iheanacho Calls FG To Action

By Bayo Bernard On the heels of recent intervention by Dagote Group on roads leading to Nigeria’s major seaports in Lagos former Minister of Internal Affairs, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho has appealed to the federal government to make huge investments in intermodal transport system as a way of solving the perennial traffic gridlock experienced by Nigerians plying businesses around and inside the Lagos ports area, due to infrastructure deficit and facility collapse. The former governorship candidate in Imo state said the current administration must immediately empower a task force to address…

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CVFF: NIMASA Fails Ship Owners Again

By Bayo Bernard For a record time the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has dashed the hopes of ship owners and operators earnestly expecting the disbursement of Cabotage Vessel Finance Fund, CVFF.  The Fund set up to assist indigenous ship operators in the country has climbed to over $100 million in the last few years and currently warehoused with the Central Bank of Nigeria. In spite of the steady rise in the  multi-0million dollar funds, disclosure by the agency Director General, Dakuku Peterside that it cannot be assessed…

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Maritime Leaders Fete At NIMPORT 2017

By Bayo Bernard Staunch stakeholders in the maritime sector of Nigerian economy will gather between August 22 and 24 at the Oriental Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos for the annual international conference and exhibition of the Nigerian International Maritime Ports and Terminals (NIMPORT) conference. Chairman of NIMPORT, Fortune Idu, in a press statement disclosed that the theme of this year’s conference is “Improving Connectivity,Enhancing Trade” and it is aimed at “bringing together all maritime industry leaders to network and discuss on pressing issues relating to global maritime trade,port and logistic development…

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Shettima, Kanu, Fani Kayode Are Terrorists-Osinbajo

By Bayo Bernard The federal government must apprehend individuals behind the quit notice to Igbo in the Northern part of the country to leave the region before October 1, this year to show seriousness on its part to deal with hate speakers in the country. The Arewa Youth Forum had two months ago threatened to force people of Igbo decent out of the North should they failed to move out by that date. It’s barely two months to that deadline and apprehensions loom all over the country. But Acting President…

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North Korea: Fear Grips Americans

By Bayo Bernard In the event of any preemptive nuclear strike against the United States of America by the North Korea regime what will the President Donald Trump administration do? This is the question now agitating the minds of many Americans as the tension between the two countries escalates. The regime leader Kim Jong-Un has lately threatened to attack Guam, a United States territory in the Pacific. Senior military officials in PENTAGON, United States military arm have been meeting to respond to any threat from the North, sources say. North…

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ANLCA Exposes N3.2B Fraud in CRFFN

By Bayo Bernard Registrar and chief executive officer of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, Sir Mike Jukwe will be shocked over latest revelation of allege gross mismanagement of funds belonging to the Council. A group, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA has alleged that the council under the watchful eyes of the council boss mismanage over N3 billion, being funds allocated to the CRFFN by the federal government in the last two years. The Association has therefore demanded a probe of the finances…

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FG Splashes N6B on Peugeot

By Bayo Bernard After years of almost redundancy Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited has got a new lifeline as Nigeria’s major automaker, after the federal government purchased 360 vehicles from the vehicle manufacturer. The development came after the Kaduna based vehicle maker was made richer to the tune of over N6billion by the Buhari administration. The firm was contracted to supply 360 Peugeot 506 to Nigeria’s House of Representatives members. The automobile company has already delivered 200 state of art vehicles to the lawmakers.  According to analysts, the automaker has benefited…

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N400B Debt: Senate Probes Atiku’s Intels

By Bayo Bernard Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited, INTELS is one of the firms to be grilled by the Senator Hope Uzodinma joint Committee on Customs and Maritime investigating infractions on revenue accruing to the federal government from the seaports. The committee had recently alleged that the Nigerian Customs Service, NSC a la Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA failed to remit over N30 trillion to the federal government. As part of the ongoing probe the committee Tuesday directed 60 companies to appear before it. Senator Uzodinma said the companies should be…

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POF: CRFFN Bounces Back to Life

By Bayo Bernard The Abuja and Lagos offices of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, CRFFN have come alive again following the collection of Practitioners’ Operating Fees, POF by the council as directed by the Ministry of Transport, MOT. The MOT in statement titled ‘Commencement of Collection of Practitioners Operating Fee By Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding In Nigeria’ said Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi gave the directive to end the over two years POF hiatus. “The minister of transportation had approved that collection…

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Boko Haram Returns Amidst Fear

By Bayo Bernard Over 200 soldiers are ready to be deployed to Liberia under the ECOWAS peace keeping force Defense Headquarters has said. The development came on the heels of upsurge in Boko haram attacks in Borno state in the last few weeks.  Security experts insist that the dreaded terror group has continued to gain more grounds and that the military is currently under severe pressure. The prevailing situation however, runs against claims by the Nigerian Military that the terror has been technically defeated. Also claim that Boko Haram no…

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Vessels: NPA, Senate Head for Showdown

By Bayo Bernard The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff faces a herculean task in its quest to unravel allege missing of 282 vessels in the Nigerian ports. The Senator Hope Uzordinma had few days ago directed the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA to immediately account for the vessels which it said developed wings from the ports after berth. The implication the senators said is that the country was denied revenue due to the discrepancy. The Authority has however replied the Committee describing the allegation as unfounded without any proof…

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Checkpoints: Controllers Shun CG

By Bayo Bernard More than 24 hours after Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS , Colonel Hamid Alli(retired) directed the removal of all illegal checkpoints across the country men and officers of the service have failed to comply. The customs’ boss had directed his men to dismantle hundreds of such roadblocks in compliance with the circular of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s quest to make business easy to do in the country. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo recently signed a Presidential…

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Buhari: The Intrigues Continue

By Bayo Bernard Chieftains of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC have continued to fall over themselves to worm themselves into the heart of ailing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, currently in the United Kingdom where he’s receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had paid President Buhari a visit in London late June where the duo held discussion on national issues. Barely one month after Osinbajo’s visit some ministers and governors of the APC have also visited Buhari who left the country in may this year and yet…

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Anambra: Uba, 40 Others Enter Race

By Bayo Bernard Governor Andy Uba had barely settled down to work after his swearing in as Anambra state governor when he was removed by Nigeria’s apex court, the Supreme Court in the famous tenure interpretation verdict in 2007. He was barely 17 days in office at the time when he was kick out of Awka Government House. The apex court pronounced Peter Obi as the authentic helmsman of the state. Exactly 10 years after that incident, Uba who was aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo has decided to run…

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Presidency: Fayose Dares All

By Bayo Bernard Nigeria politician eying the presidency have one formidable aspirant to contest with, the governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Peter Fayose. On July 15 the controversial politician threw himself into the presidential ring, warning President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress, APC to pack and go. I will make sure Buhari is not reelected for a second term in office, Fayose said. “I have penchant for taking powers; that one in Buhari’s hand. I will take it. I’m going straight to that villa. I’m the next president. “I…

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