FOU : Renewed Crack Down On Smugglers And Fraudulent Agents

Hameed Ali, Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, throws his weight behind Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, as it makes spectacular seizures, translating to improved monthly revenue By Stephen Ubanna Officers and Men of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, which oversees anti-smuggling operations and movement of goods in and out the seaports and airports in their area of jurisdiction comprising of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Osun states in south west Nigeria has sent a signal to smugglers and importers with their clearing agents…

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2017 Ankara Carnival: LASG Plans Big

The Akinwunmi Ambode led Lagos State Government has made its plans known to begin the resuscitation of moribund Ankara textile industries in the state, with the aim of giving a facelift to the ‘Ankara’ fabric, which has gained popularity in the global fashion scene and to provide job opportunities for millions of unemployed youths.  This was disclosed during the week in Lagos, at a press conference, to herald the forthcoming Lagos Ankara Carnival 2017, slated for September 2-9, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.  According to the chief host…

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Fraudulent DISCOs

By Oji Odu Barely hours into the directive by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for electricity consumers who have not yet been metered by the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) after several warnings to stop payment of all forms of estimated electricity bills, some of them have now been metered. Where did these unavailable meters appear from? In a statement jointly signed by Heads of their Corporate Communications, Messrs Felix Ofulue and Godwin Idemudia, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKDC) and Ikeja Electric (IE) while clearing the air on the directive…

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AIG Imue Warns Port Criminals

By Bayo Bernard The first task of the newly appointed Assistant Inspector General, AIG of Police, Maritime Police Command, Pius Immue is to clean the Augean stables of the ports where miscreants and criminals operates without encumbrances. In spite of claims by various security agencies working in the Lagos ports for instance, men of the underworld still continue with their criminal activities unhindered. Major crimes existing in the ports include, forgery, burglary, document falsification and cargo stealing. Whereas these crimes are committed sometimes, in the full glare of security agencies…

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“How Nigeria’s Economy Can Grow Faster”

—Jerome Utomi, a social entrepreneur and development communication specialist Whenever Utomi is mentioned, the first person that comes to mind is Professor Pat. Utomi, are you related to him? Thank you very much. Biologically, we are not related but he is a man that I have much love and respect for. He is a role model that I am looking up to and learning very fast from. I have had the opportunity of meeting with him and that experience increased my respect and admiration for him. That was during an…

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Customs: Red Alert On Imported Fairly Used Goods

Importers turn Nigeria as dumping ground for fairly used goods as Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority streamlines agencies at the port described as important to Customs operations By Stephen Ubanna Nigeria is gradually turning to a dumping ground for fairly goods from Europe, Asia and North America. They range from fairly used  clothings, shoes, electronics, generators, fridges, tyres, books to vehicles. Many Nigerians based in Germany A visitor to Apapa, Tincan Island and Kirikiri Lighter terminal, KLT, Phase 1 and 2 would be surprised that half…

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CNPP, Labour Unions Asks FG to Release and Negotiate with Ifeanyi Ubah

The Conference of Nigeria Political parties (CNPP) has thrown its weight behind the call by the United Labour Congress (ULC) for the release of the Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, in order to pave the way for negotiation with company’s management.  The umbrella body of all registered political parties and associations in the country in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu appealed to the federal government to consider the fate of the numerous workers employed by the privately owned company and release the…

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EFCC Arraigns Three Ghost Workers Over N9.7 Million Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 arraigned the trio of Onukaogu Onyinyechi Esther, Ebenuwa Chinazo Jennifer and Onukaogu Joshua before Justice A. S. Adepoju of the FCT High court sitting in Wuse, Abuja, on a 13-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence. Esther allegedly abused her office while being a staff of Soft Alliance, consultants to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation on IPPIS between 2012 and 2013, to input her name and two of her siblings (Jennifer and…

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Whistle Blowers Receives N375 Million As First Payment

The Federal Ministry of Finance has confirmed the release of N375.8M to the first batch of 20 providers of information under the Whistleblower Policy. The payment, of various amounts totaling N375,875,000, relate to the recovery of N11,635,000,000 . The Minister for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun stated: “This payment, which is the first under the Whistleblower Policy, underscores the commitment of the President Muhmmadu Buhari-led administration in meeting obligations to information providers under the Whistleblower Policy. The policy is an essential tool in the fight against corruption.” She further disclosed recent…

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Niger Delta: Dotted By Abandoned Projects

By Stephen Ubanna When the Ministry of Niger Delta was established by the late President Musa Yar’Adua in 2008, John Ukachukwu, an indigene of Oyigbo in Rivers state heaved a sigh of relief. Ukachukwu was optimistic that the establishment of the Ministry would facilitate the development of the oil polluted Niger Delta region. He was not alone. There are many people in the region who share the same view with him. They include influential , intellectual, opinion leaders and traditional rulers in the region. The then late President Yar’Adua showed…

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FG Probes N700Billion Niger/Delta Projects Under Yar’adua-Jonathan Administration

The Federal Government is to probe N700 billion worth of projects in the Niger Delta, which were awarded by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua/Goodluck Jonathan administrations. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani N. Usani, who disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after yesterday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting chaired by acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said those found culpable would either be made to return the money or face the anti-graft agencies. He said that 60 percent of the contract sum, about N423 billion, had been released for the 427…

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NIMASA: Firms Reject NSDP Graduates

By Bayo Bernard   Over one thousand graduates under the Nigerian Seafarer’s Development Programme, NSDP bankrolled by apex maritime body, the Nigeria Maritime Administrative and Safety Agency, NIMASA have failed to secure payable jobs since they finished the course. Most of them are now languishing in Lagos and other cities across world hoping to find a job somehow after years of rigorous training abroad. The NSDP was an interventionist project started by the agency in 2008. Eight years after, the programme has produced over one thousand graduates trained in different…

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‘Buhari Administration has Produced New Sets of Millionaires’ – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,  said that the Federal Government through its agriculture empowerment programme had created new set of millionaires in farming. The minister stated this when he featured on a special edition of Channels TV programme, “Sunrise Daily” on the mid-term report of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Lai Mohammed Mohammed said that many young farmers were empowered through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrower Programme and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture’s Soil Map initiative. He said that the programme, which recorded huge success…

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Osinbajo Signs Laws to Ease Loan Facilities for MSMEs

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has signed into law two bills that would give easy access to credit facility for Nigerians. The bills which have now become ‘Acts’ were the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act, 2017 (otherwise known as Collateral Registry Act) and the Credit Reporting Act, 2017. A statement signed the spokesman to the Acting President, Mr. Laolu Akande on Tuesday stated that the laws would ultimately facilitate the achievement of the goals of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) set up by President Muhammadu Buhari in July…

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Nigerians Invested over N28.7Billion, Lost N11.9Billion in MMM

The Nigerian investing public lost N11.9 billion to the Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox, MMM, Ponzi scheme, according to the Annual Report of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum, NeFF, which was unveiled, in Abuja, yesterday. It indicated that Nigerians invested over N28.7 billion in the scheme between June and December 2016. The report also showed that the N28.7 billion was money that passed through the NIBSS, involving only 14 banks that are currently on the NIBSS industry Anti-fraud System, HEINDALL, an indication that the aggregate amount Nigerians invested in the MMM and…

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Port Thieves

Wharf  Rats return to the, Port as they vandalize examined Containers, thus making nonsense of the terminal operators and the Nigeria Customs Service security measures By Stephen Ubanna In  spite of the security measures put in place by Sifax Cargo Handling Company, one of the terminal operators at the Tincan Island port and Yusuf Barshar, the Customs Command, Controller to forestall the activities of Warf rats, the hoodlums are still finding their way into the port causing havoc to importer’s Containers. Importers who had fallen victim to the evil machination…

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Ports: Security Beefed Up

By Stephen Ubanna With the intensified terrorist activities and proliferation of arms in Asia, Europe and North America  Security  have been beefed up at Nigeria ports to forestall importation  of arms into the country. They are further encouraged to put a close watch on what is coming into the  country through the port  because of the recent statement by Tukur Buratai, a Lt General and Chief of army Staff that politicians are approaching the military to take-over the government. Indeed , no military Coup had ever succeeded without Civilian sponsors.…

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Agents of Confusion

By Stephen Ubanna Those who think that the  strike by members of the  Association  of Nigeria License Customs Agents , ANLCA,  and other Associations  against the bad state of the Apapa road and alleged extortion   by Customs personnel  which paralysed operations at the ports and land  borders for almost two days had  an impact may have to do a rethink. This is because  the strike made no impact on the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  revenue collection  or the shipping Companies and the terminal operators as it is still business as…

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Appeal court quashes jail sentence of ex NIMASA boss, Omatseye

Former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Raymond Omatseye, got a reprieve today May 11 2017 through a judgement delivered by an Appeal court based in Lagos. A lower court had initially found him guilty and sentenced him to jail on allegations of N1.5 billion fraud. The decision of the Appellate court was read by Justice Yargata Nimpar, and she said that the High Court which tried him did not properly evaluate the evidence before it. The Federal High Court, Lagos, on May 20, 2016, presided…

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Capital Oil Boss Arrested over N11 Billion Petrol Theft

By Akinwale Kasali For the second time in less than two months, Capital Oil boss and former Gubernatorial Candidate of Labour Party in the 2013 Anambra State election, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has been arrested by the State Security Service, SSS, has arrested on allegation of “economic sabotage”. The SSS says that Ubah was detained on Friday in connection to missing petroleum products. “The arrest was sequel to UBAH’s engagement in acts of economic sabotage which include stealing, diversion and illegal sale of petroleum products stored in his tank farm by…

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