2019: FOU Impounds Anti-Ballistic Vehicles.

By Bayo Bernard The President Muhammadu Buhari government has ensured that some unscrupulous politicians do not have their way with the government, particularly when it comes to payment of duties on imported vehicles. This is more so when the politicians are planning to use such vehicles for the 2019 elections. To this end therefore, the federal government has unleashed the Federal Operations Unit, FOU Zone A, Lagos to rein in duty evaders no matter how close they are to the corridors of power. Compared with immediate past, the FOU, sometimes…

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Piracy: IMB Faults NIMASA

By Bayo Bernard The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA projected Zero pirates’ attacks have been greatly challenged by upsurge in number of sea robbery that took place on Nigerian coastal waters in the last few months. The latest attack came last Saturday, October 21 when six crew members, including the captain, were kidnapped from the Liberian-flagged containership Demeter while the ship was sailing some 50 nautical miles south-west of Bonny. An armed group of eight pirates managed to board the box ship after an exchange of fire, a…

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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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LASG Restricts Movement On Ikorodu Road

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said that there would be partial restriction of movement on Ikorodu Road to enable it replace the dilapidated and disused steel pedestrian bridge at Fadeyi Bus Stop with a new footbridge. In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu, the government said that in its continuous drive to protect the lives of pedestrians on the highway, the disused pedestrian bridge would be pulled down to give way for a new one worthy of the status of…

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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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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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Seizures: Agents Storm FOU

By Stephen Ubanna Worried at the rate which Federal Operation Unit, FOU, Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service impound Containerized cargoes and trucks released from the ports, Bonded terminals and land border stations  in Lagos and Ogun states, officials of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF,  last Wednesday, August 2, were at the  Command  to rub minds with Mohammed Garba, the Comptroller to seek for a soft landing. The NAGAFF team was led to the negotiation table by Boniface Anniebonam , the founder of the negotiation…

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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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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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Apapa: Still A Disaster

The Oshodi/Apapa Express way  is still a disaster despite government fr promises to fix the road as Aliko Dangote and  two other critical  stakeholders mobilize funds to fix the road to save the multi-billion naira investments at Apapa Wharf By Stephen Ubanna Okechukwu Uzochukwu, a Lagos based clearing agent has never had so bad taking delivery of his importer’s Container at Tin-can Island port to an importer’s warehouse. This is because of the bad state of the Oshodi /Apapa Expressway. It takes a truck laden with Container from the Sifax…

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AIB resuscitates Investigation equipment

The unserviceable flight Data equipment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is on the verge of resuscitation, a move that is expected to boost the investigations capabilities of the Bureau. The $5.8 million unserviceable Flight Safety Laboratory equipment is designed with capacity to download information from Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). In a statement issued by the Bureau spokesman, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi after a week of training facilitated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Singaporean Government,the Commissioner, AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru said that the…

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