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NCS blocks 73 local guns, 891 cartridges in Kebbi

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The PRO said that three persons were arrested and detained while a preliminary investigation is ongoing.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges at Yauri, Zamare waterside in Kebbi.

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The Customs’ Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph Attah, announced this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Attah explained that officers of the NCS, Federal Operation Unit (FOU) zone B, who were on patrol along the waterside, had seized a truck loaded with locally produced rice.

According to him, some sacks were concealed under the bags of rice.

He said that upon careful examination, the sacks were found to contain the weapons.

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Attah quoted the Controller of FOU Zone B, Hamisu Albashir, as saying that the feat was a signal to all those who might be planning to bring any harmful items into the country through the zone.

He appealed to the general public, especially border dwellers, to provide credible information for effective border security.

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NCS set to close shops, supermarkets selling foreign goods


Nigerian Customs Service has warned off supermarkets and shops in some parts of the country to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited goods.

“In our effort to suppress smuggling, the Nigerian Customs Service Kano/Jigawa area command deemed it fit to write and seek for your cooperation to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited items in your supermarket/shops to avoid being closed by customs operatives,” Kano/Jigawa area controller, Ahmed Nasir, said in a statement.


This warning comes months after the Nigerian government ordered the closure of its land borders.

Nigeria, without warning on 21 August, closed all its land borders two months ago to tackle smuggling, but the unprecedented move is affecting trade across the region.


Bustling borders have come to a standstill, with goods rotting and queues of lorries waiting at checkpoints in the hope the crossings will reopen but it has hopes are dashing already.

Despite the ban, foreign rice still saturates the Nigerian market.


Although, the customs authorities said Nigeria has gained from the closure, prices of food staples have risen steeply and legitimate businesses have been caught in the crossfire.

The country’s inflation has also been on the rise since August.

The government says the border closures will help boost local food production. But rice takes time to grow, harvest, process and sell, and the country’s farming industry may not keep up with the huge increase in demand.

“We are not yet ripe to close the border because . . . we need years [of] investing in farmers so they can harvest enough for Nigeria,” said Ekpo Ain, a rice trader at the Sura market in Lagos told Financial Times.


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Border Closure: Trader remanded over smuggling 180 bags of foreign rice


Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Monday ordered that trader, Kabir Folorunso, or allegedly smuggled-in 180 bags of banned foreign rice, be remanded in a correction centre, pending bail.


Ajoku ordered the defendant, who hails from Ogbomoso, in Oyo state, to be remanded in Agodi Correctional Centre after he had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

She adjourned the case until April 23, for bail application and fixed Apri, 26 for commencement of trial.


Earlier, Counsel to the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr Musa Onimisi, told the court that the defendant was arraigned on a charge bordering on unlawful dealing in contraband.

He alleged that the defendant committed the offence on Oct. 19, 2019, on the Ogbomoso-Igbeti road, Oyo State.

He told the court the operatives of the customs service apprehended the defendant, as he allegedly tried to smuggle in the 180 bags of banned imported rice in an ash-coloured truck with Reg. no. STA11XA.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 164 (A) of Custom and Excise Act 2004.


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Just in: NIS intercepts 42 contraband bag of rice


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) intercepted 42 bags of foreign rice at Kankara axis of Katisna State.

The Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr Sunday James, who disclosed this in a statement made available to Media, on Saturday in Abuja, said that it was concealed in a vehicle.
James said that the officers were on routine patrol along the Kankara axis when they apprehended a vehicle carrying the contraband.


He said that the Command Comptroller Nigeria Immigration Service, Katsina state command, Yakubu Umar, handed over the 42 bags of rice to the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede congratulated the officers for a well coordinated outing imploring them to be more dedicated to the national course and keep the border secured for a safe nation.


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7 Strange traditions & customs in African countries


Africa is full of bizarre practices some of which are known, and many others that are unknown to the world.

Some of these strange customs still exist many years after civilization. These ethnic communities practice certain traditions that will shock you.


1. Stealing each other’s wives – Niger

In the Wodaabe tribe of Niger in West Africa, men are known to steal each other’s wives. The Wodaabe’s first marriage is arranged by their parents in infancy and must be between cousins of the same lineage. However, at the yearly Gerewol Festival, Wodaabe men wear elaborate makeup and costumes and dance to impress the women – and hopefully steal a new wife.

If a man is able to steal away undetected (especially from a current husband who may not want to part with his wife), then they become socially recognized.


2. Spitting as a form of greeting – Massai tribe

The Massai tribe, found in Kenya and Tanzania, spit as a way of saying hello. While the English man would say hello, spitting is a way of greeting.

Asides that, when a baby is born, it is the custom of the men to spit on the newborn and refer to him as bad. They believe this would protect the baby from evil spirits. Maasai warriors also spit in their hands before shaking the hand of an elder. Furthermore, the Massai tribe is also famous for its drinking of fresh animal blood.


3. Festival of the dead – Malawi

The Chewa community is a Bantu tribe mostly found in Malawi.

During the burial ceremony of a tribe member, it is customary for the body of the deceased to be washed.

The corpse is taken to a sacred place where the cleansing is done by slitting the throat and pouring water through the insides of the dead.

The water is squeezed out of the body until it comes out clean. The water is then collected and used to prepare a meal for the whole community.


4. Bull jumping in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia young boys have to undergo some form of ritual to prove their manhood this involves a series of events.

A young boy has to strip naked, run, jump and land on the back of a bull. This is then followed by running across the backs of several bulls arranged in a straight and closely-knit herd pulled by the tail and horns by older men. The practice is known as Hamar.


5. Potency test in Uganda

In the Banyankole tribe, a minority tribe living in Uganda, marriage means quite a burden to the bride’s aunt.

When a couple wants to get married, the aunt has to have sex with the groom as a “potency test” and furthermore, she has to test the bride’s virginity.


6. Beating to earn a wife – Fulani

The Fulani tribes practise Sharo before getting married. Here the groom is beaten by the older members of the community so as to earn a wife and respect. If the man is not strong enough to bare the pain, the wedding is called off.

Other than flogging, the bride family can pick Koowgal, which is a dowry payment option or the Kabbal, an Islamic ceremony similar to marriage but in the absence of the bride and groom.

7. Lip stretching – Ethiopia and Sudan

The people of Surma tribe are found in southern Sudan as well as southwestern Ethiopia. During teenage years, females undergo the lip stretching procedure which involves removing their lower teeth to accommodate a lip plate; the lip plate is increased in size yearly until it is an astounding size.

Some of the men do this similar exercise with their ears. They also indoctrinate their warriors known as ‘stick fighters’ by inflicting scars on them, the belief is that the more scars they have, the more attractive they are to female members of the tribe.


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Palava in Yaba as customs and army invade okirika market.


A joint team of Customs and Army officers have been accused of allegedly breaking into shops at Popo Street in Yaba, Lagos to allegedly confiscate second-hand clothings popularly known as Okirika.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred on Sunday December 29 while most owners of the shops are away for the Christmas holiday.

Facebook user, Onyekachi Titus who shared the story wrote;

See wot is happing in my street right now at yaba Lagos popo street custom and army come to our street were dey are selling okirika dey break all d shop and parking store and parks d hole bell of okirika and move dem away dis morning been 29-12-2019

Joint team of Customs and Army officers allegedly break into shops in Yaba to allegedly confiscate okirika

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Customs seized foreign foods, vegetable oil, rice in Adamawa.

The Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that it seized foreign rice and some food commodities in its raid of a market in Adamawa State.

The Adamawa/Taraba command in the raid led by Comptroller of Customs in charge of the two states, Kamardin Olumoh, said that contraband goods worth millions of naira smuggled into the country were seized.

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Johnny drille say customs’ bill on his N70k order is too high.

Mavin’s act, Johnny Drille has narrated how Nigeria customs asked him to pay N120k for a N70k clothing he had ordered online for his shows this weekend.

The singer disclosed that he had to get another stylist for his show even though the clothes he had ordered arrived the country on December 2.

Johnny Drille added that in every situation people find themselves in Nigeria, there is always someone trying to profit from it.

Customs asked me to pay N120k for a N70k clothing I ordered online - Johnny Drille

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Contraband worth N33Million seized by customs service in Kano State. (Details)

The Kano/Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), displayed over N33million, seized contraband items, ranging from foreign rice, second-hand clothing, foreign vegetable oil, valued at N32,926,004.00k.

Speaking to Reporters on Thursday in Kano, at the command’s headquarter, the Customs Comptroller, Ahmed Nasir, said the banned items were intercepted at different times within the metropolis.

Nasir said the operations, following a tip-off, was carried out with the full support of the Armed forces at the volatile area of Kofar Wambai market at the heart of the city.

He confirmed that one suspected smuggler, who is the receiver was arrested, but granted administrative bail.

He said the seizures were made within three days of the operations, which include, “over 494 bales of banned second-hand clothes with Duty Paid Value of N19,124,222.00, 481 bags of foreign rice, with a cost of N10,946,754.

Other seized items include 19 bags of foreign rice of 100kg valued at N850,668,00, as well as 150 Jerry cans of foreign vegetable oil of 25 litres at cost of N2,004,450.00.

Ahmed explained that the second-hand clothes were brought from Aba, fully loaded in two trailers and were subsequently impounded at the market, while the foreign rice and vegetable oil were concealed in eight vehicles and intercepted at the borders of Jigawa and Katsina states

The customs boss, said the command would not relent in its fight in smashing the activities of unrepentant smugglers.

“We need to build the economy of the country, and all hands must be on deck, as customs alone cannot do it, but with the collective efforts and cooperation’s of Nigerians”.

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Jigawa/Kano: Customs seized contraband items worth N33million

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The Kano/Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Wednesday in Kano, displayed N33million seized contraband items, ranging from foreign rice, second hand clothing, foreign vegetable oil, valued at N32, 926,004.00k.

Speaking to Reporters at the command’s headquarter, the Customs Comptroller, Ahmed Nasir, said the banned items were intercepted at different times within the metropolis.

Nasir said the operations, following a tip off, was carried out with the full support of the Armed forces at the volatile area of Kofar Wambai market at the heart of the city.

He confirmed that one suspected smuggler, who is the receiver was arrested, but granted administrative bail.

He said the seizures were made within three days of the operations, which include,” over 494 bales of banned second hand clothes with Duty Paid Value of N19, 124,222.00, 481 bags of foreign rice, with a cost of N10,946,754.

Other seized items include, 19 bags of foreign rice of 100kg valued at N850, 668,000 as well as 150 Jerry cans of foreign vegetable oil of 25 litres at cost of N2,004,450.00.

Ahmed explained that the second hand clothes were brought from Aba, fully loaded in two trailers and were subsequently impounded at the market while the foreign rice and vegetable oil were concealed in eight vehicles and intercepted at the borders of Jigawa and Katsina states

The customs boss said the command would not relent in its fight in smashing the activities of unrepentant smugglers.

“We need to build the economy of the country, and all hands must be on deck, as customs alone cannot do it, but with the collective efforts and cooperation’s of Nigerians.”

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Hameed Ali – I will sack customs officers living more than their pays..

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) has vowed to sack any officer who cannot live within his or her remuneration and involve in illicit ways to acquire wealth.

Ali gave the warning while decorating some newly promoted officers of the service in Abuja on Friday, November 23rd. The service recently promoted 2,508 officers to various ranks and appointed three as members of its management.

The customs boss warned that no officer in the service should live above his or her earnings if they desire to remain in service. According to him, every officer could survive within the remuneration package of the service, if well managed.

“I will show the way out to any officer who thinks he can not survive with his remuneration but involve in illicit ways to acquire wealth. I know the service gives you enough that you can survive with, it is just a question of prudence.

“You can never have everything you that you desire to acquire. You must prioritise your needs and by the time you do that, you will meet your needs,” he advised.

Ali charged the newly promoted officers to be more committed and dedicated to their duties. He advised them to take their jobs seriously, be fair and firm in ther decisions and actions. Ali enjoined the promoted officers to uphold the change mantra in the service and be part of the reform being carried out.

David Chikan, Deputy Comptroller-General who spoke on behalf of the promoted officers thanked the management for their elevations. Chikan assured that they would justify the confidence reposed in them.

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Nigeria Have Been Subsidising Oil To Nearby Countries – Custom Comptroller, Hameed Ali Confirmed

The comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Hameed Ali who appeared before a house of representatives committee on budget-defence on Tuesday November 12, revealed that Nigeria has been subsidising fuel for neighbouring countries.

Hameed revealed this when asked why the Customs Service stopped the supply of fuel to border communities. According to him, the subsidized fuel is taken to neighbouring countries where it is sold at exorbitant amounts.

“They get approval to discharge the product legitimately in the day but at night, siphon it out. This has been going on for a long time,” he said.

“Now, we have restricted supply to 20km before the border. Let’s monitor the outflow. We want to know where the outflow is coming from.

“Petrol is sold at N395/litre but they buy from Nigeria at less than N145/litre.

“With this border closure, it has jumped to N600/litre. Meaning, we are the one subsidising petrol for neighbouring countries. So, marketers are making a kill. It’s attractive to take petrol out and sell there.”

The Nigeria Customs Service were however directed by the House Committee to lift the fuel supply ban on border communities as it has left Nigerians residing in such communities in a sad state.

Border Closure: Nigeria Customs Service Arrested 15 Border Trespassers.

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The Nigeria Customs Service says it has arrested a syndicate of 15 people who allegedly re-bag foreign rice as local rice for sale to unsuspecting consumers.

The Comptroller of Customs in Adamawa and Taraba States Command, Kamardeen Olumoh, disclosed this on Tuesday when he led Journalists to the scene of the crime at a warehouse in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

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According to him, the suspects were found with 900 bags of rice with duty paid value of N14.5 million.

Olumoh explained that operatives of the command busted the warehouse in conjunction with others from the Federal Operation Units and Strike Force, as part of efforts towards sustaining the fight against smuggling in the country.

He revealed that 15 people, including the manager and labourers at the warehouse, were rounded up by the security operatives while carrying out their nefarious act.

Thereafter, the comptroller proceeded with the reporters to the Customs Headquarters in Yola where it has seized a truckload of grains intercepted by operatives along the Mubi-Yola Road.

He said investigation revealed that the truck was also carrying foreign rice re-bagged as local rice concealed under bags of beans with a duty paid value of N10.3 million.

Three suspects were also arrested in the process and all the arrested suspects would be prosecuted, Olumoh added.

While the Nigerian Government has since closed its borders with neighbouring countries, the comptroller described the activities of smugglers as sabotage.

He, therefore, warned smugglers that Adamawa and Taraba States remain no go areas for them as the Command would soon embark on raiding markets in search of smuggled foreign rice.

Olumoh also appealed to market heads to caution their members against the sale of foreign rice as a way of supporting local farmers who have the capacity of feeding the nation.

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