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Buhari appoints new heads for NCS, NSCDC.

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Audi replaces Abdullahi Muhammadu as NSCDC boss while Nababa replaces Ahmed Ja’afaru as NCS boss.

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed new heads for the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Interior minister Rauf Aregbesola announced the appointments in Abuja on Thursday.

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Buhari appointed Ahmed Abubakar Audi as the new NSCDC commandant-general and nominated Haliru Nababa as the new controller-general of NCS.

Audi replaces Abdullahi Muhammadu as NSCDC boss while Nababa replaces Ahmed Ja’afaru as NCS boss.

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NCS boss, Ali speak on why border closure is essential to Nigeria.

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Ali explained that the closure of borders was not meant to be permanent but that it was carried out to send a strong message to neighbouring countries.

The Federal Government implemented the border closure policy to send a message to Nigeria’s neighbouring countries.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hameed Ali, made the disclosure in Abuja on Sunday.

He was speaking at a special interview session at the headquarters of NoRM‘s known Media.

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Ali explained that the closure of borders was not meant to be permanent but that it was carried out to send a strong message to neighbouring countries.

He said that in the past, neighbouring countries did not honour or adhere to protocols and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed on border management.

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“We just set up a joint border patrol. It is an offshoot of the joint border drill, which was the operation we launched to close our borders.

Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali – Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

“The intention was not to close our borders perpetually. It was to send a message to our meighbours that they cannot continue to go against the protocols that are established and acceded to.

“When we abide by certain protocols on movement of goods across our borders, we discovered that those rules are no longer adhered to by our neighbours.

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“We made multiple advances. We have reached across, we have signed papers in terms of MoU but none of them worked.

“So we are left with no option than to close our borders and send a message.

“We developed joint border drill to effectively close the borders and manned it and we now had to look at it that we cannot continue to close our borders so what do we do?

“We reopened it and we are now working with our neighbours — our counterparts in Niger Republic and Benin Republic.

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“We have to come up with a concept that now gives us the chance to monitor and manage our borders without closing the exits and entrances, so that is how we came up with joint border patrol.”

Ali said that every country involved in the arrangement established its own but that there had been synergy so far among the operators of the joint border patrol.

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According to him, officers and men involved in the patrol often share information with one another for effective management of borders.

“If there are movements of illicit persons or goods, they communicate from that end to our end, so also do we do. We share intelligence and information.

“We have also exchanged the list of prohibited items, like those Benin Republic does not want in its country. We make sure we block them here before they cross.

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“Also from the other side, there are things we don’t want to see in Nigeria. For instance, poultry products are still prohibited to be imported into the country.

“We are working with coordinators of the joint border patrol. We have created that synergy. The agreement is that on monthly basis, we will continue to get reports on how things are unfolding.

“On daily basis, there will be interaction between them and it is our hope that this will help in reducing the influx of illicit items in or out of Nigeria.

“We have established that and it has started working and we hope that will be the magic in terms of managing our borders.”

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The customs boss expressed his optimism that by the time e-customs is unveiled, the NCS will deploy necessary technology to verify goods coming into or going out of Nigeria.

He noted that the technology would also help the NCS to tackle the menace of smuggling.

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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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Singer, Adekunle Gold call out NCS over high service

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Popular singer, Adekunle Gold has called out the Nigerian Customs over the continuous increase in customs duty despite Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Adekunle accused Customs of crippling businesses in Nigeria by the act.

According to him, the government is making things difficult for those doing legitimate business in Nigeria with the increased levy.

On his Twitter page, the father of one wrote:

“People are trying their hardest to do legitimate business in the country. Customs Duty is there doing a lot of madness and crippling businesses.

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“Lord, make it make sense. Because I’m really tired.”

His comment came after Nollywood Actress, Uche Elendu called out the Nigerian Government to address the issue of exhorbitant customs duty fee which business owner are being charged.

According to her, the Nigeria customs is making things difficult for entrepreneurs in the country.

In a post shared on her Instagram page, Uche Elendu added that the exorbitant fees is not encouraging entrepreneurs doing legitimate ventures.


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Nigeria: Kaduna NCS finally admit death of inmate during suspected COVID-19 case riot.


The Kaduna State command of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) has finally admitted that some of its inmates died during a riot over a suspected case of Coronavirus in the facility.

NobleReporters learnt that the riot ensued after the inmates demanded to be released following claims of an awaiting trial inmate infecting two other inmates with Coronavirus.


Controller of the Kaduna Command of the Correctional Centre, Sanusi Muazu Danmusa however debunked claims of an inmate of the facility being infected with Coronavirus at that time. He described the uprising as a “mere misunderstanding” and further stated that there was no casulty in the commotion at the correctional facility.

However after a civil society organisation, Lygel Youths and Leadership Initiative challenged the authorities to release the details of the dead victims while insisting that they were still being economical with the truth, the authorities at both the centre in Kaduna and the service’s headquarters in Abuja made a U-turn and stated that only two of its officers were injured and that no fatality was recorded.


After being confronted with the details of inmates reportedly killed by security operatives on Friday April 3, spokesperson of the NCS, Austin Njoku started asking for the source of the report. As at Friday, he told Premium Times that 16 personnel of the service had suffered various degrees of injuries and no death was recorded. He also said the incident was still being investigated by a committe and a report was yet to be submitted.

On Saturday April 4, the NCS made another U-turn and also admitted that 4 inmates of the facility died in the riot.


The Kaduna State command controller of corrections, Sanusi Danmusa said in the statement;

“This release is necessary to assure the public that the COMMAND and indeed the Service are not trying to hide any fact as purported by a section of the press, especially when life is involved. Four inmates later died in the hospital from the injuries sustained in the melee that ensued while being restrained by the custodial officers from breaking jail. For the avoidance of doubt, all the deceased inmates were from the condemned section of the Custodial Centre where the jail-break occurred.


“A comprehensive investigation has commenced on the directive of the controller general of the Nigeria correctional service, Alhaji Jafaru Ahmed.”

The executive director of LYLI, Lekan Oladapo, has however insisted that the correctional centre has not told the whole truth.

He said;

“The authorities need to controvert the claim that the other dead inmates were awaiting trial. The statement it issued is simply an afterthought and an attempt to save face and without any substance.

“Why did it take them that long to reveal that inmates died? Why were they quick to claim their people suffered injury? It is all against logic.”


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