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Customs intercept 3,154 smuggled bags of rice in Ogun

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun 1 Area Command, on Tuesday, said that it has impounded two trucks belonging to the Dangote group of companies loaded with 303 smuggled bags of rice in different parts of the state.

The command added that it intercepted 3154 bags of foreign rice, declaring that it generated over N13 million from import duty and auction sales of petroleum products within August.

The Controller of NCS in the state, Bamidele Makinde, said this at a press briefing held in the Idi-Iroko area of the State.

Makinde said the cumulative Duty Paid Value for all the seizures made in August amounted to over N300 million.

He said, “A truck with Lagos State registration no. EKY 971 YE belonging to the Dangote group of companies, loaded with 75 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each concealed with 900 bags of Dangote cement, was intercepted along Ibeshe, Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State, on Sunday, 21st August, 2022.

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“Another Dangote truck with Kano State registration no. BCG 531 XA loaded with 288 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice 50 kg each concealed with some bags of Dangote cement along Lafenwa, Abeokuta axis, Ogun State, on 23rd August 2022.

“Other items seized include 15 pieces of used compressor; 8 units of used vehicle; 6 units of the motorcycle; 153 bails and 68 sacks of used cloths; 79 sacks of used shoes; 111 cartons and 220 pieces of foreign wines; 301 pieces of used tyres, 18,100 litres of PMS; 310 cartons of frozen poultry products and 16 sacks of used bags.”

He said, “During the period of review, the Command generated a total sum of thirteen million eight hundred and Forty-eight thousand, three hundred and seventy naira, zero kobos (N13,848,370.00) only from imported duty and auction sales of petroleum products intercepted during anti-smuggling operations.

“The cumulative duty paid value for all the seizures amounted to N311,924,551.92.”

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Makinde implored Nigerians to cooperate with the NCS by dealing in legal businesses.

The Comptroller assured legitimate business communities of the command’s maximum operation for trade facilitation.

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Terrorists kill 15 worshippers in Zamfara mosque attack

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Suspected terrorists reportedly killed no fewer than 15 worshippers at a mosque in Ruwan Jema town in Bukkuyun LGA of Zamfara State.

According to Zagazola Makama, a publication focused on the Lake Chad region, the bandits attacked the mosque during the Jumat prayers on Friday.

The terrorists were said to have opened fire on the worshipers after invading the town on motorcycles.

Many worshippers were said to have sustained injuries during the attack on the mosque.

The incident happened amid military bombardments of terrorists’ hideouts in Zamfara and other parts of northern Nigeria.

“The terrorists, who rode on motorcycles, invaded the mosque and opened fire on worshippers, leading to the death of 15 persons on the spot, while many other victims sustained various degrees of injuries,” the publication quoted a source as saying.

Mohammed Shehu, Zamfara police spokesperson, did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment on the attack.

This is not the first time insurgents will launch attacks on worshippers during prayers in mosques in Zamfara.

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On September 2, gunmen invaded a mosque in Zugu community in Bukkuyum LGA of the state, abducting many worshippers.

The gunmen were said to have disguised themselves as worshippers.

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84-year-old man rapes 8-yr-old child in Ogun

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Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested one 84-year-old Stephen Jack for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old girl (name withheld).

The state Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abeokuta.

Oyeyemi said the octogenarian who resides at Okun Owa area of Ijebu Ode was arrested following a report lodged at Obalende divisional headquarters.

He said the girl’s father had told the police he discovered that his daughter was bleeding from her private part.

According to Oyeyemi, the father said when he asked the little girl why she was bleeding, she informed him that the suspect had sex with her.

Oyeyemi said the DPO Obalende division, Murphy Salami, immediately detailed his detectives to the scene, where the “randy old man” was apprehended.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the old man is a known pedophile in the area,” he said.

Oyeyemi said the victim had been taken to the General Hospital Ijebu Ode for medical treatment.

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He quoted the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, to have directed the transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation Departments for more investigation and possible prosecution.

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Troops kill 38 ISWAP, seven Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest, says DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that no fewer than 38 Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists were killed in the past two weeks in major onslaught against terrorists by troops in the dreaded Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

The DHQ said that troops in the various theatre of operations conducted several kinetic and non-kinetic operations with significant results recorded.

Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, while briefing Defence Correspondents, yesterday, on the successes recorded, said that troops of Operation Hadin Kai had sustained aggressive operations to deny terrorists further freedom of action.

He said: “In furtherance to this, troops conducted fighting patrols, ambushes and clearance operations at communities, villages and towns in Kukawa, Monguno, Kaga, Dikwa, Biu, Damboa, Gwoza, Mafa, Konguda, Bama and Guzamala local councils, all in Borno State.

“Of significant was the neutralisation of two key Boko Haram Terrorists/ISWAP commanders on September 12 and 15, 2022, identified as Abu Asiya and Abu Ubaida (A Qaid), at Parisu and Sheruri general area in Sambisa Forest respectively.

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“Consequently, within the period in review, troops neutralised 36 terrorists, rescued 130 civilians and arrested 46 suspected Boko Haram terrorists as well as 12 suspected Boko Haram terrorists/ISWAP logistic suppliers.

Furthermore, 21 AK-47 rifles, 163 rounds of 7.62mm special, two RPG bombs, 25 dane-guns, four unexplosive ordinance store, two bandoliers, 10 solar panels, 23 bicycles, 10 motorcycles, one tricycle, 19 cell phones, 28 torch-lights, bags of assorted grains, 122 rustled sheep and N203,125 were recovered, among other items.”

Also, troops have killed seven Boko Haram terrorists in Kayamla Village of Konduga Local Council of Borno State.

The insurgents were neutralised on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, in an ambush of 73 battalion in collaboration with civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kayamla.

A counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, who confirmed the incident, yesterday, in Maiduguri, said that the marauding terrorists were massively escaping from the sustained military onslaughts of terrorists’ hideouts.

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He said that the terrorists usually come to the areas to terrorise farmers and kidnap them for ransom.

He added that the troops had intensified their offensives against the terrorists, including their collaborators and logistic suppliers.

Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai has also charged the troops to be responsible and professionals in defending the territorial integrity of the nation.

He commanded the soldiers to kill every terrorist in the North-East region with no mercy.

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