Customs Orders Removal Of Illegal Checkpoints Across Nigeria
The Nigerian Customs Service has begun the implementation of the
directive issued by the Federal Government, directing the dismantling of
all illegal check points by its operatives across the country.
A circular from the office of the Deputy Comptroller General on
Enforcement and Investigations, addressed to all Ag. DCGs, ACGs, Zonal
Coordinators, CACs, Comptrollers FOUs, GIU, CGCs compliance Team and
Marine Command, and dated 25th July 2017 stated that the directive was
in reference to the memo by the Presidential Enabling Business
Environment Council of 18th July 2017 recommending the action.
The letter which was signed by the DCG himself, A. Dangaladima, said
only two checkpoints, namely the ones situated at Agbara and Gbaji along
Lagos-Badagry -Seme road were ‘statutorily approved.’
Senate Passes NFIA Bill Which Limits EFCC’s Powers
The Senate has passed the bill to establish to the Nigerian Financial
Intelligence Agency thus implementing the first step in pulling the
country’s financial intelligence unit out of the control of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The bill was passed after it was read for the third time today, just the
fourth legislative day since it was first initiated last Thursday.
The bill was earlier referred to the committee on anti-corruption on
Tuesday. However, without the usual public hearing, organised to
consider opinions of concerned parties on any public related subject,
the report of the committee was presented on Wednesday and the bill
passed on Thursday, Premium Times reports.
Boko Haram: Troops Can’t Do Well In Rainy Season – Minister
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Thursday regretted that the nation’s troops fighting the Boko Haram sect cannot dominate the environment in rainy season like they were doing during dry season.
Notwithstanding the challenge, Dan-Ali said efforts were ongoing to stop the ambushes being experienced regularly.
The minister spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting the
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had with security chiefs at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said it was also resolved at the meeting that the government should
procure more surveillance devices that will be able to see potential
attackers from far distance.
Dan-Ali said, “We just finished a meeting with the Acting President and
the three Service Chiefs. We agreed that they should move back to the
Command Centre again and see what are the things happening there.
“We have also agreed that we should get more surveillance devices,
cameras that will be able to see distant attackers coming to the
position of our troops.
“Also, the period of the raining season is a difficult moment for us. We
cannot dominate the environment like what we did during the dry season
but effort is geared towards regaining back our areas.
“We assure Nigerians that all these ambushes that are happening regularly would be stopped.”
Governor Ortom Denies Importing Snakes, Frogs Into Nigeria
The Benue State government has denied the reports alleging that the
consignments containing snakes intercepted by the Nigeria Customs in
Calabar belongs to Governor Samuel Ortom.
It described it as another desperate smear campaign by members of the opposition.
Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase Mr Akase said the
report published on social media by some opposition elements had once
more brought to the fore the sponsored publications to attack the person
of the Governor in order to distract him from continued delivery of
good governance to the people of the state.
According to him, the original report on the interception of the consignments did not name the owner of the containers.
report on the intercepted consignments in Calabar which was skewed and
published on facebook by opposition members in Benue State is proof that
most of these young men who call themselves opposition on social media
are bereft of any idea to help develop their state.
cacophony of ridiculous lies they posted claiming that Governor Ortom is
the owner of the intercepted consignments is not only false; it is also
shameful”, the CPS stated.
Mr Akase said Governor Ortom “has led
a revolution in agriculture with numerous initiatives to make the state
live the true meaning of its status as the food basket of the nation
since he assumed the leadership of Benue State but snake farming is not
part of the agriculture programme of the state.”
The Chief Press
Secretary stressed that even in his private capacity, Governor Ortom
does not own a snake farm and will never encourage anyone to go into the