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Customs Seize 620 Military Uniforms And 10, 100 Military T-Shirts at Onne port, Rivers State




Source: Tori News

Men of the Nigeria Customs Service have made a seizure of another container load of fake camouflage in Rivers state, barely three weeks after another one was intercepted in the state.

The Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, Zone C, Port Harcourt, Sanusi Umar, disclosed this in a statement in statement in the state on Thursday.

Umar said about 620 sets of military uniforms and 10,100 military T-shirts were seized this time around by operatives of the Customs Area II Command Onne, in Eleme Local Government Area.

He said the prime suspect in the importation has been arrested and presently being interrogated.

He said: “We have gathered here today to once more brief you on the ongoing investigation on container number MRSU 3040298 containing military Camouflage Uniforms and Gears.

“After profiling the importer’s transactions, I am happy to inform you that we have arrested another container MRKU 4909151, (1×40ft) belonging to the same Company, Ehiogocho Nigerian Limited with Mr. Ongwatabo Jerry as the prime suspect.

“On examination, it was found to contain, 620 set of complete sewn military camouflage uniforms and caps, 10,100 pieces of inner Military T-shirts, 512 pairs of military jungle boots.

“The Mr. Ongwatabo Jerry is the sole importer that opens the Form M for the importation of these two containers. Let me inform Nigerians that importation of military wears by any individual or company is prohibited by Nigerian Law under the Customs and Excise Management Acts (CEMA).”

Meanwhile, the outgoing Comptroller of Area II, Abubakar Bashir commended the efforts of the officer and men on the command on the achievements recorded during his stay in the state.

He said “My stay here has been wonderful and relationship has been cordial in Rivers State. So, far, I gave myself six months and within the period we did a lot. We organized Oil and Gas Free zone stakeholder Forum and it has brought a few changes in the command.

“We have achieved enforcement on non-compliance. My challenges are enormous, the officers and operators have high handedness in handling and level of complains to instruction has been very difficult.

“This is why our seizures are low in recent times. Revenue generated within the period was so tremendous. The level of importation has reduced maybe because of the election.

Speaking, the incoming Comptroller, Saidu Galadima, has warned officers and men of the command against any act that would sabotage the war against anti-smuggling activities, adding that anyone caught would be published.

He said: “My major challenge is to measure up on the achievements of my predecessor. I will want to improve on what he has achieved.

“We will not have room to non-complaint traders; this will serve as deterrent to others to ensure that we achieve our mandate.”


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Again insurgents cut off, Maiduguri from power supply, as residents appeals to FG to end decade long war against Boko Haram



Again, insurgents cut off, Maiduguri from power supply, as residents appealed to FG to end decade long war against Boko Haram

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Barely 54 hours after the restoration of power supply back to Maiduguri the Borno state capital and its environs, Boko Haram insurgents have again planted Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and damaged the transmission line of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) , and thrown the city into total darkness.

The electricity which was restored back on Wednesday, March 24 after about two months of blackout was again cut off as the insurgents again planted an IEDs that blown off the line resulting into second wave of the blackout in the early hours of yesterday.

It could be recalled that the Boko Haram insurgents planted IED and blown off the electricity on 26th of January, 2021 that thrown the city into total darkness but was restored on Wednesday 24th March, 2021 where it was again attacked by the insurgents on Saturday, 27th March,2021 barely less than 70 hours after the restoration.

Also Saturday, Feb. 27, five electricity workers were injured when a vehicle carrying them stepped on an IED planted by the insurgents and burnt down the cables meant for the restoration of the power.

Speaking on the vandalization, a Maiduguri resident, Alh Buba Ibrahim called on the Federal government and the military in particular to carry out clearing operations along the general Areas to get rid of the criminals, as their hide out are all know, stressing that the federal government should live up to its expectations and do the needful to end the over decade long insurgency, saying that *enough is enough”

Another Resident, Abdullahi.Ali.called on the Borno state government to connect the state capital with REB power supply pending the end of the insurgency, as even if the light is restored again they may vandalize it since it is very difficult to manned the electricity towers.

  • I also call on President Buhari and the APC to end this insurgency, kidnappings, banditry among other crimes before 2023 if not what consumed PDP will consume the APC as security is a primary responsibility of any government”, he added. .,

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General Attahiru Tours Operation Lafiya Dole On Operational Visit To Enhance Fight Against Boko Haram



General Attahiru tours Operation Lafiya Dole on Operational visit to enhance fight against Boko Haram

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In order to boost the moral of the troops and enhance operation against Boko Haram, the Chief of Army (COAS), Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru has embarked on an one week Operational visit to Operation Lafiya Dole in the Northeast.

Addressing journalists shortly after he had a closed door meeting with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Major General Abdul Ibrahim and principal officers of the Division at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, General Attahiru said ” i am here on one week operational visit to the theater to enhance and boost the moral of our troops in the ongoing counter insurgency in the Northeast “

“The essence of this visit is to enhance, operations, boost the moral and motivate men and officers for better result for the total clampdown

of Boko Haram insurgents”, the COAS added.

General Ibrahim while inspecting some weapon reccovered from Boko Haram fighters said ” you can see some of the weapons we recovered from the insurgents, by the grace of God very soon we will end insurgency in the Northeast”.

It could be recalled that the COAS who was also in sector, Damaturu, the visit was less than 24 hours after their operational visit to the theater Operation Lafiya Dole alongside the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor and other service chiefs on Saturday.

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We Will Address Your Challenges – COAS Tell Troops



We will address your challenges – COAS Tell Troops

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has reiterated his commitment to address the challenges faced by the troops in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

The Army Chief made the disclosure Sunday in Damaturu while addressing troops at the headquarters of Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole .

According to him the purpose of his visit was to familiarise with the troops, adding that “The essence is to meet the soldiers to get to know us and we get to know them as well.

He said “We hear their challenges at the course of conducting their operations, we try our level best to ensure we solve these problems and ensure morale is at the highest level as we go to confront Boko Haram and the entire insurgency, in the final end to bring the insurgency to an end.

“I bring you a very special greetings from the President Commander in Chief, he is fully briefed and aware of how and well you are doing.

“I personally as your Chief of army staff, I am here to take cognizance and note of the challenges you have and ensure they are addressed, to ensure you have the highest level of morale to be able to do your job and do it proudly as Nigerian soldiers.

“I am very pleased your commanders have told me what you have done collectively as part of “operation tura takai bango” how you have pushed the Boko Haram insurgents we are so proud of you”

“And I believe in the second phase of that operation you will do more. So ensure you go out there and push them so hard and bring this entire insurgency to an end, all your challenges I’ve catalogued I will address all the problems”

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