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Smugglers bringing in expired rice, says Customs

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The Customs Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, Comptroller Mamudu Haruna, said on Tuesday said that most rice smuggled through Idiroko, Seme, Jibia and other border stations had expired.

Haruna, who disclosed this in Lagos, said the public should be very careful in patronising the smuggled commodity.

The controller said that those eating such smuggled rice were damaging their systems.

He said some of the expired rice had been impounded by officers and men of the service and kept in the warehouses.

The importation of rice through the border stations was banned in April 2017.

Haruna said smuggling of rice had become so rampant that youths risked their lives on motorcycles carrying five to six bags each.

He said that other devices used included transporting between 35 to 50 bags in smaller trucks.

Haruna said there was no way one could get a good rice consignment with the appropriate price from the smugglers, except the ones brought through the seaports.

The comptroller said, “for plastic rice, I am yet to come across plastic rice.”
To curb smuggling, he said that the service had intensified operations at various bonded terminals and warehouses to ensure compliance with the extant laws.

He said, “To this end, about six warehouses in Lagos that have contravened the laws are under customs seal and pending thorough investigation.”
The controller said that one of the sealed warehouses contained 23,000 bags of rice and 44,000 empty bags for re-bagging.

He also showed a detained cement company’s vehicle, (name withheld) containing both cement and rice but for smuggling rice.

Haruna said that between October and November, the unit intercepted various contraband with a Duty Paid Value of N325.53m.

He said the unit also recovered N286.62m from duty payments and demand notices on vehicles and other general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airports and border stations.

He said, “In the guise of false declaration, transfer of value and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government.

“Making a cumulative of N611.67m in the months of October and November 2016.”
According to the controller, in the months under review, 210 different seizures were recorded comprising vegetable oil, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp and various general merchandise.

Haruna said that 77 suspects were apprehended, out of which 17 suspects had already been charged to court for prosecution and four suspects had been convicted but on Appeal at the Appeal Court, Lagos.

He said that other suspects, mostly drivers, not culpable had been released on bail.

The controller said that 1,300 parcels of Indian hemp with three suspects had also been handed over to the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency, Lagos State Command for prosecution to serve as deterrent to other drug barons.

(NAN)

Source: Punch

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Eniola Badmus fires back at troll who body-shamed her

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Popular comic actress, Eniola Badmus has fired back at a troll who tried to make mockery of her body for wearing bikini.

The troll asked the actress why everything about her has fallen.

“Why everything come fall for up?,” the troll commented on the actress’s photo on LIB’s Instagram page with crying emoji.

And she replied: “Just the way your mama own fall”

The actress also complimented her own photo, writing that “looking good is a good business.”

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We Need N81 Million To Cut Grass In Abuja Stadium: Nigerian Minister

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has revealed that it will cost the ministry N81m to cut the grass and clear the weed that have taken over the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

He stated this recently while speaking during the one-day seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter.

According to him, the ministry approached the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for assessment in the stadium, which was built in 2003 with N53 billion on a 29 hectares (72 acres) of land.

The stadium is divided into Package A which houses the Main Bowl and Package B which houses other facilities like basketball courts, NFF office, volleyball courts, tennis courts, squash courts.

“We approached AEPB to come see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and they told us it will cost us N81m.

“If we tell Nigerians we used N81m which is not even available, there will be an outcry. The funds are not really there for us and that is why we are partnering with private investors to bring back the key components of our infrastructures,” he said.

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It’s smart if a man refuses to date a jobless woman in Nigeria — Leo DaSilva

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Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Leo Da Silva recently got internet users debating afte he waded into a conversation centered on men refusing to date women who are not financially stable.

A lady who disclosed that she’s a student, had tweeted;

I’ve seen tweets from guys saying they can’t date a girl that’s not financially stable. I’m a student. But never, like never have I felt attacked by such tweets. What’s actually up with some guys on Twitter? What I want must not make sense to you. It’s choice boo

Reacting to this, Leo stated that it’s a smart choice for young men to refuse to date jobless women. He added that guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs.

He tweeted in response;

Guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs. Dating someone that’s not working or doesn’t have adequate allowance is a burden. Nigeria, the poverty capital of the world, if a young man trying to come up refuses that burden, I think it’s a smart choice.

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