JBPT Sector 3 seizes 187 contraband worth N302.5m, recovers 3 stolen vehicles

JBPT Sector 3 seizes 187 contraband worth N302.5m, recovers 3 stolen vehicles

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

The Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT), Sector 3, of the Nigeria Customs Service has made a seizure of 187 different prohibited goods with a duty paid value of N302.5m.

The JBPT Coordinator, Acting ACG Olugbenga Peters, disclosed this at a press briefing on Monday in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, while giving the 2022 scorecard of his team.

ACG Peters added that, during the period under review, the JBPT Sector 3 intercepted three stolen vehicles. The vehicles are Lexus RX 350 without number plate seized around Benue axis, Toyota Yaris with Registration Number BEN-59-EZ apprehended around Lokoja Axis of the Sector and Toyota land cruiser jeep intercepted at Suleja axis.

The seized goods, according to him, include 2,052 bags of foreign Parboiled Rice of 50 kg each,
4,598 litres of PMS (Petrol),
40 drums of 800 litres of Diesel,
28 units of used Vehicles,
16 units of Motorcycles and
11 kegs of Vegetable oil of25 litres each.

Others are 102 bales of secondhand clothing, 19 sacks of 2,166 pairs of used shoes, 427 wraps of cannabis sativa, four
packets of tramadol (200 pieces each) of 120mg, 90 pieces of used tyres and 39 cartons of tomato paste.

He said: “JBPT Sector 3 at different times seized 109, 350 litres of PMS in Jerri cans which are equivalent to over three tanker loads at 33,000 litres of petroleum par tanker.

“I want to use this opportunity to warn the daredevil smugglers who still have intention to smuggle illicit, controlled and prohibited goods or engage in human trafficking and other criminal activities to think twice. There will be no hiding place for them as the new patrol strategies adopted by the Sector in line with the Presidential directive against illegal perpetrators who are bent on derailing the Nation’s economy will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“Our resolve will not be dampened by unwarranted attacks on our officers and men from carrying out our statutory duties. We will continue to carry out the anti-smuggling crusade in spite of the unwarranted attacks. The Sector wants to advise parents/guardians to warn their wards to desist from obstructing our operatives from performing their legitimate duties as the Sector will not hesitate to use appropriate force in line with rules of engagement and will leave our Officers with no other alternative than to defend themselves in the interest of the nation.”

The Coordinator also disclosed the interception of a Toyota land cruiser Jeep with registration number KUJ 570 MB belonging to a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chidi Nwoka, reportedly snatched at gunpoint in Abuja.

He said: “The operatives requested for the vehicle Customs documents from the occupants heading to Kaduna from Abuja. The operatives requested for the vehicle Customs documents from the occupants. The two occupants who could not produce any document disembarked from the vehicle, pretending to be making a call to the owner and suddenly took to their heels and ran into the bush and abandoned the vehicle. This raised the suspicion of our operatives.

“The operatives found a complimentary card bearing details of a National Assembly Member. The said Honorable member was subsequently contacted and officers were confronted with shocking news that the vehicle in question was snatched few hours earlier from his driver at gun point around Gwarimpa axis of Abuja.

“Once the customs duty of the said vehicle is produced by the owner and confirmed to be genuine, the Sector will hand over the vehicle to Nigeria Police Force for further investigations and theft clarification”


Court orders 2 businessmen to appear for arraignment unfailingly June 27

An FCT High Court on Tuesday ordered that two businessmen appear unfailing on June 27 for arraignment.
The Attorney-General’s Office filed a seven-count charge of bordering on issuance of dud cheque and cheating against Ishola Sunday and Emmanuel Olamijulo,

Also charged alongside Sunday and Olamijulo is Ronke, the first suspect’s wife.
The prosecution counsel, John Okpa told the court that the suspects had been served with the charge and applied for an arrest warrant to be issued against them.

Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya in exercising her discretion, adjourned the matter until June 27 for arraignment and ordered Ronke to inform her husband to appear in court.
” Failure for the two suspects to appear on the said date would result in me issuing a bench warrant against them, ” Ogbonnaya said.

Ronke had earlier told the court that her husband, was not served and travelled to the village for a burial.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the police alleged that Ronke issued a N500, 000 Fidelity bank dud cheque from her company, Ronak Communication in favour of LAPO Microfinance Bank, Kubwa, on Sept.6.

The prosecution counsel alleged that the cheque was dishonoured at the bank upon presentation adding that Ishola refused to pay a N3, 237,615 loan received from the Microfinance bank.

He said the suspects were arrested following a tip-off by the Nigerian Police.
He said Ronke’s husband and Olamijulo also issued dud cheques of N500,000 to the Microfinance bank.
The offence, he said, contravenes the provisions Section 311 and punishable under Section 312, 322 and 136 of the Penal Code and 1(1)(b)(i) of the Dishonoured Cheques Offence.

EFCC arraigns 3 AIICO Capital personnel for alleged N1.4bn fraud

 Three staff members of AIICO Capital Ltd were on Thursday arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly defrauding their employer, an investment company, of N1.4 billion.
Our correspondent reports that the staff members: Harriet Onome, Olajumoke Akano and Olabode Ogunlere, were charged with four counts of conspiracy and stealing.
They however denied the charges.
According to the EFCC prosecutor, Miss Chinenye Okezie, the defendants had sometime in 2020 in Lagos committed the offences alongside one Olanrewaju Fabunmi who is now at large.
“Onome sometime between November and December 2020 converted to her own use the aggregate sum of N419.9 million.
“Akano, within the same period, dishonestly converted to her own use the aggregate sum of N167 million.
“Between October and November 2020, Ogunlere fraudulently converted the aggregate sum of N65 million to his personal use.
“The said sums are property of AIICO Capital Ltd,” she said.
According to the anti-graft agency, the offences contravene Sections 287(8) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Following their arraignment, Mr Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), Onome’s defence counsel, and Mr Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), counsel for Akano and Ogunlere, applied for the defendants’ bail to be granted in liberal terms.
Okezie, however, opposed the bail applications.
According to her, Onome is a flight risk who has a two-year valid visa to the United Kingdom.
“If the court should consider granting the defendants bail it should be on stiff conditions that will ensure the defendants attendance in court,” she said.
Responding, Oyetibo told the court that Onome was not a flight risk because her international passport was with the EFCC and had applied that her international passport be deposited with the registrar of the court.
Olumide-Fusika in his submission said that Akano is a nursing mother and had never jumped the bail which was granted to her by the EFCC when she was being investigated.
He also noted that although Ogunlere was initially detained by the EFCC for five-days over the alleged fraud, he always honoured the anti-graft agency’s invitation after he was granted bail.
Delivering a ruling on the bail applications, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo granted each of the defendants N50million bail with two sureties in like sum.
“One of the sureties must be a land owner and the Registrar of Titles shall verify the location of the land.
“The other surety shall be a close relative who must be resident in Lagos. The identities of the sureties must be verified by the court,” she said.
The court adjourned the case until Oct. 12, for trial. 

Suspected motorcycle thief in NSCDC net in Kwara

By Steve Oni, Ilorin

A middle aged man, Saliu Raofeek, declared wanted by the Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) over alleged motorcycle theft, has been nabbed at a supermarket in llorin, the state capital.

NSCDC spokesman in Kwara State Babawale Zaid Afolabi confirmed the arrest in a statement made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Wednesday.

The statement reads: “It will be recalled that the middle aged man was accused of stealing a motorbike sometimes in May 2021, but he evaded arrest and disappeared into thin air with the stolen bike.

“All efforts to apprehend him since then has proved abortive until he was picked up at a supermarket along Taiwo road in llorin.

“Around 1113 hours on Tuesday, two operatives of the NSCDC from Akerebiata Division, who were on a surveillance around Taiwo road in ilorin sighted a suspect who has been on a wanted list for a while.

“The suspect was accused of stealing of motorcycle and has since been on the run.

“The suspected thief has since been taken to the Kwara State Command of the NSCDC, while he will be charged to court after the completion of further investigations.”

Kwara: Woman, 30 nabbed, arraigned for alleged theft by NSCDC

By Steve Oni, Ilorin

Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara State Command have arrested a 30-year-old woman, Ganiyat AbdulRaheem, for allegedly stealing a bundle of cloths valued at N500,000.

According to the Command’s spokesman, Babawale Zaid Afolabi, the suspect committed the crime on 15th July, 2021 at Ago market, llorin, adding that she was caught in the act.

He said: “A case of theft was reported at our station office on Monday, 18/07/2021 at about 1725hrs and the case was later transfered to intelligence and investigation unit for further action.

“Fortunately, the suspected thief was caught in the act and handed over to the NSCDC patrol team of Operation Harmony by the complainant. The suspect’s accomplice, a tricycle operator, Abdulahi Soliu, has also been arrested.”

Afolabi further stated that both the suspect and her accomplice are currently being interrogated at NSCDC Kwara State Command, adding that Ganiyat has been charged to court upon completion of the investigation.

Nnamdi Kanu: Igbo Group Presses For Mass Murder Charges

As reactions continue to trail the rearrest of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Igbo Peace Forum (IPF) has commended security agencies for their dexterity in recent security operations in the country.

Consequently, the group held a solidarity rally in Abuja to register their support for President Muhammadu Buhari, security agencies and urged the government to press charges of mass murder against the leadership of IPOB.

Addressing press men during a solidarity rally, Comrade Emeka Daniel Okpara, (IPF) National Coordinator said Igbo citizens, were concerned that certain individuals had taken up arms against constituted authority leading to loss of lives and property of several innocent citizens.

“We all remember how one individual could order from abroad attacks on government formations, killing hundreds of innocent people. IPOB caused the death of hundreds of people in the south east region”, the group alledged.

It further maintained that the only way government could console Nigerians was to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“Now, with the arrest of Kanu, appropriate charges of mass murder should be pressed immediately. It is the prosecution of this criminals that would give credence to our sovereignty and restore confidence in the masses. The activities of IPOB were giving innocent Ibgos a bad name and endangering their livelihood in other parts of the nation”.

The group said the department of state security service has by this successes, lived to their constitutional role of defending the nation and urged that all those arrested should be made to face the full rath of the law.

Scavenger bags 3 months imprisonment for stealing aluminium window

A Zuba Upper Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced a scavenger, Masaud Mohammed, to three months imprisonment for stealing an aluminium window.

Mohammed, 25, who resides in Dutse Alhaji, Abuja, pleaded guilty to theft and begged the court for leniency.

The Judge, Gambo Garba, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N10,000 and charged him to desist from crimes.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Chinedu Ogada, told the court that Elijah Adown of Zone 6 Dutse Alhaji reported the case on June 6 at the Dutse Alhaji Police Station, Abuja,

Ogada said that sometime in April, the convict and two others now at large, went to the complainant’s shop and stole his aluminium materials worth N490,500.

He added that on June 6 the convict also dishonestly trespassed into the complainant’s shop again and made away with an aluminium window worth N10,000.

The prosecutor told the court that the complainant caught the convict in the act and handed him over to the police for investigation.

Ogada said that during a police investigation,   the convict made a confessional statement, admitting to the crime.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 92, 346 and 288 of the Penal Code.

Labourer gets 12 months imprisonment for stealing bags of clothes, shoes

An Abuja Upper Area Court in Zuba, on Tuesday sentenced a 21-year-old labourer, Okolowa Segun to 12 months imprisonment for stealing bags of clothes and shoes.

Segun who resides at 3rdAvanuel Gwarimpa, Abuja,was charged with, criminal trespass, house breaking and theft.

The Judge, Gambo Garba, sentenced the convict, after he pleaded guilty to the charge and pleaded for leniency.

Garba, who gave Segun an option to pay a fine of N20,000, warned him to desist from crimes.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Chinedu Ogada told the court that the convict committed the offence at Gwarinpa, on June 22.

Ogada said the complainant, Uju Ezeh of House No 5, road 21 Gwarnpa Estate Abuja, reported the matter at the Gwarinpa Police Station on June 22.

Ogada said that the convict scaled the complainant’s fence, broke into her house and stole her  bags containing clothes and shoes.

The prosecutor further explained that the convict sold one bag, clothes and shoes at N10,000  and converted the money to his personal use.

Ogada said that during police investigation, two bags contenting clothes and shoes were recovered from the convict.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 348, 346, 288, of the Penal Code.

NRC arrests 2 rail track vandals in Zaria

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), has announced the arrest of two persons suspected of vandalising rail tracks along Kaduna-Zaria rail line.

Haruna Sabo, the NRC Northern District Engineer, made the disclosure in an interview with our correspondent, on Saturday in Zaria

He said that the corporation had deployed patrol teams along the rail line following repeated vandalism of the rail tracks.

Sabo said those arrested were members of a syndicate that specialized in removing rail clips that hold sleepers and rail tracks together.

The district engineer said that the suspects were arrested by staff of the NRC district office at Sayi-Dumbi rail section along Zaria-Kaduna axis on Friday.

The suspects are Sabitu Kabiru of Matara Sarki in Zaria and a trader, Sabi’u Shehu.

One other suspect, whose name was given as Umar Faruk, was said to have escaped.

Kabiru, however, said it was their first time of attempting to vandalise the rail tracks and were caught.

On his part,  Shehu said he used to buy iron rod from Kabiru, but had never bought any stolen railway property from him.

The district engineer said that personnel of the railway inspection and maintenance unit would continue to monitor the rail lines on daily basis, until all the vandals were arrested.

“These personnel saw the vandals removing bolt and knot, and rails clips on the track; the clips hold the sleepers and rail together.

“The removal of the bolt and knot, rails clips on the track was one of the reasons for the recent derailment of trains in Kaduna”, he said.

Sabo urged Nigerians to safeguard railway properties and report vandals to security agencies.

our correspondent reports that the suspects were handed over to the Railway Police in Zaria, for further investigation

Sen Ndume Assures Adequate funding for Army

By: Isaac Thlama- Abuja

Chairman Senate committee on Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume led other members of the committee to the Army Headquarters on oversight visit, where he promised to intercede for the Armed Forces in area of funding.
The committee was received on arrival by the Chief of Army Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, who also promised to closely collaborate with the Senate.
The duo spoke at interaction at the Army headquarters, wherein, , Senator Ndume who represents Borno South senatorial district in the Senate assured the Chief of Army staff that his committee is ever ready to give the Army all the necessary budgetary support, so as to adequately tackle all forms of criminality across the country.
He stated that Nigerians are eager to see practical changes on the issue of insecurity. The committee also uses the opportunity to congratulate the Chief of Army staff over his appointment and that of his other principal staff officers.

In his response, the Chief of Army staff Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru assured the committee of their readiness to work with the National assembly so as to enable them address the issue of insecurity in the country. He thank the committee for the support they gave him during his screening by the Nigeria Senate.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of souvenirs to Sen Ndume as a mark of appreciation for his positive contribution to the Nigeria Army.