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Suspected Smugglers Kill Customs Officer

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Some suspected smugglers
killed a Customs Officer at Ashipa Area of Seme Border in the Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State, last Thursday.
The  suspected smugglers angrily clubbed the Customs officer to death over the death a motorist identified as Mr. Saturday who was believed to have been shot by a Customs Officer around operation two area while attempting to smuggle rice from Benin Republic into Nigeria.
The Tide gathere that the  incident occurred at about 0950 hours at Ashipa along Seme -Badagry Express Road, as the Officer was heading for a meeting at the Seme Customs Command Headquarters, when the mob accosted his car and burnt him alive.
But another sources has it that the attack was a reprisal to the killing of Mr. Saturday by an unidentified Custom’s Officer at the Seme Border.
The Seme Custom Command spokesman, Mr. Ernest Ollotah, who confirmed the incident said  the attack was as a result of the readiness of  men and officers of the command to bring smuggling activities to an end.
Ollotah said that security personnel would trail the suspects and arrest them for     prosecution.
According to him with heavy and sorrowful heart, the Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service announced the gruesome killing of one of our Senior Officers by some smugglers in the Ashipa Area of Seme on Thursday 29th August, 2013 at about 0950 hours.
“The deceased Customs officer while in his official uniform unarmed and driving to the Commands headquarters for a routine meeting was accosted by a mob who forced him out of his vehicle. Buoyed by an identified Chief of the community, the officer was murdered in cold blood and his vehicle set ablaze.
According to the spokesman, it is worth noting that the intensification of our anti-smuggling operation which has led to the making of over 686 seizures since January 2013 has placed us on the danger of attacks  from  criminals who are being prevented from using the border for the anti-
economic and other nefarious activities.
“Our operatives due to uncompromising stance against smuggling and
protecting the nation’s economy have come under series of attacks by
smugglers and some unpatriotic elements who see smuggling as their right.
“In some cases attempts made at disarming some of our operatives in the
recent past were rebuffed” he added.
He explained further, that the Area Comptroller of Seme border, Comptroller
Othman Saleh has in collaboration with sister government agencies
including the Police Force, commenced moves to bring the perpetrators of
the heinous crime to book, adding that the unfortunate incident will not deter
operatives of the command under the watch of Othman from carrying
out their lawful duties.

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NSC Boss Warns Maritime Agencies Against Unhealthy Rivalries

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The Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, has warned agencies in the maritime sector to avoid superiority rivalry, saying it has done the industry more harm than good.
He also advised heads of maritime agencies to avoid cosmetic cooperation and come together for the development of the industry. 
Bello gave this warning at a sent-forth ceremony organised in his honour, last Friday. 
Bello bowed out of service last Friday after eight years of service. 
He was appointed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2013. Before his appointment, he was the Director, Legal Services of the NSC.
Bello noted that some agencies spent so much in defending their territories while neglecting their statutory mandates.
According to him, “There is lack of synergy among the agencies and I don’t think it is succeeding because it has been the basis of equality. There is no agency that is better than the other.
“Agencies are not graded by their budgets but what they contribute, but it is very unfortunate some agencies think that maritime starts and stops with them. No, it cannot work.
“Some agencies are trying to defend territories and in doing so, they go to a large extent and that is not good. They spend a lot of money to defend these territories while they neglect what they are established to do and that’s why we are not developing and that’s what Nigerian Shippers’ Council will never take from anybody not now, tomorrow or forever. We are all equal, we all have contributions to make.
“We can’t be having cosmetic cooperation, we have to have real cooperation”.
Bello said that the Federal Ministry of Transportation had undergone a lot of transformations, saying the era of state capture was over.
He lauded the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Ministry for giving the Council the opportunity to achieve a lot through their supports.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Okowa Seeks Permanent Site For Maritime Varsity

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The Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the Federal Government to develop the permanent site of the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko.
Okowa made the call while playing host to the Governing Council of the university during a courtesy visit at the Government House, Asaba.
He said the establishment of a permanent campus would go a long way in putting the university on a sound footing, and ultimately enable it to deliver on its core mandate of imparting sound maritime-related education on students.
The governor said he was happy that the institution took off academic activities at the temporary site but urged the Federal Government to make resources available for the construction of buildings and provision of amenities that would enhance academic activities.
He noted that the birth of the special educational institution for the training of manpower in the maritime sector had strengthened peace and the economy of riverine communities.
Okowa advocated the need for more projects to be sited in riverine areas because of the inputs of riverine areas to the economy of the nation.
“We thank God that the Maritime University has started even when we have challenges because we do know that the take-off of the university brought good news to our people and helped us to build peace, particularly in our riverine areas”, he said. 
Earlier, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the university, Dr Elias Courson, commended Governor Okowa for his inspiring and magnanimous support towards the take-off and continued development of the university.
He also thanked the governor for establishing three additional universities in the state, which would provide additional access to quality education not only to Deltans but to Nigerians.
Dr Courson, however, appealed to Okowa to assist the university in completing the renovation/ remodelling of the classroom blocks, construction of additional staff quarters and provision of a potable water scheme in the campus.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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2022 Nations Cup: S’Eagles To Travel To Cameroon By Boat

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The  Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) says it will convey the Super Eagles of Nigeria by boat to Cameroon for next year’s Nations Cup.
Managing Director, LAGFERRY, Abdullah Balogun, stated this in a statement.
“We plan to take Nigeria’s Super Eagles to Cameroon for next year’s Nations Cup after achieving that of Benin Republic — this is a goal we have set for ourselves”, Balogun said.
 LAGFERRY said they considered the boat trip following the success recorded in the Benin experience.
He said, “It was a major milestone for us to transport Nigeria’s national team to the Benin Republic through the waterways.
“Coming on board LAGFERRY through the international route to the Benin Republic is a mind-blowing experience. We were excited to be part of it”.
The LAGFERRY boss said the success recorded in the Benin game, where the Eagles won 1-0 away, was as a result of the trouble-free trip.
“It reflected on the field of play and it showed on their (players) performances because they came out victorious in the game,” he said. 
Balogun said the players, during next year’s boat trip, would enjoy free Wi-Fi, USB pots and a lot of entertainment and side attractions enabled by technology.

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