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Customs Finds Arms, Ammunition in ‘Tokumbo’ Car at Tin Can Port

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From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos

The Tin Can Island Port Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service
(NCS) said its operatives at the Five-star Logistics Terminal
discovered a pistol with magazine in a Toyota Camry car at the exit
point over the weekend.
   In a statement, the Command Public Relations Officer, Mr.

Uche
Ejesieme, added that “consequently, and in line with our standard
operating procedure (SOP), the DSS, police and other security agencies
were invited to the scene.

   Thereafter, the exhibits were taken to the command’s enforcement
unit for safe custody pending a formal report to the NCS headquarters
on Monday for further directives.

   Meanwhile, the Area Controller, Compt. Musa Abdullahi, has directed
immediate investigation into the incident to unravel those behind it
and truncate their supply chain.
   He reiterated the agency’s advice to importers and agents to desist
from offensive imports, particularly items on the absolute prohibition
list, because of the dire consequences.
   In another development, the NCS Ogun I Command has denied claims
that arms were being smuggled into the country through the state as
reportedly alleged by the Chairman of NANS JCC, Damilola Simeon
Kehinde, and National President of NAOSS, Ogunrombi Gbemileke.
   In a statement by the Public Relations Officer, Hammed Oloyode, the
command described the allegation as misleading and likely to create
unnecessary tension in the state and country, adding that the command
had never allowed the smuggling of arms and ammunition into the
country in whatever form, and will never do so.
   According to the statement, the command has since fortified the
numerous illegal routes through which contrabands were being smuggled
into the country by aggressive patrols, and has stepped up its
anti-smuggling operations to checkmate the nefarious activities of
enemies of the state.
   “Other allegations of smuggling taking place during the daytime is
only in the imagination of the fabricator of that story,” the
statement claimed. “The tightened security architecture in the state
today by customs and other security agencies will not permit smuggling
of contrabands and other prohibited items at night time, not to talk
of during the day.”
   The command disclosed that since January, it has seized over 1,500
different contrabands and prohibited items, including 46,491 bags of
foreign parboiled rice, used vehicles, used shoes and clothing and
tomato paste, as well as export-bound sativa (Indian hemp) and
petroleum products since January.
   It urged the “students, their sponsors and collaborators” to focus
on their studies to become better citizens tomorrow, and to channel
their energies into educating their fellow members in the different
communities on the dangers of smuggling, “instead of being used for
blackmail of government institution(s).

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Alleged Defilement: Businessman Docked for Failing to Produce Suspect

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A businessman, Robert Makolo on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, for failing to produce a suspect he stood surety for in a case of defilement.

Makolo had promised to produce the suspect, John, who is his brother in court by the adjourned date.

The Magistrate Mr Lateef Owolabi, adjourned the case until May 30 for mention and to enable the defendant produce the suspect.

Reports says that Makolo had earlier been arraigned on Jan.

22 and stood trial on a two- count charge of conspiracy and perversion of justice.

He had pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Owolabi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum who must produce evidence of 3 years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

He said that one of the sureties must be a blood relative.

The prosecutor, SP Josephine Ikhayere had told the court that Makolo stood in as surety on  Nov 16, 2023 at the Anthony Police Station.

Ikhayere alleged that Makolo stood as a surety for his brother Paul, who was involved in a case of defilement.

She said the defendant promised to produce his brother the suspect anytime his presence was required at the police station until the case is finally disposed of.

She said that the defendant undertook to produce the suspect on Nov. 30, 2023 but failed.

The prosecutor said that the section contravene the provisions of Section 97 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos.(NAN)

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Minimum Entry age to Tertiary Institutions18 Years – FG

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The Federal Government has directed that admission to tertiary institutions should not be given to candidates less than 18 years.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman gave the directive on Monday during a monitoring exercise of the ongoing 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory.

He decried the activities of some parent, who were pressuring their underage students to get admissions into tertiary institutions,

The minister said that the 18-year benchmark is in line with the 6-3-3-4 system of education.

“The minimum age of entry into the University is 18, but we have seen students who are 15, 16 years going in for the entrance examination.

“Parents should be encouraged not to push there wards too much. Mostly, it is the pressure of parents that is causing this.

“We are going to look at this development because the candidates are too young to understand what the whole university education is all about.

“This is the period when children migrate from controlled to uncontrolled environment; when they are in charge of their own affairs.

“But, if they are too young, they won’t be able to manage properly. I think that is part of what we are seeing in the Universities today,” he said.

On skill acquisition for those who will not be able to gain admissions into tertiary institutions, Mamman said the ministry is taking skills to pupils from primary school.

“ In overall, it is 20 per cent that can be admitted into the University, Polytechnic and Colleges of Education system.

“So, where will the 80 per cent go to? That is why the issue of skills acquisition is very important.

“Any student who is unable to proceed to tertiary institutions should be able to have a meaningful life after primary and secondary school’s education and the only solution to this is skill acquisition,” he said.

Corroborating the minister’s position on the benchmark of 18 years for admission to tertiary institution, the JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin said 18 years is the is in line with the 6-3-3-4 education system.

The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu who was in the monitoring team applauded the conduct of the 2024 UTME, particularly, the introduction of online examinations as a way of checking malpractices.

He said the Computer Based Test (CBT) had reduced examination malpractices to the barest minimum.

Sununu commended the Board for setting simple but high standard for the examination. (NAN)

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EFCC Arraigns Businessman for Allegedly Tampering with Forfeited Property

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a businessman, Ifeanyi Bosah-Reginald, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly tampering with forfeited property.
Reports says that Bosah-Reginald was arraigned on a count charge alongside Magnificat Homes & Leisure Ltd.

 and fifth Neighborhood Management Ltd.

The EFCC alleged that the defendant ran foul of the offence of dealing with forfeited property without authorisation contrary to Section 12(1) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act 2004.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The EFCC Counsel, Mr Babatunde Sonoiki, thereafter applied to the court that the defendant should be kept in appropriate custody and also  asked for a trial date.

According to the EFCC, the defendant was alleged to have trespassed property of one  Jokotade Tade Estate Resources Ltd. and that of one Mrs Foloshade Ogundare.
The EFCC said the property, a subject of forfeited order in suit ID/2168/2015, was said to be measuring about 10,687 hectares, situated at Sangotedo Lekki, Lagos State.
It said the property had been forfeited to the Federal Government based on the interim forfeiture order of the court of competent jurisdiction.
Justice Rahman Oshodi ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre.
The judge, however, adjourned the case until  May 31 for commencement of trial. (NAN)

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