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Customs seize 1,942 bags of foreign rice, other goods in Katsina



The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone B, has seized no fewer than 1,942 bags of foreign rice and other goods in Katsina State in two months.

The Controller of the Unit, Comptroller Mustapha Sarkin-Kebbi, made this known on Monday during a news conference.

He said that the unit also seized 350 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 400 cartons of spaghetti, 160 bags of foreign sugar and six fairly-used vehicles.

According to him, the customs also seized 39 vehicles which the smugglers used in conveying the prohibited items into the country.

He noted that the seized items have a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N107.2 million.

The controller commended the Customs officers for their efforts, urging them to keep up the good efforts for the betterment of the country.

“The Customs made about 74 seizures between February and March, 2019, in Katsina State alone.

Two persons were arrested in connection with the smuggling activities and will be prosecuted.

“We have more problem in Katsina than in other states, may be due to the mentality of people involved in that illegal business.

‘’Everyday our officers go out for duty, they will seize smuggled items.

“Smugglers are becoming more sophisticated. If they see there is problem here, they will turn to another place but we are also equal to the task,’’ Sarkin-Kebbi said.

He urged the relevant authorities to intensify efforts toward enlightening the border communities on the dangers associated with smuggling activities.

“The smugglers need to be sensitized in order to change their minds from smuggling of illicit items into the country,’’ the controller said.



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Re:NYSC Shuns Applications By Southern Medical Corps Members Who “Desperately” Want To Redeploy From North Due To Insecurity



The attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to a story with the above caption, making the rounds on social media. The write-up is a misrepresentation of facts.

In a statement issued by the NYSC’s Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations Emeka Mgbemena on Sunday in Abuja said the report is misrepresentation of facts.

According to the statement, in accordance with the Relocation Policy of the Scheme, the exercise is carried out based on two grounds, namely; Marital and Health grounds.

Relocation on the ground of marriage is applicable only to female Corps Members. On the ground of health, the Corps Member’s medical history must be presented, with a written application.

It is imperative to state that in NYSC, all lives matter, just like the Director-General has emphasised on so many fora. The safety and well-being of Corps Members and members of staff remains of paramount importance to the Corps.

However, Corps Members at all times must also be security conscious and never treat their safety with levity, by unduly putting themselves in harm’s way through risky behaviours.

Rest assured, the Scheme in all matters on deployment of Corps Members, relies strictly on the advisories from the security agencies.

It is therefore advisable for clarifications to be sought from the Scheme on issues pertaining to its operations, to avoid the error of inaccurate reportage, or outright spread of falsehood and misinformation.

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