1. Customs Orders Removal Of Illegal Checkpoints Across Nigeria.
The Nigerian Customs Service has begun the implementation of the directive issued by the Federal Government, directing the dismantling of all illegal check points by its operatives across the country.
A circular from the office of the Deputy Comptroller General on Enforcement and Investigations, addressed to all Ag. DCGs, ACGs, Zonal Coordinators, CACs, Comptrollers FOUs, GIU, CGCs compliance Team and Marine Command, and dated 25th July 2017 stated that the directive was in reference to the memo by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council of 18th July 2017 recommending the action.
The letter which was signed by the DCG himself, A. Dangaladima, said only two checkpoints, namely the ones situated at Agbara and Gbaji along Lagos-Badagry -Seme road were ‘statutorily approved.’
Senate Passes NFIA Bill Which Limits EFCC’s Powers
The Senate has passed the bill to establish to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency thus implementing the first step in pulling the country’s financial intelligence unit out of the control of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The bill was passed after it was read for the third time today, just the fourth legislative day since it was first initiated last Thursday.
The bill was earlier referred to the committee on anti-corruption on Tuesday. However, without the usual public hearing, organised to consider opinions of concerned parties on any public related subject, the report of the committee was presented on Wednesday and the bill passed on Thursday, Premium Times reports.
2. Boko Haram: Troops Can’t Do Well In Rainy Season - Minister.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Thursday regretted that the nation’s troops fighting the Boko Haram sect cannot dominate the environment in rainy season like they were doing during dry season.
Notwithstanding the challenge, Dan-Ali said efforts were ongoing to stop the ambushes being experienced regularly.
The minister spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the service chiefs were directed to move back to the Command Centre in order to be abreast of what is happening there.
He said it was also resolved at the meeting that the government should procure more surveillance devices that will be able to see potential attackers from far distance.
Dan-Ali said, “We just finished a meeting with the Acting President and the three Service Chiefs. We agreed that they should move back to the Command Centre again and see what are the things happening there.
“We have also agreed that we should get more surveillance devices, cameras that will be able to see distant attackers coming to the position of our troops.
“Also, the period of the raining season is a difficult moment for us. We cannot dominate the environment like what we did during the dry season but effort is geared towards regaining back our areas.
“We assure Nigerians that all these ambushes that are happening regularly would be stopped.”
3. Governor Ortom Denies Importing Snakes, Frogs Into Nigeria.
The Benue State government has denied the reports alleging that the consignments containing snakes intercepted by the Nigeria Customs in Calabar belongs to Governor Samuel Ortom.
It described it as another desperate smear campaign by members of the opposition.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase Mr Akase said the report published on social media by some opposition elements had once more brought to the fore the sponsored publications to attack the person of the Governor in order to distract him from continued delivery of good governance to the people of the state.
According to him, the original report on the interception of the consignments did not name the owner of the containers.
“That report on the intercepted consignments in Calabar which was skewed and published on facebook by opposition members in Benue State is proof that most of these young men who call themselves opposition on social media are bereft of any idea to help develop their state.
“The cacophony of ridiculous lies they posted claiming that Governor Ortom is the owner of the intercepted consignments is not only false; it is also shameful”, the CPS stated.
Mr Akase said Governor Ortom “has led a revolution in agriculture with numerous initiatives to make the state live the true meaning of its status as the food basket of the nation since he assumed the leadership of Benue State but snake farming is not part of the agriculture programme of the state.”
The Chief Press Secretary stressed that even in his private capacity, Governor Ortom does not own a snake farm and will never encourage anyone to go into the business.