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Customs lists communities in Kwara, Niger where smuggling thrives

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By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities in Kwara and Niger states as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.


The communities according to the service include Kaiama, Chikanda, Okuta, Ilesha-Baruba and Airport road in Kaiama, Baruten and Ilorin West Local Government Areas of Kwara State.


Others are Kotangora and Babanna in Niger State.

Coordinator, Joint Border Operations Drill (JBOD) Sector 3, Olugboyega Peters told reporters in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

The sector’s operation covers Kwara, Kogi, Niger and Benue Comptroller Peters called for more support from community leaders and traditional rulers, including the business community, said that the joint border patrol operations needed useful information and support of people to tackle increasing rate of smuggling activities at border towns.

He said that “smugglers live among people in the border communities. People around know them. Officers of joint border patrol are no witches or extra human beings to know and identify these economic saboteurs. We need more support, cooperation, quality and useful information from people to work on and tackle activities of smugglers.”

The coordinator also said that the JBOD seized a total sum of N53.158 million worth of goods from smugglers in five weeks.

He said that part of strategies deployed against all forms of smuggling, human trafficking and proliferation of arms and ammunition led to 65 seizures of different items.

Comptroller Peters, who assumed office on October 12, 2020, said his team made some seizures such as four single barrel of rifle, 1,643 bags of foreign rice, 373 jerry cans of PMS of 25 liters, 12 jerry cans of AGO, 32 used vehicles, four bales of second hand clothing, a motorcycle, adding that a suspect was arrested.

“We shall continue to wage war against smugglers, as every effort or tactic exhibited by them to beat security checks operatives will remain fruitless.

“Smugglers will be uncovered due to our high level of intelligence, systematic  monitoring and mechanism put in place to track down these economic saboteurs and their sponsors,” he said.

Compt. Peters said that the current administration has zero tolerance for corruption and revenue leakages in all its ramifications, and the sector would continue to re-invigorate strategies that will enhance performance.

On ENDSARS protesters attacks on Custom House, Kwara Command, he hailed the effort of Nigeria Customs Service, JBOD and all sister security agencies for exhibiting their professionalism in handling the incident.

He said that the aftermath of ENDSARS protest was a commendation letter sent to  the command  by the Comptroller General of Customs and his able management team for exhibiting such gallantry, in terms of excellent performance, integrity, high ethical standard, good conduct and unalloyed commitment to the service.

He urged Nigerians, especially members of the business communities to assume the duty of border drill as an opportunity to further create a conducive environment for local business.

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Social media reactions after Funny Face rendered an apology to baby mama and family

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Social media is currently buzzing following the news that Funny Face has remorsefully apologized to his baby mama, Ama Vanessa he some time ago without mincing words insulted.


A few hours ago, comic actor Funny Face via a lengthy post on social media has rendered an apology to Ama Vanessa, her mother, father, other family members and Ghanaians.

According to the post, the comedian he seeks the mercy and forgiveness of his baby mama, and parents over the words he used against them when the issue popped on online.

Knowing well he’s made a big mistake, Funny Face stated that he is ready to accept all blame and faults of the family; thus ready to carry the cross of public backlash and insults.

The father of twins further indicated that is because of the twin baby girls that have made him apologize and come back for them.

He loved them so much, he said; “Let’s build the family, even though we are angry at each other, the beautiful kids don’t deserve this”, a part of his post reads.

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READ ALSO: Vanessa, I’m truly sorry – Funny Face finally apologizes to baby mama

Following this, some netizens have reacted. Ghpage has accumulated reactions after Funny Face rendered an apology to baby mama and family, Read below;

Teye Akwerteh: “This guy is just like the corrupt Akuffo Addo…… he can NEVER be trusted”.

Jamez Moni: “The harm has already been caused . Better go delete those videos and also the bloggers pay them to delete it all . A Fool at Forty ?”.

Aisha Ibrahim: “Kwasia boy you want to chop her again so that you will foolisly write it on Facebook”.

Vida Amankwa: “Madness paaani ,if this girl return to this mad man paaaa ,she will be the useless girl I have ever come across”.

Magdalene Potakey: “Vanessa father came down because of u ,now u Dey fear????…u see say the father be hardcore…if his father was not a tough man ,u won’t apologize”.

Sha Rhee Pha: “He’s planning on giving her number 4 since she just gave birth to number 3. It’s a trap sister”.

Abena Chrystal: “Go to their home and kneel down to beg the lady’s mom more especially. God used that family to wipe your one minute shame and blessed you with 3 beautiful girls”.

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Hardcore fan gets haircut with Davido’s face on his head

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A die-hard fan of a popular singer, Davido Adeleke, has celebrated his favorite with a haircut of his face on his head.


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This is coming following the DMW Records boss’ birthday some days ago.

With the help of a fantastic barber and a lot of carving the fan is able to achieve the face of the singer on the back of his head.

Fan gets haircut with Davido’s face on his head

This is not the first time someone will get a haircut in Davido’s honor. We have also had women, including a female celebrity tattoo his name on their chests.

Just recently, an artist took to a massive wall on his street and drew a photo of Omo Baba Olowo.

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Nigeria Recovers Stolen 600-year-old Ife Terracotta

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A 600-year-old Ife Terracotta which was smuggled out of the country in 2019 has been recovered by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Terracotta was formally received by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, from his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, in the company of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria, Mr. Harry van Dijk.

While receiving the artefact in his office in Abuja on Thursday, Alhaji Mohammed said the return of the stolen Ife Terracotta marks a milestone in Nigeria’s efforts at pursuing the return of the country’s antiquities.

“It gives me profound joy to receive this very important antiquity, an Ife Terracotta, which is dated to be at least 600 years old. I am even more delighted that our efforts at pursuing the return of Nigerian antiquities, which we launched last November, have started yielding fruits,” he said.

The Minister of Information and Culture said the government’s resolve to seek the repatriation of the nation’s timeless and priceless artefacts was strengthened by President Muhammadu Buhari’s marching order for Nigeria to tap into tourism and other fields, where Nigeria has comparative advantages, in order to generate income for the nation and secure jobs for our youths.

“One way of generating income for the country is if our cultural properties are exhibited around the world to a fee-paying audience, on the basis of the proper agreement that acknowledges us as owners and confers the right benefits on us. But this is not possible for as long as most of them adorn the museums and private collections of others, who describe them as their properties,” he said.

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