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NIS seeks more collaborative measures on border closure compliance

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has solicited for more collaborative measures from sister security agencies and border communities to ensure compliance on the closure of all routes linking Niger Republic.

Mrs Caroline Adepoju, the NIS Acting Comptroller General, made the call while addressing personnel at the Illela border of Sokoto State on Wednesday.

Adepoju undetscored the need for intelligence gathering as it will help to forestall any security issue.

“Here, the bandits have challenge us by attacking our men and even killing some of them.

“The only thing is that security is the business of everyone. We are going to work; we need support of our sister agencies and the people who live in the border communities.

“Though migration is important even on economic growth, but we don’t want bad people that have negative impact on our security.

“So, we are going to fight them and stop them from coming to our country,” she said.

The NIS boss added that her visit to Illela border is to access the level of compliance of the Federal Government directive on the closure of the Republic of Niger border.

She noted that security of Nigeria is important because no development will thrive without security.

“However, as soon as the government is satisfied with the level of security that is expected in the country, there will be further directives,” she said.

Adepoju however commended the border communities for their support to the security agencies toward ensuring the success of the government directive.

She said that the NIS is more concern and has deployed adequate men on ground to man all legal and illegal routes to ensure the success of the exercise.

Earlier at a courtesy visit to Gov. Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State, Adepoju appreciated him for supporting security agencies in the state.

She assured the governor that the NIS would continue to work closely with other security outfits toward ensuring a safe environment for all citizens.

Responding, Aliyu commended the Acting Comptroller General for the visit and pledged more collaborative engagement with NIS toward achieving effective security.

“Security is one of our 9-point agenda in Sokoto state; we are going to sustain our priority in addressing the challenges,” he assured.

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves surge by 5% to $33.58bn

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves increased by 5 percent to $33.58 billion in the last two months.

This is according to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s latest FX data as of June 19, 2024.

Accordingly, the foreign exchange reserves figure represents a $1.47 billion increase compared to $32.11 billion on April 19, 2024.

The Monetary Policy Committee, MPC during its 295th meeting reiterated its commitment to boosting Nigeria’s external reserves.

“The Committee also noted the marginal increase in the external reserve balance between March and April 2024 and urged the Bank to sustain its focus on accretion to reserves”, reads in part.

Recall that the Nigerian government received $925 million from Afrieximbank barely two weeks ago as the $3.3 billion crude oil-backed prepayment facility organized by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

Meanwhile, despite the increase in the country’s foreign reserves, Naira depreciated N1485.36 for the second consecutive time against the dollar on Thursday.

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Ondo Govt breaks silence after court declared 33 LCDAs illegal

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Following the judgment of an Ondo State High Court which declared the creation of the 33 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, as unconstitutional, the state government has stated that it is studying the judgement.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Kayode Ajulo, in a statement on Friday, said the state government would duly analyze the judgement, adding that the rule of law would be followed.

The late former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu created the LCDAs in 2023.

But in his judgement on Thursday, Justice A.O. Adebusuoye stated that the LCDAs were not lawfully created.

According to Ajulo, the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement has been requested and will be studied accordingly.

“All necessary measures, in accordance with our laws, will be taken to safeguard the interests of our citizens, foster peaceful coexistence, and uphold the rule of law.

“The Honourable Attorney General remains steadfast in his commitment to prioritising the well-being and welfare of our citizens, working tirelessly to ensure that justice and the law are served.”

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Nigeria Customs generates N249b within 5 months in Rivers

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Command, Onne in Rivers, said it has generated more than N249 billion as at May, 2024 representing 40.3 per cent of its current annual revenue target.

Comptroller of the command, Muhammed Babandede, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at Onne.

According to him, the 40.3 per cent revenue record followed a recent review of the command’s annual revenue target from N494 billion to N618 billion.

The comptroller noted that when compared to the same period in 2023, the command had recorded an increase of more than N153 billion.

He also said that six containers laden with codeine, contraband drugs and goods valued at more than N3 billion were also confiscated within the period under review.

He said that the seizures included four containers laden with bales of clothing, lace and fabrics with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of more than N911 million.

Others, the controller said, were two containers laden with 2,625 cartons of codeine syrup among other contraband valued at more than N2 billion.

Babandede commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for inter-agency collaboration while also assuring adequate handover of seizures.

He also emphasised that the command would not relent on its core function of trade facilitation which entailed streamlined and simplified technical and legal procedures for clearing import or export goods.

On the operations of bonded terminals, the comptroller explained that the final destination for clearing of consignment was at the importer’s discretion.

“These procedures are guide which all Customs officers must adhere to.

“This negates the erroneous belief that officers of the Onne command connive with operators of Bonded Terminals to transfer containers,” he said.

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