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We recovered one lawmaker’s stolen car, seized N302,5m worth of contraband – NCS



The Joint Border Patrol Team, Section 3, North+Central Zone of the Nigerian Customs Service says it recently recovered a Toyota Land cruiser jeep belonging to a member of the House of Representatives, Chidi Nwoka of Ekwere Constituency.

The car with registration number KUJ 570 MB was intercepted by operatives of the Joint border patrol team, deployed to the Suleija axis of Niger State, who were on routine patrol in the early hours of Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

The vehicle was intercepted while being driven to Kaduna from Abuja by suspects who fled at the sight of officers.

Giving a scorecard of the joint border patrol team for 2022 at a press briefing at the Customs Command Headquarters in Ilorin on Monday, the Coordinator, Olugbenga Peters, disclosed that the two occupants of the vehicle who could not produce customs documents requested by the operatives took to their heels and ran into the bush.

He said a complementary card found while searching the abandoned vehicle gave a clue to the owner who revealed that the car was snatched a few hours earlier from his driver at gunpoint around the Gwarimpa axis of Abuja.

The Coordinator said two other stolen cars recovered by the operatives during the period under review included a Lexus RX 350 without a number plate, seized around the Benue axis and a Toyota Yaris with registration number BEN-59-EZ intercepted around the Lokoja axis of the Sector.

Olugbenga Peters, further revealed that 187 seizures with a duty value of N302,590,252, were recorded comprising 28 units of used vehicles, 427 wraps of Indian Hemp, 2,052 bags of foreign parboiled rice 4,598 litres of petrol, and 48 drums of diesel among others.

He warned daredevil smugglers who still intend to smuggle illicit, controlled and prohibited goods or engage in human trafficking and other criminality to think twice.

“There will be no hiding place for them as the new patrol strategies adopted by the sector in line with the presidential directive against illegal perpetrators bent on derailing the nation’s economy will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” the Coordinator added.

He advised parents and guardians to warn their wards to desist from obstructing customs operatives from performing their legitimate duties “as the sector will not hesitate to use appropriate force in line with rules of engagement and will leave our officers with no other alternative than to defend themselves in the interest of the nation.”

Olugbenga Peters thanked community leaders and other government agencies that showed concern and collaborated with the sector for the success recorded in the Sector 3 operations in the North Central Zone of the country.

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Court orders man’s arrest in domestic violence, child neglect case



Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo has ordered the arrest of one Mr Itoro Monday Uko in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of the state for contempt of court.

Itoro Uko is said to have abandoned his wife and only child, a two-year-old girl, in the village to live with his girlfriend in Ikot Ekpene Town.

The presiding judge, Justice Ntong Ntong, gave the order after hearing Counsel for the applicant and mother of the child, Barrister Ekom Friday Inwang, following the absence of the accused and his Counsel.

The applicant, a private school teacher from Mkpat Enin Local Government Area told the court that apart from neglecting his responsibilities as a father in providing for the needs of his child, the respondent also refused to refund the N200,000 loan she collected for her husband to fix his car in March 2022.

She said they got married on January 18, 2020 and the marriage was blessed with the first child, after which she got pregnant for the second child when her husband started to beat her, resulting in her first miscarriage.

She also told the court that she got pregnant again for the third time and her husband continued to assault her, adding that she was rushed to a hospital where she spent three nights due to bleeding in May 2022, and her husband never showed up. She added that it was her siblings who financed her medical bills.

Upon recovery on July 4, 2022, the applicant said she went to her husband’s family home in Itak Ikot Udo, where they were living, to find out why her husband did not visit but to her surprise, the keys to their apartment were changed and she could not enter the house to pick her clothes or that of her child.

Mrs Itoro Uko said she became aware after the birth of her first child that her husband was keeping multiple sex partners and efforts to change him proved abortive.

She said she became pregnant again for the third time, and the act of battery persisted, which prompted her in-laws to advise her to stay with her parents in Mkpat Enin to avoid being killed by her husband.

Counsel to the applicant urged the court to order the arrest and detention of the respondent for being in contempt of the order of the court made on April 6, 2023.

Justice Ntong granted the order and commanded “Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police and the Divisional Police Officer, Ikot Ekpene Division, their officers and men in the name of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and the Inspector General of Police to cause the arrest and detention of Mr Itoro Monday Uko and produce him in court” and adjourned the case to Thursday, April 25, 2024, for hearing.

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Fire guts Yola Main Market




Fire destroyed wares and some other valuable properties in the main market serving Yola Town, one of two in the Adamawa State capital, Yola.

While the city’s biggest market, the Jimeta Modern Market, is located in the Jimeta axis of the capital city, the Yola Town Main Market is the second major market serving as the commercial hub of the Yola South Local Government Area and the environs.

Eyewitnesses said a fire at the Yola Town market started in the early hours of Monday, destroying shops and goods.

They said some of the traders who kept the proceeds of the sales of Sunday now regret not taking their money home.

They said although fire authorities responded quickly enough but the intensity of the inferno made containment tough.

The cause of the fire was yet to be determined by the time this report was filed Monday morning, but people around the market area ruled out any link to electricity as the entire place was in a blackout throughout the time.

No case of human casualty has been reported.


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19 passengers die in Oyo-Ogbomoso road crash




At least 19 passengers have been reported dead in a road accident that occurred at Kilometre 3, Sabo on Oyo-Ogbomoso Expressway in Oyo Town on Sunday.

The accident involved a Sokoto-bound white Toyota Hiace 18-seater bus with registration number NTT 522 ZY and a black Toyota saloon car.

It was gathered that the victims died on the spot while the only survivor is currently receiving treatment at a private health facility, Opabode Hospital, in Oyo.

Oyo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Joshua Adekanye confirmed the incident and blamed it on disregard for traffic law.

According to him, “The incident involved a Sokoto-bound commercial bus and Corolla saloon car. It happened at 7:45 pm at Kilometre 3, Sabo area along Oyo-Ogbomoso expressway.

“Out of the 20 passengers on board of the two affected vehicles, 19 died on the spot while the survivor is receiving medical attention at the neighborhood hospital.

“The corpses of the victims have been deposited at the General Hospital, Oyo. The drivers of the two vehicles were among the victims that died on the spot.”

The Sector Commander added that the deceased driver of the Toyota Hiace was on the wrong lane to Oyo and collided with the Toyota Corolla.

Adekanye, however, advised road users to always be conscious of traffic rules to avoid reoccurrence.


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