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Ibadan residents accuse Customs of aiding smugglers

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Some residents of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital have accused officers of the Oyo/Osun command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) of aiding smuggling activities.

The residents made this disclosure when they spoke with DAILY POST.

Some of the residents of Ilupeju, Bakatari and Omi-Adio communities in Ido Local Government Area, alleged that some of the customs officers from Oyo/Osun command are in the habit of aiding and abetting smuggling activities along Idi-roko – Abeokuta -Ibadan routes.

The residents explained that the custom officers usually pursue commercial buses to some of the villages along the Ibadan-Abeokuta Road for failure to pay a certain amount of money as bribe.

Some of the residents claimed that some Customs officers had created some locations along the routes where bags of rice are deposited and later sold to members of the public.

They therefore called on the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Ahmed Ali (retired), to ensure that the culprits are punished.

A community leader in Bakatari, Pa Odusanya Jacob, who spoke on behalf of the residents on Thursday, condemned what he called the unpatriotic habit of the officers.

He further revealed some of the warehouses in Ibadan where smuggled rice and other contrabands are kept are secured and policed by same unpatriotic customs officers who demand in return millions of naira from the owners.

He said, “We condemn this unpatriotic attitude among the Customs officers, who work by double standards. They pretend to be patriotic officers when pursuing motorists whereas their motive was bad.

“They only go after those motorists who failed to pay bribes to them. On the other hand, all motorists who paid the stipulated bribe were allowed access without hindrance.Only to come round to disturb the peace of the community when pursuing those motorists who evade payment of bribe.

“We reject this act of sabotage and unpatriotic act among the officers of the Nigeria Customs of Oyo/Osun Command.

“We know of filling stations along Ibadan-Abeokuta road that have been turned to warehouses by these officers. If you check very well, you will discover that these filling stations are where they use as shops to dispose smuggled rice as well as hundreds of bags of rice seized from motorists.”

A farmer who lives at Aba-Oke village along Ibadan-Abeokuta road, alleged that smugglers who are in the good books of the officers paid as much as N250,000 each as bribe to the officers to gain tickets to smuggle goods into the city of Ibadan.

The tickets, he said, grant access to identified smugglers who enjoyed special treatment from officers at road blocks.

A commercial bus driver who identified himself as Olojo , accused Customs Officers at checkpoints along Abeokuta- Ibadan road, of chasing after some commercial buses who failed to give them bribes.

But, Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/ Osun command, Mr. Kayode Wey when contacted, described the allegations as false.

He told DAILY POST that the officers of the command were well trained to shun corruption.

According to him, “We don’t do that in Oyo/Osun command. Our officers cannot do that. I have never come across such a thing. All these are just allegations. Officers of Oyo/Osun command do not participate in such acts.

“Our officers have been property trained. How can an officer trained by law be giving tickets to smugglers.

“To the best of my knowledge, all these are not true. Oyo/ Osun command officers cannot connive with smugglers,” he insisted.

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Don Jazzy reacts to rumors of being gay

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Popular music executive and Mavin Record owner, Don Jazzy has reacted to rumors that he is gay.

Reports circulating online by blogs had it that some celebrities are gay, seeking that they come out publicly and stop deceiving young girls.

Don Jazzy was among the celebrities that was called out in the report.

Reacting to the rumors on his Instagram page, Don Jazzy promised to come out following the accusation.

On his Instagram page, he wrote: “So I hear I’m gay all the time anyways click link in my bio to subscribe because I’m going to be coming out there.”

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We are suffering, hungry, we need our November salary – Policemen

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Some policemen from different formations and commands across the country have raised the alarm over the non-payment of their November salaries.

They made this disclosure when they spoke with DAILY POST on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

The officers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, insisted the non-payment of their November salary has compounded their suffering.

The officers, who said that they are hungry, said that other security agents have been paid their November salaries.

The officers noted several attempts to get their salary up till Wednesday have proved to be abortive.

They explained that the police authority in a signal do not state when their salaries would be paid.

One of the officers said, “Help us shout it loud and clear, no November salary for police, the signal above indicated like that.

“All others security agents have been paid. What is our offense, is it a curse to be in Nigeria police?”

Another officer said that anyone who reveal his or her identity would be accused of leaking official secret.

“Economic crunch has crushed most of us due to irrational cost of living, an hungry man is an hangry.

“Police is seriously hunting any one that air his views, they say you are leaking official secret, they want you to remain zombie, suffering and smelling, please cover the identity”.

Another police officer in his own submission said, “It is lame excuses, police can not bare the brunt, is not our fault it is leadership failures, for Christ sake all others security agents have been paid since last week, today is 8/12, how do they want us to survive when we are not doing other jobs or to go and commit crimes.”

But, the police authority in a signal issued by Force Headquarters in Abuja and obtained by DAILY POST on Wednesday, noted that the delay was due to delay in processing of funds from the federal ministry of finance.

The signal addressed to various commands and formations reads, “Information received from IPPIS unit of OAGF indicates delay in processing of funds from federal ministry of finance for payment of November 2021 salaries which that there will be delay in payment of November 2021 salary.”

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Simba TVS launches next generation tricycle

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Simba TVS, Nigeria’s leading tricycle company has launched the brand new TVS King Deluxe+ tricycle, with revolutionary iTouch technology. Aimed at creating an easier, safer and more comfortable riding experience, the innovative new starting system of the vehicle is a product of extensive research and development by TVS Motor Company – one of the world’s largest two- and three-wheeler companies.

At a glittering event held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, the Simba Group launched the TVS King Deluxe+ with iTouch, which contains several upgraded features and enhancements over existing models, with the revolutionary new starting system forming the cornerstone of this next generation vehicle.

This iTouch feature assures a one-touch noiseless start and is made possible as a result of a new starting system that completely eliminates the starter motor. This not only reduces the frequency of wear on parts, but also reduces fuel consumption resulting in significantly reduced operating costs of the vehicle. The rider also enjoys a starting mechanism that is more convenient and comfortable, and an enhanced riding experience overall as a result.

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Speaking at the event, Mr Mahendra Pratap, Business Head at Simba TVS said, “We are extremely happy to launch the TVS King Deluxe+ iTouch in Nigeria today. As the first and only tricycle manufacturer worldwide to have this patented and revolutionary technology we are very excited about the benefits that will be experienced by our riders, our fleet owners and our mechanic community. Once again, Simba TVS has driven the agenda in terms of innovation in this market, and we remain committed to not only bringing the best technology and products to Nigeria, but continuing to invest in the spares network and after-sales service, which has become the hallmark of our success over the last twenty years in this industry.”

This is another feather in the cap for Simba TVS who earlier this year won the “Tricycle of the Year Award” in addition to various other awards for manufacturing excellence, service and also commendation for their contribution to socio-economic improvement of Nigeria.

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