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Customs Intercepts ‘COVID-19 Vehicle’ Smuggling Poultry Products in Ogun

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The Federal Operations Unit of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a vehicle with Covid-19 sticker used to smuggle frozen chicken into the country.

“COVID-19 Vehicle” Smuggling Poultry Product Caught By Nigeria Customs

Intercepts N12.7bn Smuggled Vehicles, Rice, Others In Four Months

The Federal Operations Unit of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a vehicle with Covid-19 sticker used to smuggle frozen chicken into the country.

The unit also intercepted various items of contraband worth N12.7billion between January to April 2020.

Smuggling of Poultry Products by a Braded "COVID-19 Vehicle"

Smuggling of Poultry Products by a Braded “COVID-19 Vehicle” – Intercepted by FOU

In a press statement by the Public Relations Officer of the unit, Jerry Attah, the customs said it’s officers intercepted the vehicle operating under the guise of essential duty while smuggling cartons of frozen chicken into the country from the Benin Republic.

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Attah who quoted the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the unit, Usman Yahaya said the vehicle was arrested along Ijebu Ode Expressway

He also disclosed that they were intercepted based on intelligence and tact of its eagle eyes officers who were on routine patrol along the axis.

The CAC said, “the officers were professional enough to intercept the vehicle which was believed to be used in the movement of essential commodities but were surprised to see that it was used for illegal activities such as movement of contraband.

“We have arrested the vehicle and investigation has commenced to get to the root and unravel other atrocities that may have been committed using the ensential duty tag.”

Also speaking on the activities of the command in the last four months, the CAC said contraband worth N12.7 billion were intercepted from smugglers between January to April 2020

According to him, the unit also paid a whopping N1.14 billion into the Treasury Single Account of the federal government from Debit Note (DN) on intercepted containers from Lagos seaport, voluntary payment of Customs duty on vehicles, auction sales from seized Premium Motor Spirit among others

A Closer Look at the Pasted COVID-19 Sticker on the Vehicle that Smuggled the Poultry Product Intercepted by Nigeria Customs Service - FOU

A Closer Look at the Pasted COVID-19 Sticker on the Vehicle that Smuggled the Poultry Product Intercepted by Nigeria Customs Service – FOU

Giving a break down of the seizures, he said 25 units of fairly used vehicles worth N108million, 5,644 cartons of frozen chicken worth N54.1million were intercepted.

Also seized during the period under review are 9,843 bags of 50kg smuggled parboiled rice worth N130.4 million and sacks of textile materials worth N94million.

Others are, N14million worth of used tyre, 3,764 kegs of smuggled vegetable oil worth N69.2 million, 8,365 litres of smuggled petrol also known as (PMS) and AGO also known as Diesel worth N35million.

The Customs boss said, “We wont relent on our anti-smuggling fight especially at this time the government is preaching diversification into the agric sector due to the fall in price of oil in the international market which has affected government revenue base.”

“We will ensure that smuggling is reduced to the nearest minimum and not allowed to fester as that could be injurious to our economy and wellbeing as a country,” he said.

The FOU A is an anti-smuggling arm of the service saddled with the responsibility of suppressing smuggling in the six states of the South-West.

 

Full View of the Vehicle which "COVID-19 Vehicle was branded - Intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service

Full View of the Vehicle which “COVID-19 Vehicle was branded – Intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service

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Air Peace disputes demanding payment for an evacuation flight to Dubai

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Air Peace disputes demanding payment for an evacuation flight to Dubai

The management of Air Peace has disclaimed having any link with offensive efforts of one Mr. Simon that has been sending messages to innocent customers, fleecing them of their money. Simon with the handle @simono1219 has been requesting the airline’s customers to pay for a non-existent evacuation flight.

This was disclosed by the airline in a statement it issued on Tuesday via its Twitter handle. It explained that the individual and others like him brand themselves as ‘agents of Air Peace’, sliding into peoples’ direct messages and sending them unsolicited and mischievous messages.

It stated, “The general public is hereby advised to shun messages from such swindlers, as Air Peace has not engaged an agent for special or evacuation flights. Passengers will normally pay directly to us. If you receive such a deceitful message, kindly send a mail to our call centre to confirm its authenticity and enable us to do the needful.”

Meanwhile, about three weeks ago, the management of Air Peace was contacted by the Indian High Commission in Nigeria to undertake the evacuation of stranded Indian nationals to Kerala, India.

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The airline explained that a list of passengers that would be attended to have been released and it has started reaching out to the Indians on Saturday.

It stated, “A list of the passengers to be attended to has already been given to us and we have commenced reaching out to them. The flight shall depart Lagos on May 30, 2020, to Cochin Airport, Kerala.”

The flight is not free anyway. According to the airline, payments are expected immediately and they are; Economy class for $1,300 and Business class is tagged $1,700.

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Coronavirus: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano airports will reopen in few days – NCAA declares

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Coronavirus: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano airports will reopen in few days – NCAA declares

The director-general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, said major airports in the country would in the next few days reopen after weeks of inactivity caused by the novel Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Source gathered that the airports to  to be reopened are the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja; Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja; Aminu Kano Airport, Kano and the Port Harcourt Airport, Choba, Rivers state.

The Nation reports that Nuhu stated this at a virtual event organized by the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) titled COVID-19: The challenges and opportunity for Nigeria’s aviation value chain, during and post.

The federal government had on March 16, placed a travel ban on 13 countries, including China, the United States, and Italy that had recorded over 1,000 cases of coronavirus.

According to the report, on March 13, the federal government shut all airports for one month and later extended it by two weeks.

Nuhu said the NCAA worked with representatives of airlines and ground handling companies before forwarding a proposal to the minister of aviation for approval. The NCAA boss said: “We may resume domestic operations with four or five airports and we hope to expand as we get better. We don’t want to rush everything at the same time and get it choked up. “Every money is important and we cannot achieve the two-meter physical distance. We are hopeful in the next few days we can resolve those issues and allow the airlines to commence operations.

“We have made our suggestion and recommendations and we are awaiting feedback from the ministry of aviation.” Nuhu said air transport must be safe and not become part of the ways of spreading coronavirus.

He stated that physical distancing was an issue as discussions were still on leaving the middle seats in an aircraft vacant.

NCAA has, however, released COVID-19 protocols as approved by the federal ministry of health for the aviation industry. The protocols are for Nigeria-based crew operating international flights. The crew members are now required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures for the duration of their flights. Nuhu, who announced the approval of the new protocols in a letter to airline operators, airports, and other service providers, added that the crew members would not be quarantined but would undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 every 14 days at the expense of their employers.

According to the letter, the new protocols replace the current practice where Nigeria- based international flight crew members are quarantined for 14 days upon their return to Nigeria.

He added that in the new protocols, the airliners must ensure among others, orientation and sensitization of their crew on Infection, Prevention, and Control (IPC) measures.

The protocols also state that airlines must have adequate stock of PPE, a minimum 70 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizers and Universal Precaution Kits (UPK) onboard every aircraft.

The letter read in part: “Onboard the flight crew will request passengers wash their hands after using the lavatory, apply the disinfectant spray in lavatory every 60 minutes during the flight and maintain a safe distance between passengers and themselves; avoid direct physical contact and serve only pre-packed meals to passengers.

“Flight deck crew must wear non-medical face masks and gloves but can remove face masks when the cockpit door is closed.

SOURCE had previously reported that the federal government evacuated 292 who were stranded in Saudi Arabia due to the lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

It was reported that the flight conveying the evacuees arrived in Nigeria on the night of Tuesday, May 19, at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

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Lockdown: FG seized aircraft for operating commercial flight into Nigeria.

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Lockdown: FG seized aircraft for operating commercial flight into Nigeria.

Flair Aviation aircraft, belonging to aviation firm based in the United Kingdom (UK) has been seized by the Federal government for operating commercial flight into Nigeria during the lockdown.

Hadi Sirika,  Minister of aviation disclosed this on Sunday, May 17 via his twitter.

The crew members are being interrogated while the aircraft has been seized.

Sirika said: “…Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably, we caught them conducting commercial flights.

“This is callous! The craft is impounded, the crew being interrogated. There shall be a maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve!”

Before now, the federal government has permitted the firm to operate flights only on a humanitarian basis.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government was trying to trace most of the 155 passengers in the aircraft that brought to Nigeria the Italian confirmed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Legit.ng gathered that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure on Monday, March 2, while briefing newsmen in Abuja, adding that 156 passengers were on the manifest of the flight that brought the Italian.

According to the report, unlike what obtains in other countries, the name and other details of the Italian patient had not been made public yet.

The minister said some of the passengers on board the aircraft that brought the Italian were yet to be traced because of the ambiguity of the contact information they provided.

He said: “We cannot give a fixed figure on the contact tracing because it is a continuing process. But the only one we know for sure is the 156 passengers who were on the aircraft with him (the Italian) and those ones are being tracked and we have been talking to them and we are getting cooperation.

“There have been a few challenges. Some people gave telephone numbers that didn’t work or (when called) said switched off. There are some who probably don’t have telephones or some who are new arrivals in Nigeria.

“They are not yet registered with any telephone company, but there are ways in which they can be found out. Some have probably left the country if they were to be here for a day or two.”

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