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Jubilation at Seme Krake Border as Buhari orders Reopening of Land Borders

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, ordered the immediate reopening of land border.

The President broadcast this via he’s official tweeter handle. “President Buhari has directed the immediate opening of four land borders: Seme, Illela, Maigatari, and Mfun,”@NGRPresident tweeter handle.

 

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It is known that Nigeria closed its land borders to contain illegal importation of drugs arms and food products into Nigeria from neighbouring countries.

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Oyo/Osun Customs Clears The Air on Poisonous Rice Allegations

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Oyo/Osun Customs Clears The Air on Poisonous Rice Allegations

In light of the Poisonous Rice allegation against the OYO/Osun Customs, Oyo Command Customs PRO Refutes Claims

The allegation against Oyo/Osun Command is that the command gave poisonous rice as COVID-19 palliative.

The Public Relations Officer, PRO Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Abdullahi Lagos Abiola, has described the allegation against the Oyo/Command baseless, mischievous and falsehood.

Oyo Osun Customs debunk allegation of poisonous rice

Oyo Osun Customs debunk allegation of poisonous rice

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In his words:
“The attention of Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to some mischievous and deliberate falsehood being circulated in the media for reasons best known to their author(s) concerning the Federal Government’s palliative given to Oyo State among other states.

“As a responsible agency of Government whose functions include ensuring that nothing that could compromise security, economy and general being of Nigerians are allowed into the Country, we cannot turn round and be associated with giving anything that will negatively affect our people”.

He pointed out, ” We therefore wish to state as follows:
That in line with the Federal Government’s effort to cushion the hardship in the nation, the CGC had directed distribution of relief items including bags of rice across the nation through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, as palliative to the vulnerable, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

“As instructed, on the 20th of April 2020, the Oyo/Osun Area Command received high ranking members of the Oyo State Government in the persons of the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Jacob Ojekunle; the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Saidat Bolatumi Oloko; Executive Adviser to the Governor on Agribusiness, Mr Debo Akande; The representative of Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development in Oyo, Mrs MO Lasisi and other members.

“They visited the Command twice on the same day to inspect the bags of rice that were available for allocation.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller, HU Ngozi led them to the warehouses where they inspected the bags of rice, checked expiration dates and expressed satisfaction and readiness to evacuate their allocation.
Before leaving the Command on their second visit.

They pleaded to be given those from a section of one of the warehouses they considered “fresher” and this was granted.

Subsequently, on the 21st of April 2020, the Oyo State Government team came with their vehicles under the supervision of Mr. Jacob Ojekunle, Mrs. Saidat Oloko, Mrs. MO Lasisi, and other top officials, in the presence of the Customs Area Controller, other officers and members of the press to witness the loading and exiting of the 1800 bags of parboiled rice allocated to their State, as a palliative to the vulnerable”.

He stressed, “Incidentally, in the process of loading, few bags fell at different times and burst open in the presence of Mr. Ojekunle and Mrs. Lasisi and there was no time that any of the burst bags of rice had weevils in them. The warehouse had no signs of weevils, neither were their signs of weevils on the loaders or on the trucks under the scorching sun.

“The three States; Oyo, Osun, and Ekiti took delivery of the bags of rice allocated to them, returned their landing certificates to show delivery to its final destinations.

“They also showed appreciation to the CGC for his magnanimity. Contrary to allegations by Oyo State Government, Osun and Ekiti States have not complained about their allocations.”

He exclaimed, “The Command is therefore surprised, even embarrassed to hear three days later, that the rice allocated to them were infested with weevils and unfit for human consumption.

“The Command wishes to reiterate that weevils do not hide and in the process of loading the vehicles, traces of weevils would have been noticed on the floor, on the bags, on the loaders or on the trucks bearing in mind that the entire process was in the presence of the CAC, Oyo State Government’s high ranking team and men of the press with full video camera coverage.

The Command is also aware that for whatever reason, some pictures of bad rice have been circulating the social media. We disassociate ourselves from such false images and we suspect foul play on the part of the handlers of these allocated 1,800 bags of rice. The State Government may wish to dig deeper.

“It is surprising how bags of rice that exited the Command HQ in good condition suddenly became so bad after three days, as being circulated in the social media.”

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New Order: CBN Raises Exchange Rate For Cargo Imports (326 ->361)

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The new exchange rate for goods imported through the Nigerian ports is now N361 per dollar as against the earlier N326 to 1 dollar.

New Order: CBN Raises Exchange Rate For Cargo Imports

The new exchange rate for goods imported through the Nigerian ports is now N361 per dollar as against the earlier N326 to 1 dollar.

In light of this, Yesterday, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) effected an increase in duty payable on cargoes imported through the ports, in a development that has caused many anxieties at the ports as importers and freight forwarders complained about this surge.

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(Stock Photo: Customs Officer Standing Next to Cargoes with Cranes in Sight) Cred: Africa Press

In counter towards the complaints, the Vice President of Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Dr. Kayode Farinto, said it is true that the Customs has effected the changes without due consultations with relevant stakeholders.

According to him, the implication of the increment is that the cost of cargo clearance would be increased in line with the duty increase, and this would affect the cost of products in the market.

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Farinto lamented that clearing agents who have completed their transactions based on the old rate of N326 per dollar are no longer able to take delivery of their consignment because it could not be imputed into the system.

“We woke up this morning to find out that the rate has been changed on the Customs system without any consultation or sensitisation. The government is behaving as if we are in a military era, not even in the face of this COVID-19 when every country is trying to lessen its hardship on its citizenry. This our government is confused.

There should have been a minimum of three months’ notice so that whatever transaction we are making anywhere in the world, we would adjust it. The increase in the rate of the international price of the dollar is not an excuse, most of the importers are sourcing their dollars from the black market. The government ought to have latched on to this small window, knowing that a barel of oil is just $10 now. If you kill the maritime industry, our economy is finished,” he said.

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COVID-19: Technology firms summoned over ‘crackpot’ 5G conspiracies

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Technology firms summoned over 'crackpot' 5G conspiracies

COVID-19: Technology firms summoned over ‘crackpot’ 5G conspiracies

Oliver James Dowden a British politician who has served as Culture Secretary is to order social media companies to be more aggressive in their response to conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oliver James Dowden plans to hold important meetings with representatives from diverse technology firms next week to discuss the matter.

It follows a number of 5G masts apparently being set on fire.

The issue will test the companies’ commitments to free speech.

 

Earlier in the week, blazes were reported at masts in Birmingham, Liverpool and Melling in Merseyside.

A spokesman for Vodafone’s mobile network told the BBC there had been a total of four further incidents over the past 24 hours at both its own sites and those shared with O2, but did not identify the locations.

“We have received several reports of criminal damage to phone masts and abuse of telecoms engineers apparently inspired by crackpot conspiracy theories circulating online,” a spokeswoman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport told the BBC.

“Those responsible for criminal acts will face the full force of the law.

“We must also see social media companies acting responsibly and taking much swifter action to stop nonsense spreading on their platforms which encourages such acts.”

DCMS has yet to confirm which tech companies are being summoned.

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5G Conspiracy Theories labeled a ‘Complete rubbish’

False theories are being spread on smaller platforms such as Nextdoor, Pinterest and the petitions site Change.org as well as larger ones including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.

Scientists have said the idea of a connection between COVID-19 and 5G is “complete rubbish” and biologically impossible.

Several of the platforms have already taken steps to address the problem but have not banned discussion of the subject outright.

Pinterest, for example, limits its search results for coronavirus and related terms to showing pinned information from recognized health organizations but does not have a comparable restriction for 5G.

Facebook said it had also removed a number of groups that were encouraging attacks on 5G masts.

However, a post entitled “burn baby burn – it’s begun”, which accompanied videos of telecoms equipment ablaze, was only taken down about six hours after it was flagged to the company’s press office.

YouTube bans some types of bogus posts about COVID-19 pandemic, but classes conspiracy theories linking the virus to 5G as “borderline content”, i;e 5G conspiracies are classified as “Borderline Content”.

As a result, it said it tries to reduce the frequency its algorithms recommend them but does not delete the videos from its platform.

A spokeswoman for the Google-owned service said it intended to “evaluate the impact” of this approach. It did, however, remove one video flagged by the BBC that featured threatening language.

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Change.org said its open nature allowed anyone to set up a petition about any issue they cared about but added they must comply with its guidelines to stay online.

“We have removed a number of petitions making unsubstantiated health claims about 5G from the platform,” a spokeswoman added.

Vodafone has said the attacks are “now a matter of national security”.

“It beggars belief that some people should want to harm the very networks that are providing essential connectivity to the emergency services, the NHS, and rest of the country during this difficult lockdown period,” wrote UK chief executive Nick Jeffery.

“It also makes me angry to learn that some people have been abusing our engineers as they go about their business.

“Online stories connecting the spread of coronavirus to 5G are utterly baseless. Please don’t share them on social media – fake news can have serious consequences.”

The GSMA – a trade body that represents the wider mobile industry – also urged social media and other content-hosting providers to “accelerate their efforts to remove fake news” relating to the problem.

The campaign against 5G has been flourishing on social media for the last year.

Facebook, in particular, has been full of groups claiming the technology is dangerous, with many of them also pushing anti-vaccine messages.

Until recently, apart from the odd fact-checking message alongside posts, the companies have done little to combat this trend. Neither Twitter nor YouTube, for instance, has an option in their reporting systems to flag misinformation.

Even on Friday, complaints to Facebook moderators about a group that appeared to encourage arson attacks on 5G masts received replies saying the page did “not violate our community standards” – although after the BBC contacted Facebook’s press office it was taken down.

In normal times, social media platforms are very reluctant to curb what they regard as an essential part of their mission: giving people the right to free expression, however outlandish or unscientific their views.

But these are not normal times.

The government is effectively waging a war against a deadly virus, and keyworkers looking after vital infrastructure are facing abuse, possibly inspired by these social media campaigners.

That means there is now intense pressure on the likes of Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter to combat what one minister has called “dangerous nonsense” – and they will want to be seen to be acting responsibly, even if some of their users cry censorship.

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