The Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Tuesday directed the Nigeria Customs Service to return the bags of rice and money which its officials allegedly seized recently from some shops in the Oja Oba market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that Officials of the NCS had last week invaded the market and carted away eight truckloads of rice and money found in the shops of the affected traders.
The NCS carried out the operation, barely a month after they raided the Bodija International Market, where they also carted away numerous bags of rice.
The development forced the Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Kola Balogun, to forward a petition to the upper chamber on behalf of the beleaguered traders last week.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, referred the petition to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the allegation of invasion and looting against the NCS.
The Senate Committee at its sitting, on Tuesday, condemned the act and described it as totally unacceptable.
The panel then asked the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, represented by his Assistant Comptroller General, Garba Mohammed, to ensure that the seized goods were returned to the affected traders within two weeks.
It also directed that their shops should be unlocked while money taken from the shops must be equally returned.
Members of the panel were unanimous in their condemnation of the NCS, insisting that its action was a breach of the Customs Act and the Executive Order signed by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007.
The legislation empowers the agency to only impound smuggled goods, 40 kilometers radius to the border.
The Chairman of the panel, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, recalled that a similar string operation carried out by the NCS in Katsina State led to the dismissal of the officer, who led the operations.
Policeman, Others Shot Dead In Osun Land Dispute
A policeman, Akinsanya Akingbade, was killed on Friday during a clash between Ileogbo and Iwo communities in Osun State over a parcel of land.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that three other people were also killed while many were seriously injured.
The disputed land is at Asalu at Oke Saji which is the boundary between Ileogbo and Iwo.
As a result of the incident, the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi, has summoned the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, and the traditional ruler of Ileogbo, Oba Abeeb Adetoyese Agbaje, to a security meeting in Osogbo with the Commissioner of Police, Mr Wale Olokode.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the State Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola, while confirming the incident, said one Waheed Adeleye was arrested for the murder of the policeman.
The PPRO said the suspect shot the policeman on his chest with a gun.
Opalola said the deceased was attached to the Ile-Igbo monarch.
The police spokesperson said the remains of the policeman had been deposited at the Osun State University Teaching Hospital in Osogbo.
She said that adequate policemen have been deployed to the communities to prevent further breakdown of law and order.
Kwara Fire Fighters Rescue 40 Year Old Trapped In Flood
A 40 years old man was on Thursday rescued from rising floodwaters in Kwara State by men of the State Fire Service.
“About 18:10hrs of yesterday evening, 6th May, 2021 during the heavy downpour, the Brigade was summoned to a rescue operation around Royal Sekina Hotel, along Ajase-Ipo Road in Ilorin Kwara State,” a statement by the spokesperson of the Kwara State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, reads.
“On getting to the incident, a man of about 40-year-old had been trapped inside the flood. Most importantly, the victim man called Abdulwahab Olarewaju was able to recover well alive by our firemen from this turbulent flood.”
He quoted the fire service boss, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa (CFO), as urging resident “to always be safety cautious especially during the rainfall”.
BREAKING: Former Minister ‘Mama Taraba’ Is Dead
Aisha Alhassan, former Nigerian Minister for Women Affairs is dead.
Alhassan, known widely as Mama Taraba, was appointed as Minister in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that She died at 61 in Cairo, Egypt.
Officials of the Peoples Democratic Party in Taraba State also confirmed her death to one of our correspondents.
AlHassan is a former Minister of Women Affairs and former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Taraba North Senatorial District.
She contested for the same seat on the platform of the UDP in the 2019 general elections after resigning as a minister in the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on July 27, 2018.
The former senator was born on the 16th of September, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State, to Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, Sarkin Ayukan Muri.
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