Customs arrests ambulance driver, escort for smuggling N2.8m Tramadol from Apapa port

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area one Command has on Wednesday said it arrested a driver of an ambulance belonging to Medbury Medical Services and his escort for smuggling 10 cartons of 225 miligram (mg) of stolen Tramadol out of Apapa Port.

The Medbury ambulance with registration number LND605XW, which original responsibility was to provide emergency medical services in Apapa port, was intercepted with the contraband drugs worth over N2.8 million, while trying to smuggle the drugs out of the ports in an emergency manner.

The seizure was in line with the Federal Government’s ban through the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on the importation of Tramadol in excess of 100mg.

Briefing newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday, Muhammed Abba-Kura, Customs Area Controller of the command, who paraded the vehicle and the drugs in Apapa Port, said two male suspects named Michael Ajibade, driver of the Medbury ambulance and Olatunde Emmanuel, escort, were arrested in connection with the illegal deal.

According to him, investigations are on going to further uncover those behind the deal.

“On the night of Friday 12 July 2019, at about 2300 hours (11.00pm), my officers on routine surveillance intercepted an ambulance suspected to be leaving the port with offending articles of trade. Upon examination, the ambulance was discovered to be carrying 10 cartons of 225mg Tramadol tablets valued at N2.8 million,” he said.

Abba Kura disclosed that further investigations have revealed that the drugs were stolen from a container waiting for examination in Apapa port. “About 211 cartons of Tramadol with Duty paid Value of N59.3 million were missing from the containers, and we are yet to trace them.

“It is regrettable to state that while the Customs is working round-the-clock to free this country of illicit … Read More...

Dele Fajemirokun’s book advances enterprise culture in Nigeria

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Entrepreneur and business mogul with hands on different sectors of the economy including insurance, pensions, hospitality, security among others, Dele Fajemirokun, has launched a book titled: “The Making of Me: The Odyssey in Business,” which analysts say advances enterprise culture in Nigeria.

The book, which is his autobiography, is a personal account of Fajemirokun’s grass to grace story, which provides highlights on his humble beginnings and family background, and his journey through life in business and his various accomplishments till date.
Also the book, which provides solutions to business and foundation for entrepreneurship, contains strategic ways to achieve success in business and serves as resource materials for future generations of businessmen and women.

Fajemirokun in his welcome remark during the book launch in Lagos said he wrote the book to record those things he involved in during his lifetime as well as share his experiences for the benefits of future generations.
“What happens in the field is different from the theories we learnt in the classroom, and that is the real essence of this book,” he said.
While speaking on the secret of his success he said, “I have never been afraid of falling down but you can never meet me down because falling down is not a failure but staying down is the failure.”

“I developed a survivalist spirit very early on in life as a result of the special upbringing my father gave me, something that he did not do for his other children. All my life I have been a survivalist – a fighter and this has been the hallmark of my existence,” he said.
He advised entrepreneurs and those in business against procrastination and also gave a personal view on how attitude could either grow or destroy business.
He said there … Read More...

What to do when you’re caught in a lie (even an unintentional one)

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People lie, on average, one or two times per day. While the percentage of lies told by a person, the conditions under which we lie and the degree to which the truth gets stretched all vary, research agrees: We all do it sometimes. So it’s inevitable that, at some point, we will get caught.

Many people, however, don’t see it that way. Most of us believe that our lies actually work. But frequently there are cues, if we’re willing to see them, that indicate skeptical doubt, even outright disbelief, on the faces of those we lie to.

If you sense that spinning information, denying a mistake or exaggerating a contribution has backfired, don’t assume things will be OK after the painful silence or furrowed eyebrows subside. Your reputation is now in question. Here’s how you can earn back some of your credibility:

— REFLECT ON WHY YOU LIED: Dishonesty is never random. Underneath our lies are unmet needs that we believe lying might satisfy. Identifying these needs is the first step to finding healthier ways to fulfill them. Think about the last time you lied at work. Did you feel overlooked or unfairly judged by your boss? Did you fear your mistake would be more harshly criticized than warranted? My research on dishonesty, a 15-year longitudinal study on conditions that predict why people lie in organizations, reveals that some companies may be unwittingly creating circumstances that actually encourage us to lie. For example, when we feel our work is being unfairly evaluated, we are almost four times more likely to be dishonest.

— ASSESS THE CREDIBILITY DAMAGE: Pay attention to how people now respond to you. Is your opinion being solicited less? Are things you say being engaged differently than before? As you recognize signs … Read More...

FRSC sets deadline for road unworthy trucks

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The Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) says articulated vehicles without minimum safety standards would be barred from operating in the nation’s ports and tank farms as from September 1.

Boboye Oyeyemi, the corps marshal, made this known while flagging off “Operation Safe-to-road” on Lagos-ibadan Expressway on Monday.

Oyeyemi, represented by the assistant corps marshal, Victor Nwaokolo, in charge of command administration and strategy, FRSC, headquarters, said that the corps was passionate about

maintaining sanity on major highways.

The corps marshal said that the “Operation SafeTo-load” was in line with the Federal Government’s concerns for haulage operations in the country.

He said that the Federal Government had set up inter-ministerial committee on haulage operations headed by Secretary to the government of the federation with all other stakeholders as members.

Oyeyemi said that implementation of the committee’s mandate was ongoing and would be concluded with action plan.

According to him, very soon, there will be policy statement from the Federal Government on the haulage operations.

“The haulage operation in Nigeria has been taken care of, and this is just a start of it. “This will go on simultaneously with sensitisation slated to hold between July and August.

“From September 1, something will happen, something very good. Very soon, we will bring sanity to haulage operation in Nigeria.

“What is this all about? It is that all these, whether wet or dry cargo vehicles, keep to the minimum safety standard. If they don’t have it, they will not be on the road.

“There will be no operation (for articulated vehicles) in the Nigerian Port Authority- the port, no operation in the tank farms except the vehicles meet these minimum safety standards,” FRSC chief said.

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INEC official was caught with $10,000 on election day in Nasarawa, Atiku’s witness tells tribunal

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A witness for the petitioners from Nasarawa State,  Peter Alli, Tuesday told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja,  that an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abubakar Kaura, was found with a $10,000 on the day of election.

Ali, who said he was the ward collation officer for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), also alleged that the $10,000 was a bribe for the INEC officer to manipulate the outcome of the election results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Under cross examination by INEC counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN),  Ali admitted he reported the matter to the police which he claimed was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Bureau for further investigation.

When asked if he knew whether anyone was charged for the said allegation,  he affirmed he did not know, adding that he does not have any report concerning the outcome of the investigation.

Further, Ali said the claim was not hearsay evidence, saying he personally witnessed the alleged $10,000 found in the custody of the INEC officer.

Also, the INEC counsel asked him if he signed form EC88 under duress. Responding, he said he signed it voluntarily mainly because his party won in the ward.

The witness also asserted that out of the 24 units in the ward, he was only able to receive results of 23 units excluding the unit where the allegation of bribing was allegedly perpetrated.

Other witnesses who testified for the presidential candidate the PDP in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, and the party, posited Atiku was bonafide Nigerian.

Leading the team of the witnesses, a retired career diplomat, Ambassador Mabien Zamaki told the tribunal that Atiku was a Nigerian by birth and nationality, and was therefore legally qualified for the presidential … Read More...