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Customs intercepts N300m worth of elephant tusks in Cross River

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The Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 52 units of elephant tusks in Mfum, a border town in the Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River.

The Customs Area Comptroller for Cross River State, Cross River Free Trade Zone, and Akwa Ibom Command, Ahmed Waziri, revealed this at a news conference in Calabar on Monday.

Waziri said the arrest was made by customs operatives in Mfum on Thursday, adding that the tusks, weighing 200kg, were valued at N300 million.

According to him, a Cameroonian, Mohammed Ibrahim, was arrested with the items. He was suspected to be on his way to Lagos for onward transportation of the items to another location when he was apprehended.

Waziri said a preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect specialised in the exportation of tusks across international borders.

The comptroller said the suspect was apprehended in a Honda SUV truck with registration number FST 733 HH and chassis number 2KZYK16428H500704.

“The suspect has two number plates, (Lagos) FST 733 HH and (CMR) LT 214 AY, and a service pistol was discovered inside the vehicle with live ammunition.

“This arrest should be a warning that Nigeria will not be used as a transit route for illicit products. They should also know that Nigeria is a signatory to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), an international agreement between governments.

“It is important our border communities wake up and live up to their responsibilities because many of such items pass through their domain in most cases without their knowledge,” he said.

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BREAKING: School Building Collapses In Jos, Students Trapped

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A two-storey building housing Saints Academy School located in Busa Buji, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State collapsed on Friday morning, leaving scores injured

The building caved in while school was in session as the secondary school students were receiving lectures.

Rescue operation is ongoing, with security agencies and rescue operators battling with excavators to rescue students and teachers buried under the rubble.

The number of casualty figures has yet to be ascertained.

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Gunmen Kidnap Ex-Ekiti Varsity Don Professor Olaofe, Demand N50m Ransom

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Gunmen on Tuesday abducted a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (EKSU), Professor Femi Olaofe, in his residence at Housing Estate, Ado- Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.

Olaofe, a native of Are-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area, is a Professor of Industrial Chemistry, who recently retired from the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.

An Eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, revealed that Professor Olaofe returned to Ado Ekiti on Monday after a short visit to Lagos, where he had gone to see his children.

“We saw him on Monday when he returned from his trip to Lagos. We greeted and exchanged pleasantries. We also saw his gateman who lives with him. As a retired Professor, his house is very calm and always quiet. We have been neighbours for a long time. Anytime he drives out he will always wait to say hello.

“On Tuesday, we noticed that the gate of his house was left opened. This was strange, because the gate is always closed. We approached the gate with the intention to call the security man to shut the gate. We called the security man, there was no answer.

“We made our way into the living room, as we got closer, we noticed the door to the living room was widely opened. We shouted Professor thrice! There was no response. We decided to go around the compound, and yet we couldn’t find anyone.

“At this point we became suspicious that something had happened. We thereafter, decided to approach the Divisional Police Station, Housing Estate where we made a report. The police quickly swung into action.

“It was yesterday that we had a report of how some kidnappers came into his house and demanded for the key to his car. We learnt that he was taken away in the car along with his security man.”

Meanwhile, the Are- Ekiti Development Association (ÀŔEDAA) has charged the Ekiti State Police Command to do everything humanly possible to secure the release of the Don, as the kidnappers are demanding for N50 million ransom.

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Police arrest couple over attempt to sell son, travel abroad

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The Police Command in Lagos State says it has arrested a couple (name withheld), over an alleged attempt to sell their two-year-old son to travel to Canada.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.

Mr Hundeyin said that the couple, aged 28 and 22, were arrested on Tuesday, while attempting to sell the boy off.

The spokesperson said that on Tuesday, at about 2.45 p.m., the Isolo Divisional Police Officer, DPO, received information that a couple went to Isolo General hospital and declared their intention to sell their baby boy.

“Upon receipt of the information, operatives from the station moved swiftly to the hospital where they were about to sell their child.

“The baby’s age is two and he has been rescued. Upon interrogation, the couple confessed that they decided to sell the baby to enable the man to travel to Canada for a greener pasture.

“However, the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

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