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No NIN, No Drivers License Begins Next Week – FRSC.

The management of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that all applicants for the National Driver’s License must present the National Identification Number (NIN) before they can be captured for any class of the licenses produced by it with effect from December 21, 2020.

The agency new decision was in compliance with the Federal Government’s directives on the harmonization of citizens’ data by relevant agencies.

In a press statement signed by the Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, all driver’s license applicants are therefore, expected to present their National Identification Number from the date, before they can be attended to, adding that there would be no waiver for anyone.

Kazeem further stressed the need for a harmonized database on citizens’ information which he said is critical to resolving the challenges of identifying individuals to assist security agencies in data collation and quick retrievals to address some of the national security challenges.

He called on members of the public particularly, those going for their driver’s license processing to take note of the directives and carefully follow the procedures for obtaining their NIN from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), which must be verified to be authentic, before action can be taken on their application for the licenses.

Kazeem further stated that all numbers presented by the applicants must correspond with what NIMC issued to individuals for a harmonized database.

The Corps Public Education Officer solicited the cooperation of members of the public to make the policy a success in the collective interest of the nation and commitment to building and maintaining a credible national database on citizens.

He assures that FRSC remains committed to supporting the Federal Government in its resolve to tackling the challenges of citizens’ identification and national security challenges.

While reassuring the driver’s license applicants of improved services at the license processing centers across the country, the FRSC spokesperson reiterated the earlier messages of Corps Marshal Oyeyemi that improved service delivery remains the center point of the Corps’ operations.

He further stressed that with due compliance by all driver’s license applicants, the process of physical capturing at the License processing center would be smooth in line with the improved processes put in place.

Suspend Demurrage Over Bad Port Access Roads – Shippers’ Council agitate.

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has concluded plans to seek the suspension of demurrage on cargoes and other charges relating to delay in clearance of goods at the port.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Barrister Hassan Bello attributed the call to the terrible condition of the roads which has made it impossible for shippers to clear goods from terminals within the three days allowed as well as return empty containers within four days.

In a statement signed by Rekiya Zubair, Head Public Relations of NSC, the state of the roads informed the decision, saying “the condition of the roads has resulted in a standstill traffic around the ports, thereby frustrating the ability of the shippers to perform their obligations”.

Recall that the Executive Secretary of the Council had last week taken a tour of the Tincan Island Port Complex access roads to see the actual cause of the traffic

Earlier, the Council management team visited shipping companies and terminal operators in view of the congestion in the port and how to ensure speedy clearance of goods in the port.

Nigeria Customs Service To Kick Off e-Customs Operation Soon.


The Management of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has concluded plans to launch a fully automated customs operation, tagged e-Customs platforms to enhance efficiency of its operations and raise government revenue.

The National Public Relations Officer of NCS, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah said this at the training workshop organized by Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) in Lagos on Thursday.

According to NCS, e-Customs would enhance and improve operational methodologies in the agency in line with international best practice.

Representing Attah at the workshop, Uche Ejesieme, a Superintendent of Customs said that the introduction of e-Customs was parts of the roles of the Nigeria Customs Service in the blue economy.

He added that the role of the Service in the blue economy would have to do with its initiative towards improving Customs processes and procedures.

According to him, “Our role in the blue economy will have to do with our initiative towards improving customs processes and procedures e.g. you will recall that our automation process began with ASYCUDA, then transited to ASYCUDA++, then we had ASYCUDA 2.7 version, then NCIS 1 and now NCIS 2″.

“Now, the Service is working on a more active platform/system that will be launched next week that will have the capacity to promote future increase in cargo throughput using technology.”

He added that some deliberate steps created by the service in dealing with Trade Related Disputes include; creation of the dispute resolution committee at the headquarters and at area command’s, the committee’s are charged with the responsibilities of identifying trade dispute and addressing them expeditiously with minimal delays.

He said, there is a renewed synergy and collaboration between the Nigeria Customs Service and other critical security and regulatory agencies in seaports, airports and the borders.

He maintained that the initiative has enhanced the speed with which issues are handled without the usual rancour, acrimony and which hitherto was the order of the day.

The marine unit of the Service, he said has helped to confront smugglers at the waterways, making seizures and decimating their heinous activities.

Meanwhile, DSC Attah has disclosed that training and retraining of officers and men of the Service have commenced in readiness for the official take-off of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on January 1, 2021.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari at Nimmey, Niger Republic summit of the African Union on JULY 7, 2019 signed the AfCFTA agreement, making Nigeria the tend African nation to the envisaged largest free trade area in the world.

AfCFTA which among other things will break trade barriers amongst African countries, according to AU will lead to 65 per cent improvement in intra-African trade.

Network Providers Order To Cancel NIN ₦20 Retrieval Charges On Subscribers By FG.

The Federal Government has ordered all network providers to cancel the N20 charge for the retrieval of the National Identification Number (NIN) with immediate effect.

In a statement issued and signed by the Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami on Friday said “The directive which takes immediate effect is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable”.

“In a letter conveying the implementation of the directive, the Executive Vice Chairman NCC and the Director-General of NIMC informed Dr Pantami that the relevant authorities had met with, and negotiated a waiver with the Mobile Network Operators in that regard.

“By this waiver, all Nigerians, subscribers and applicants can access the service using the *346# code for their NIN retrieval at no charge for the duration of the NIN/SIM Card integration exercise.”


The Police Service Commission (PSC) has promoted four Assistant Inspectors General of Police and one Commissioner to the substantive rank of Deputy Inspectors General of Police.

The approval was done on Friday December 18th, 2020 by the Commission during its 10th Plenary Meeting with the new DIGs expected to represent their geo-political zones in the Police Management Team.

In a statement by Ikechukwu Ani, the Commission Head, Press and Public Relations, “The new DIGs are AIG Usman Alkali Baba, currently acting DIG Administration; AIG. Dan Mallam Mohammed, AIG in charge of Zone 13 Ukpo, Anambra State; AIG David Oyebanji Folawiyo, AIG in charge of Zone 17, Akure and CP. Joseph Egbunike, CP, Budget”.

The 13 newly promoted AIG’s ; are CP Augunbiade Lasore, CP Kebbi State; CP Uche Anozie, retired, CP. Kenneth Ebrimson, also retired, CP. Undie J. Adie, CP. Osun State and CP. Olugbenga Adeyanju, CP. Adamawa State.

Others are, CP. Johnson B. Kokumo  presently CP Edo State; CP. Ajani O. Babatunde, Commandant Police College, Ikeja, CP. Olukolu Tairu Shina, retired; CP. Awunah N. Donald, former Force Public Relations Officer and currently Commandant Police Staff College Jos; CP. Hafiz Inuwa, CP. Delta State; CP Garba Baba Umar, CP Interpol; CP Omololu Bishi, CP. Armament; and CP Isaac O. Akinmoyede, presently CP Imo State.

Twenty three Deputy Commissioners of Police promoted to the next rank of Commissioners of Police; are; DCP Godwin Akor Job, retired erstwhile DCP, Administration Abia State Command; Abimbola Adebola Shokoya, DCP OPS, Kwara; DCP Christopher Owolabi, DCP Administration, Bauchi; Olubunmi Osoka, DCP, OPS, Benue; Attahiru Isa, retired; DCP Yekini Adio Ayoku, DCP Administration, Zone 6, Calaba and Olufu Tony Adejoh; DCP Ops, Ebonyi.

Others promoted to Commissioners of Police are DCP Ari Mohammed Ali,  DCP Ops, Lagos, Mamman Sanda Umar; Aliyu Adamu and Haladu Musa Ros-Amson among others.

Some of the 29 ACPs promoted to DCPs are, Emmanuel Ola Toluse; Simeon Udofia Akpanudom; Osagie John Agans-Irabo, Area Commander Aguata; Anambra State; Adedamola Ayilara, Commander PMF 2, Lagos; Michael Okoh; Area Commander Ajaokuta; Hycenth Azuka Edozie; ACP Ops FIIB FHQ, Abuja and Betty Enekpen Otimenyin, former Area Commander, Eleme, Rivers State and currently, Area Commander, Mbaitoli, Imo State.

CSP Olusegun Akanbi; CSP Stanley Egbo; CSP Doughye Blessing; CSP Timoty Olaolu; CSP Emmanuel Anene Ogbuanya, DPO, B Division, Awka; CSP LInus Ogbodo;  and CSP Samuel Awopetu,  2i/c MOPOL 16, Abeokuta, Ogun State were  some of the 91  CSPs promoted to Assistant Commissioners of Police.

The Commission also promoted 599 Superintendents of Police to the next rank of Chief Superintendents of Police. They include;  Etim Okon Inyang, FCT Command, SP. Glory Udoka, O/C Gender Unit, State CID, Enugu; SP Celestina Tochukwu Amadi Kalu, former PPRO, Delta State and currently DPO Ogudu, Lagos State.

The Commission also promoted twenty one Officers who lost their lives during the EndSARS violent protests across the country and another 121`Officers injured during the same crisis.

Commission Chairman, Musiliu Smith presided over the Plenary Meeting and enjoined the beneficiaries to rededicate themselves to the service of their fatherland. He promised that the Commission will continue to ensure that promotion of deserving Police Officers will be prompt and merit driven. He also prayed for the souls of the gallant Police heroes who lost their lives while asking God to condole all families concerned.


Mixed reactions greets the new order by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos command, CP Hakeem Odumosu directing his officers and men to be arresting any ambulance  plying BRT lanes or drive against traffic in the state.

While some people commended the CP for the decision to checkmate the reckless driving of the Ambulance drivers, majority of people who spoke with our correspondent reasoned that the drivers should be warn against recklessness but should be ban to take any available road when on emergency.

One of the people who condemned the CP’s directive to be arresting ambulances that ply BRT lanes and one way contended, “how can the Commissioner of Police gave such directive when it is a matter of life and death?

A legal practitioner, identified as Barr. Akinwale said, “even in advance countries, ambulances are given special consideration on traffic rules and regulations because of the nature of the job”.

“That directive may cause mayhem, especially in the present state of heavy traffic being experience in Lagos State. Relatives of the patient in the ambulance may over react if the law enforcement officers stop the vehicle and probably something terrible occurred to the patient. The Police should find another way of communicating with hospitals in Lagos to instruct the drivers to be caution while discharging their duties”, he reasoned.

It would be recalled that the CP gave the directive with the claims that the order became necessary because of continual disregard to Traffic regulations and  nonchalant attitudes of Ambulance drivers, “who in total  disregard to the earlier sensitization on adherence to  State traffic laws and have continued to drive against traffic as well as recklessly plying the BRT  Corridors 

In a statement by DSP MATILDA UMIAH NGBARONYE, the deputy PPRO, “The CP hereby warns that on no account should ambulances with or without patients drive against traffic or on the BRT lane”.

“Recall that ambulances are allowed the use of sirens and revolving lights to enable them maneuver their way in traffic gridlocks The Commissioner of Police warns that impoundment of ambulances who flout traffic rules have started and it will continue nonstop”, the statement read.

“CP Hakeem Odumosu therefore advises Ambulance  Operators who must ply the BRT lanes, to seek and obtain approval from the Lagos  Metropolitan  Area Transport  Authority, LAMATA”.

“The Commissioner of Police,  Further warned  health Care Providers  who use Ambulances and are fond of plying BRT lanes and driving against traffic to desist from flouting traffic rules or face impoundment as this action of theirs negates section 111 of Lagos State traffic law 2018. Police would not fold its arm when this law is being violated with impunity by members of the public that have penchant for breaking the law”, the statement added.