The Chinese customs operatives have made the world’s biggest seizure of human organs in history as a total of 7221 penises worth $1.15 billion of African origin hidden in a refrigerated freight container.
Acting on information from an anonymous informer, Chinese officers found the organs in 36 boxes labelled as plantains (cooking bananas) inside a refrigerated container on a ship harboured in the Shanghai Port.
Chinese General Administration of Customs spokesman, Li Wu, says an increasingly large number of armed groups in Africa use organ trafficking to finance themselves, making such seizures predictable.
“These organs are common commodities now, but they were certainly harvested in unsanitary conditions or contaminated at some point, so we can’t let them out on the Chinese market.”
Mr. Li says the organs were shipped from Lagos in Nigeria but may have only transited through that country and could possibly originate from elsewhere in Africa.
“We know that penises from Libya and Sudan fetch a higher price than those from other African war zones, but can’t presume of their origin before the end of the investigation.”
The Chinese General Administration of Customs says similar seizures may become more common over the next few years as armed groups in Africa turn to organ trafficking to finance their military operations.
Human penises were seized in nine cases since 2002, but today’s find represents more than four times the amount seized by customs officers over the past 18 years.
Describing the organ’s value as high as illegal drugs, he said that “specimens of this size” usually fetched around $160,000 each on the black market, and its total value was more than $1.15 billion.
The ship’s crew, four Nigerians, two Malians and two Cameronese are being detained for interrogation, but no charges have yet been filed against them.
The Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered immediate dismantling of illegal road blocks along Badagry expressway mounted by the police teams from the State Police Command.
CP Odumosu gave the directive last Friday while addressing the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the command on the general security situation in the state and reviewing the Anti Crime Strategies of the command in order to sustain its feats on crime control and conform with the present happenings in Lagos State.
The directive was in his bid to restore sanity and decency to the operations of the police along the ever-busy international route, Lagos/Badargy Expressway and the State generally.
The Police boss, while reacting to some complaints from the general public and some security reports on the police activities along the international route, ordered the Area Commanders and DPOs whose jurisdictions fall along the Badargy Expressway, which includes Area E, Festac and Area K, Marogbo, to withdraw their men from the illegal road blocks and embark on aggressive motorized patrol and surveillance to police their areas and the route.
CP Odumosu confirmed that the illegal police road blocks along the route have been condemned by the Government, International bodies and interest groups and they must be dismantled without delay.
He however noted that other police operatives from other police formations, outside the supervision of the Lagos State Police, who operate along the route as well, will be contacted to adjust and do the needful to restore sanity to their operations.
CP Hakeem Odumosu then warned the concerned Area Commanders to desist and take necessary action on the full compliance with his order as any defaulter will be sanctioned accordingly.
Delta State Bye Election: CP Muhammed Ali Commends Electorates For Orderliness At Isoko North
The Commissioner of Police, Delta State, CP Ari Muhammed Ali has commended the electorates at the just concluded Isoko North constituency bye election for their orderliness during the exercise.
CP Ali gave the commendation after his supervision and monitoring of security operatives deployed to monitor the conduct of the elections on Saturday.
The Commissioner of police who directed that the deputy commissioner of police in charge operations Delta state DCP Olaleye Faleye to relocate to Isoko north LGA on Friday 9th April 2021, also joined him on Saturday and was on ground all through the election process.
CP Ali described the election as peaceful, free and fair, which according to him, was largely due to the over whelming presence of security operatives which includes other sister agencies.
The Commissioner of police visited the Isoko North local government INEC Office, Egubrie Primary school, unit 5 ward 9 in Uruto hall, Egbo unit inward 2, and also Iyede collation center among others.
The Commissioner of police thanked the electorate for the way and manner they conducted themselves before, during and after the Bye elections and also urged them to remain calm while the results was been collated.
Tin-Can Island Customs Generates N112.6 Bn Revenue In First Quarter Of 2021
A whopping sum of N112.69 billion has been generated by the Tin-Can Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) as revenue collected in the first quarter of 2021.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Mr. Mba Musa who made the declaration said the figure is N21.05 billion higher, indicating a 23 % increase when compared with the revenue of N91 billion collected in the same period under review in 2020.
He said, “The comparative analysis of quarter one revenue collection from 2018 to 2021 are as follows: in 2018, N76,789,721,107.42; in 2019, N78,857,106,168.27; and in 2020, N91,635,998,490.73.
The CAC said that officers of the command had been inspired by the records as they continue to make the best use of technology in carrying out their duties dedicatedly, while observing strictly, the covid19 safety protocols.
He also disclosed, “During the period under review, anti-smuggling activities yielded result with a spectacular seizure of cocaine weighing 43.110kg concealed in Raw Bulk Sugar, arrest of 20 suspects in connection with the seizure and detaining of the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO.
“The Command has handed over the case file, suspects and the vessel to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.”
On trade facilitation, the CAC said that the Command continues to put measures in place with a view to ensuring that legitimate trade get immediate attention as needed.
“Accordingly, the Dispute Resolution Committee and the Help Desk has been re-jigged with a mandate to attend very expeditiously to all trade related disputes. We have also reinvigorated the use of inter-modal transport system (Use of barges for cargo movement in line with global best practices”, he remarked.
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