ALLEGED ARBITRARY CHARGES: Shipper’ Council Mulls Out-of-Court Settlement With Terminal Operators, Shipping Companies

Coming on heels of a lingering court case between the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, shipping lines agencies and terminal operators over port and other charges, the Council has said that it is open to out of court settlement with the operators.Executive Secretary of the Council; Mr Hassan Bello stated this on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting in Apapa.Bello said that the Appeal Court is likely to give its judgement in the case in the next one month.He however insisted that contentious charges have to be negotiated and approved and that the Shippers’ Council is doing everything possible to bring about a lasting solution.He said: "The wheel of justice is very slow, the court has determined in the first instance that money should be paid to the system to the tune of N1 trillion which is now counting into N7trillion. Our hands are tied; they have gone to obtain an injunction""I am a lawyer, for every movement they make, we also make counter moves. We are at the Court of Appeal currently and the Court of Appeal should in the next one month take a decision. If they go to the Supreme Court we would also go there" "We are not the ones who went to court; they took us to court because they don't agree that their charges should be done in consultation""We are also open to out-of-court settlement if that is the case, but the most important thing is that we have to respect the laws of this country".Police Nab Students, Who Allegedly Impersonated Customs Officers Auctioning Cars 2The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector-General of Police has arrested three students and one other person, who allegedly posed on Facebook as customs officers auctioning cars.The Leader of the IRT, ACP Abba Kyari, confirmed the arrest in Lagos yesterday.He said that two of the students were from the Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, and one is from the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, both in Edo.Kyari said that the suspects also posed on some other social media as customs officers auctioning cars.“After several complaints to the I-G about activities of some fraudsters posing as Nigeria Customs officers on social media and defrauding millions of naira from innocent Nigerians in the guise of auctioning cars, I-G Ibrahim Idris directed the IRT to trace and arrest the criminals.“After analysis of intelligence on ground, two IRT teams were deployed to Edo, and eventually, four suspects were arrested in Ekpoma.“All the suspects confessed to the crimes and stated how they swindled millions of naira from innocent Nigerians while posing as customs officers auctioning cars.“Exhibits such as customs documents, pictures of genuine customs officers they impersonated, bank account numbers they used for the crime, and communication between them and their victims, were found in their phones and laptops,” Kyari said.