Customs To Tighten Security Along Borders

customsThe Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs  Service in charge of zone A says efforts are ongoing to properly identify all illegal entry and exit points created by smugglers in the south-west.

Mr Eporwei  Edike added that the development came with a view to improve security and revenue in the country.

Addressing customs officers at the area headquarters of Oyo/Osun Customs Command in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Wednesday, Mr Edike charged them to re-dedicate themselves to selfless duty with absolute commitment to ensuring the security of the country.

At the border outstations at Igbeti, Saki and Iseyin, the Assistant Controller General assured the officers on duty that his visit was to give them a sense of belonging and let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated.

He urged the officers to do more especially in the onslaught against arms smuggling, cars and contraband items.

Some of the officers complained of inadequate logistics like: patrol cars and other necessary tools to tackle the smugglers headlong.

The Assistant Comptroller General, however, assured the officers that, the C.G of Customs would address all the shortcomings.

The Comptroller of Customs Oyo/Osun Command, Tope Ogunkua, disclosed that communal briefing and town hall meetings among local communities along border areas, would commence soon.

A traditional ruler, Onigbeti of Igbeti, said that the palace conducts regular sensitization for the locals on the essence of collaborating with security agents and the need to avoid harbouring smugglers is important.

Smugglers Attack Customs Special Task Force In Oyo

custom attackYoung men suspected to be smugglers attacked some Customs officers at Igbeti in Oke Ogun axis of Oyo State brutalizing and damaging properties belonging to the Nigerian Customs Service.

According to the leader of the Task Force and Coordinator of the Comptroller General’s Task Force Team, D.C Shallangwa, the hoodlums attacked his men while on duty brandishing guns, cutlasses and other harmful weapons.

Shallangwa added that his men were well equipped to deal with such challenges but they refrained from the use of retaliatory force so that innocent people would not be affected.

The Deputy Comptroller of Customs further disclosed that the smugglers aimed at killing the morale of his men but they remain undaunted as any attempt to repeat such dastardly act would be resisted.

He also warned that the Task Force would not hesitate to use necessary force to curtail and discourage smuggling activities anywhere in the country.