Customs assures of collaboration with security agencies to tackle border crime
The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that effective border collaboration among all the relevant security agencies remains the only panacea for National security at the nation’s busiest land border.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) Compt. Mohammed Aliyu, stated this while directing the construction of a wall fence to block illegal route that may purportedly be used by miscreants for various cross border crimes.
Highlighting the series of arms and ammunition seizures that were made in 2016 at the Nigeria seaport, Aliyu said the command is ensuring that all identified loopholes at the border are fully sealed.He emphasized that the use of the functional scanner machine has made it impracticable for any concealment to pass through.He further stated that the command realized N438.6 million for the month of May 2018, adding that the command’s commitment towards intelligence driven operations has led to the arrest and seizures of 130 contraband goods with a total duty paid value (DPV) of N95.5 million.
The Controller, who is also the chairman of the Joint Border Security Meeting (JBSM), promised to ensure an effective collaboration among the security agencies at the border for efficient border management and that security is not compromised.
He reiterated the command’s resolute determination in suppressing trans-border crimes to the barest minimum, as he promised that the command would continue to enforce the Federal Government’s policies on all restricted and prohibited items through the ever busy Lagos-Abidjan international corridor.
He reaffirmed his unflinching support to the reform agenda of the Comptroller General of Customs, Ahmeed Ali stressing that at the command level, he is working assiduously as a reformer to ensure all anomalies that pose a threat to the security of the nation and threat to trade facilitation are addressed and corrected.
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