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Customs upscales officers’ capacity to check reckless shooting, says Adeniyi 

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
22 September 2023   |   3:24 am
Acting Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adeniyi, has declared that era of accidental shooting of innocent people among men and officers of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is over. He also hinted that Customs under his watch would not allow any element to sabotage the country’s economic through smuggling of contrabands into country. The CGC stated…

Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi

Acting Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adeniyi, has declared that era of accidental shooting of innocent people among men and officers of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is over.

He also hinted that Customs under his watch would not allow any element to sabotage the country’s economic through smuggling of contrabands into country.

The CGC stated this, yesterday, at the Passing Out Parade (POP) of 956 recruits of Basic Course 1/2023 at the NCS training school in Kano.

Adeniyi, who acknowledged incidences of accidental discharge and killing of innocent Nigerians by Customs officers, however, attributed the ugly development to capacity deficit.

According to him, the Service is activating fresh capacity building in ammunition handling and ensuring rifles are only entrusted to officers and men with right mental ability to handle them.

He said: “In the past, we have seen deficit in adequate capacity to handle weapons in our men, and that is what gave birth to incidences of reckless shooting of innocent persons. It is either they were not adequately trained, or they did not give attention to it.”

“But the incidences in the country in the past months have challenged us to entrust our weapons to those properly equipped to handle them and those who have the right mental capacity to do so. From what we have seen today, we have the assurance that we are working towards that.”

On smuggling, the CGC stressed that Customs would not give it room to strive because we have the commitment of government to enhance local investment opportunity, adding that the Service would not allow contraband materials to circumvent local production.

“I think smuggling, generally, is an act of sabotage; and the President has demonstrated his readiness to give some kind of renewed vigour and renewed hope to our economy,” he said.