Customs Joint Security: 33 Illegal migrants, rice, vehicles, PMS, others arrested

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Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service Hameed Ali


The Nigeria Customs Service has stated categorically that the joint security exercise, “Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE,” has begun to yield positive result.

Within a week, according to the Customs, 33 illegal migrants were arrested while seizures include: 3,560-50kg bags of parboiled foreign rice; 59 bags of NPK fertilizer; 15 vehicles; 12 drums filled with PMS; 3 engine boats; 65 drums of groundnut oil; 4 truck; 75 gallons of PMS; 29 motorcycles; 68 gallons of vegetable oil; 70 jerricans of PMS; among other items were made.

The Customs maintained that the joint security exercise was the resolve of Nigerian security agencies to better secure the country’s territorial integrity particularly the land and maritime borders against trans-border security concerns.

‘’The exercise, which commenced barely a week ago has received appreciable support from members of the populace such as border community dwellers and other well-meaning Nigerians. The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), which is coordinating the exercise, is already recording large numbers of seizures and arrests from the 4 sectors comprising the North-West, North-Central, South-West, and South-South geopolitical zones.
‘’As at 26th August 2019, 33 illegal migrants have been arrested while seizures include: 3,560-50kg bags of parboiled foreign rice; 59 bags of NPK fertilizer; 15 vehicles; 12 drums filled with PMS; 3 engine boats; 65 drums of groundnut oil; 4 truck; 75 gallons of PMS; 29 motorcycles; 68 gallons of vegetable oil; 70 jerricans of PMS; among other items.

 ‘’The exercise, led by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other Security and Intelligence agencies have continued to patrol and secure our border areas. While an exercise of this nature is likely to create some inconveniences to members of the public, the overriding interest is to protect the country against transnational security concerns such as smuggling, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, irregular migration, terrorism, armed banditry, amongst a host of other concerns.
‘’This is consistent with the constitutional responsibility of any well-meaning government. We therefore continue to seek the support of all and sundry, to ensure that the desired objectives of Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE are achieved, in order to promote a secured, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria,’’ noted Deputy Comptroller Joseph Atta, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service.

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