Nigeria Customs, security agencies to conduct ”Ex-Swift Response” to secure borders

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Hammed Ali, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service

Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Immigration Service, in conjunction with the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security and intelligence agencies, will be conducting a joint border security exercise, codenamed “EX-SWIFT RESPONSE.”

Operation “EX-SWIFT RESPONSE’’ is part of measures being put in by the Nigeria Customs Service to secure Nigeria’s land and maritime borders.  

According to Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attat, Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service, the joint exercise, which will take place in four geopolitical zones of the country, namely South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West, will be coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Members of the public are advised not to panic as the overall objective is to ensure peace and secured country.

‘’It is expected that the exercise will promote interagency cooperation and increase preparedness to address trans-border security challenges such as terrorism, armed banditry, smuggling, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, amongst others.

 ‘’The exercise will also involve the movement of personnel, vehicles and equipment within the affected parts of the country. Therefore, we call on members of the public not to panic and should continue to engage in their normal duties. The overall objective is to ensure a peaceful and secured country in the interest of our National Security,’’ said Attah.

The date for the commencement of the exercise and when it will last not stated.

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