Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that 100 illegal migrants have been arrested and following items – 8,360-50kg bags of parboiled foreign rice; 122 bags of fertilizer; 77 vehicles; 781 drums filled with PMS as well as 16,371 empty 200 litres drums to be used for smuggling PMS have been seized.
Other items seized were 1,491 packs of assorted drugs; 3 outboard 40HP Engines; 13 Cotonu boats; 185 drums of groundnut oil; 6 trucks; 114 motorcycles. 117 suspects were arrested along with the items.
According to information, the arrest and the seizures were made by a joint border patrol by the Customs and the Immigration in collaboration with other security agencies.
The information noted that the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), Comptroller General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandade and the Coordinator of the exercise, Brig Gen Emmanuel Aliyu Ndagi have commenced an on the spot assessment of the implementation and compliance of the ongoing border security drills.
On the spot assessment by eggheads of these agencies was part of the efforts to sustain the rigorous patrol along the national borderlines.
‘’Accordingly, we continue to appeal to the patriotic spirit of all Nigerians, especially members of the business community to see the exercise as an opportunity to further create a conducive environment for local businesses to thrive in the overall interest of national security and development,’’ said Deputy Comptroller of Customs Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service.
The joint security 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 is intended to better secure our borders, boost national economy and strengthen border security.