allegation by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) that Customs
operatives deployed at border stations in Kebbi and Sokoto States have been
deployed at border stations in Kebbi and Kastina States have been withdrawn on
a verbal directive by an unnamed official of the federal government, raising
fears of insecurity at the border post.
Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi in a statement on Tuesday said there was no such directive whatsoever, verbal or written
to its personnel posted to Kebbi/Sokoto and Kaduna/Katsina Commands to withdraw
from the borders or their patrol bases.
the Comptroller General only last week directed a reinforcement of patrol teams
across the country. The Sokoto/Kebbi axis was beefed up with the deployment of
a special squad in view of a reported incident between Customs and smugglers.
Immigration Service and other sister government
confirmed that they did not receive any such withdrawal directive.
governments in the north-west axis to reassure them that our officers are at
alert on their duty posts, and should regard the withdrawal allegation as
baseless and mere speculation,” Adeniyi said.