NCS Marine Command trains 80 officers on anti-smuggling operations

Yusuf  Umar, CAC, Western Marine Command

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Western Marine Command on Monday commenced the second batch training of 45 officers to combat smuggling activities, in addition to 35 officers earlier trained.

 Mr Yusuf Umar, the Customs Area Controller of the command told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Lagos that the training was meant to equip the operatives to use superior fire arms while battling with smugglers.

He said that the training of the operatives in the use of AK-47 riffle became necessary, considering how daring the smugglers had become.

``The smugglers have become very daring and more sophisticated.

``With our expectation of the sea-going bullet-proof vessels, which will allow us go right into the sea, we have to be prepared to combat any crime going on at sea.

``We want to make sure that we use modern arms and ammunition in case our officers and men come across these dare-devil smugglers.

``This will enable us to match them force for force in modern equipment, ‘’ Umar said.

The controller told NAN that 45 officers of the command participated in the second batch training today, after the first batch of 35 operatives had been trained.

``So far, 35 of my officers and men have been rained on the use of AK-47, which took them 10 days.

``Another batch of 45 officers has started their training today,’’ the controller said.

Umar also told NAN that the operatives of the command were being trained by experts from the Federal Operations Unit, Zone `A’ after a written approval was given to his request.

He said that when the second batch of operatives ``complete their training, all those trained would be put through a shooting range test at the Nigerian Army range ground’’.