Nigeria Customs to deploy drones in fresh approach to tackling smuggling

…Launches 30 Patrol Vans

Plans have been concluded for the deployment of drones in tackling smuggling activities through illegal paths on land borders, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has disclosed.

The Deputy Comptroller-General (DIG) in charge of Investigation, Alh Aminu Dangaladima, made this known in Abuja when the Customs Service launched 30 more patrol vehicles which are expected to be deployed for anti-smuggling operations.

On the use of the drones, Dangaladima said the Service would be partnering with the Nigeria Air force.

He said: “we are thinking of having drones and bringing in the Air Force. We are also thinking of having unmanned aerial vehicles these are drones and others that can assist us. This will go a long way in assisting us to combat smuggling. This is in progress.”

He said that the Service was determined to combat the smugglers who he described as Nigeria’s enemies of security and economic prosperity.

He added, “With these vehicles, our response time at the scene of any smuggling activity will be swift and decisive.”

He called on the general public to volunteer information to the Customs on the activities of smugglers, adding that this will help a great deal in addressing the issue of economic sabotage.
The newly-launched patrol vans were additions to 20 of such that were launched two weeks ago.