|One of the newly-commissioned patrol vessels by the Nigeria Customs Service|
sea-going security patrol vessels to tackle smuggling activities on the
administration, with Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi as the Customs Comptroller
General, but they were never deployed for operations.
Lagos, the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), said
that the vital role of the customs service in the pursuit of the nation’s quest
for non-oil revenue requires it to boost its operations.
face stiff resistance by the NCS anti-smuggling operatives on the land, they
turn to the waterways to carry out their illegal trade.
on water arising from the lack of sea-going vessels to effectively checkmate
smugglers on the high sea, which led to the death of nine Customs marine
officers in 2014.
who died in the service of their fatherland that one of the vessels got its
name, the “Group of Nine.’’
strategic as it would boost the ongoing joint security Ex-Swift Response on
unbundling, now had four Marine commands, namely, Western, Eastern, North and
North-Eastern Marine commands.
of Customs in charge of Zone ‘A’ Headquarters in Lagos, Mrs. Kaycee Ekekezie,
said that the vessels would be a major instrument that would aid the NCS’ fight
getting big catches and all decision-making will now be tripled.
vices will be a thing of the past,’’ she said.
Association of Nigeria (MAN), said that smugglers were the worst enemy of
manufacturers, stressing that “the manufacturers would now be face-to-face with
their own enemies.’’
development, as they would be of great assistance to the nation, particularly
with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTA).
to President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the president was determined to give
support in dealing with problems associated with the nation’s borders.
smuggling are a great concern for the present administration.
blackmailed or compromised by an individual nor entity as its main concern is
the protection of the citizenry protection and national economic growth.
help in stemming criminal activities and in the years to come, more equipment
will be acquired.’’