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  • Updated: October 03, 2023

Attacks On Our Officers Worrisome — NCS

Attacks On Our Officers Worrisome — NCS

The incessant attacks of its operatives by suspected smugglers has been declared as a cause of concern by the Ogun 1 Area Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

This is as it has called on the youths in the state to assist in stemming the tide.

The Area Controller, Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu, said the attacks had claimed lives and left many disabled.

Shuaibu disclosed this during the 5th annual independence symposium organised by the Ipokia Local Government Youth Forum (IPYF) in conjunction with the NCS Ogun 1 Area Command.

The symposium held at Idiroko, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State was themed, '‘Smuggling And Hoarding of Petroleum Products: Effects on Border Communities And National Security" 

Shuaibu regretted that the command had recorded attacks ranging from mob actions, blocking of access roads and various confrontations with suspected smugglers and their sympathisers, sometimes leading to loss of lives.

Represented by Deputy Comptroller, Charles Ogunesan, the Area Controller opined that smuggling activities do not only disrupt economic development and social wellbeing, but also endanger national security.

“Over the years, the Command had recorded series of horrible and unwanted experiences in our line of lawful duties.

“We have lost scores of officers to death and permanent disability while our dear communities had also lost many of their members to the evil of this unfortunate demon called smuggling. It is high time we say no to smuggling considering the dangers inherent in it,” he said.

Shuaibu informed that the command made seizure of goods worth N1.5billion in the last nine months.

He stated that if the amount had been spent on legitimate trading, it would have aided the growth the economy of the area.

The Customs boss, therefore, called on youths and other stakeholders in the area to support the NCS in combating smuggling.

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