Border Security: Customs Seeks Greater Inter-agency Collaboration

09 Nov 2012

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John Iwori

In order to ensure security of lives and property at Seme border station, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has called for collaboration with other government agencies.
The NCS said collaboration would ensure effectiveness in addressing the nation's security challenges especially at the border station.

Customs Area Controller (CAC), Seme Border Command, Comptroller Saleh Abdu Othman. stated this at the maiden joint meeting of security agencies in the area.
Othman, who presided over the meeting, called for increased cooperation and sustained intelligence sharing among various security agencies in the country, as a way to addressing her security challenges.

He enjoined all agencies of government to bring their wealth of experience and trainings together to ensure that only legitimate businesses and genuine traders are allowed to operate within the nation's busiest land frontier in Seme.

He said the vast expanse of land bordering Nigeria with Benin Republic and the existing trade tie between the country and other member states of the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS), coupled with the nation's recent security challenges, has made it imperative for all government security agencies to redouble their efforts.

Othma announced an enhanced round-the-clock border patrol to prevent, detect, interdict and arrest any form of illegal import or export and track down persons suspected to be terrorists or criminals.

The meeting identified the deplorable state of the Badagry-Lagos Express Way as an impediment to the flow of trans-border trade as many trucks conveying imported goods into the country often suffer various degrees of mishap, which results in losses.

Urging the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to intervene and effect repairs of the road ahead of the planned expansion project,it was also viewed that the state of the road may have scared importers from using the border for their imports and exports.

Representatives of various agencies like the Army, Navy, Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Quarantine Services, Port Health Service, NAFDAC and SON, who attended the meeting, reiterated their support for Othman's call for improved inter-agency working relationship.

Othman had earlier on resumption visited the heads of the various agencies at the border and has since commenced a working tie with them. This resolve was displayed when the Comptroller handed over an arrested couple suspected to have imported cannabis worth N3.2 million to the NDLEA.

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