Customs impounds bags of rice, fertilizer, arrest 117 suspects

Customs Nat'l Public Relations Officer, DC Attah

By Sandra Chukwunyere

The Office of the National Security Adviser ONSA has received reports of large numbers of seizures and arrests from the North West, North Central, South West and South South geopolitical zones few weeks into the intensive joint border patrol by security agencies.

 Consequently 100 illegal immigrants have been arrested while seizures made include: 8,360-50kg bags of parboiled foreign rice, 122 bags of fertilizer, 77 vehicles, 781 drums filled with PMS, 1,491 packs of assorted drugs  3 outboard 40HP Engines; 13 cotonou boats; 185 drums of groundnut oil; 6 trucks; 114 motorcycles; among other items alongside 117 suspects. As part of the efforts to sustain the rigorous patrol along the national borderlines, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), Comptroller General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandade and the  Coordinator of the exercise, Brig Gen Emmanuel Aliyu Ndagi  have commenced an on the spot assessment of the implementation and compliance of the ongoing border security drills.  The exercise, which is being led by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security and intelligence agencies is intended to better secure the  borders, boost national economy and strengthen border security. Also Ndagi implored  all Nigerians, especially members of the business community to see the exercise as an opportunity to further create a conducive environment for local businesses to thrive  in the overall interest of national security and development.

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