As the recently transferred Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service( NCS) brace up to resume duties in their new Commands, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba has already mapped out a strategy on how to give itinerant smugglers hell at his new post in Ilorin.
Garba was redeployed as the Acting Commander Sector 3 of the Border Drill Operation after has spent the last 15 months enforcing the border closure policy of the federal government in Seme, one of Africa’s most busiest borders.
He was last week redeployed by the Controller General of Customs (CGC) Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) in a routine redeployment that affected two Controllers and two deputy Controllers.
Others affected in the shake up are Comptroller Muhammed Aliyu, formerly of FOU Zone A, Ikeja who has now been moved to Sector 4 of the National Border Drill Operation: Comptroller Yahaya Usman, formerly Coordinator of Strike Force took over from him while Comptroller A.G Kakudi takes over from Usman.
Comproller Mohammed will now oversee the borders covering six states including: Kwara, Kogi and Niger, Benue, Plateau and Nassarawa states and Federal Capital Territory.
The task before him is enormous, according to those farmiliar with the difficult terrains around the very large border areas, but watchers of the NCS informed the magazine that Comproller Mohammed has a tract record of excellent performance.
The Controller is not also unaware of what the Service expect from him at this very moment when the President Muhamadu Buhari’s adminstration has ordered that the noose be further tightened around the borders to prevent the importation of goods from land borders.
Source close to him told the magazine that he preffered not to disclose his strategy for now even though he has vast knowledge in border policing.
But barely few hours to resumption in Ilorin, from where he will coordinate the Command, palpable fears have gripped smugllers in the area.
‘The Comptroller also told the magazine that he has been instructed by the CGC to seal the borders and cut off smugglers.