*** Intercepts contraband worth millions of Naira
By Sandra Chukwunyere
The established cordial relationship and synergy between the Seme Customs Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and stakeholders especially host communities and other security agencies has been a huge success.
The Customs Area Command (CAC) Seme Border, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo said this during a news conference at the ECOWAS Joint Border Post, Seme-Krake Border, noted that through the closer collaboration with the stakeholders, the surveillance of the border has improved tremendously leading to the interception of large quantities of contraband within a short period after the recent EndSARS protest.
Comptroller Bello listed the seizures made after the EndSARS protests to include three hundred and ninety six (50kg) bags of foreign parboiled rice, one hundred and fifty two Jerry cans of premium motor spirit and six vehicles.
In addition, he said, the enforcement unit of the Command also recorded an unprecedented progress with 128 interceptions worth one hundred and eighty two million, eight hundred and eighty seven thousand, three hundred and forty seven within seven weeks that he assumed office as the area controller of the command.
Explaining further Comptroller Bello noted that “during recent #Endsars protest#, the Command harnessed the existing cordial relationship with the host communities at different levels through adequate and robust engagement with the aim of sustaining peace and tranquility within the nooks and crannies of the border area.
“The community was made to understand that NCS is a partner in progress and always ready to facilitate genuine and compliant traders for the progress and economic development of Nigeria.
“Officers and Men of the Command will continue to exercise their statutory responsibilities in the overall socioeconomic prosperity of the nation.
Comptroller seized the occasion to appreciate the community leaders, the youths and other security agencies, especially the military for their support, patriotism and collaboration.
He promised that the “Nigeria Customs Service will continue to facilitate and encourage compliant traders and at the same time police our borders effectively”.