Customs partners Armed Forces against smuggling

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The Nigeria Customs Service has reiterated it’s commitment to collaborate with the Armed Forces of Nigeria to tackle smuggling.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Wale Adeniyi, said the military’s critical role in national security was critical, adding that it’s role in the war against smuggling was not an exception.

He said there was a need for relevant agencies of government and other critical stakeholders to untie to move the nation forward, adding that “we stand stronger when we work together.”

On past collaborations with the Defense Headquarters, Adeniyi said the service had received support in the area of capacity building, joint operations and training exercises.

He stressed that the service was committed to exploring innovative solutions to challenges, leveraging technology and working closely with other government agencies.

The Comptroller-General proposed an intensified joint exercise between the service and the military in the near future.

He said it was important to have frequent unannounced operations to demonstrate a show of force, to act as deterrent to criminals.

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Adeniyi said shared experiences were important in training and facilitating better understanding of operational contexts.

He commended expressed satisfaction with the support been provided by the armed forces in various operations, particularly in civil-military cooperation initiatives.

The customs boss stressed the importance of information sharing and the need for collaborative efforts to address porous borders and challenges posed by non-state actors.

He assured the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, of Customs’ continued support, stressing the prioritisation of clearing military consignments and participation in training programmes.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, commended customs for the critical role been played by the service in the nation’s security landscape.

He highlighted the indispensable nature of the service, adding that without their contribution, the country’s defense efforts would be severely compromised.

He commended the Customs boss for his leadership and dedication since assuming office, stressing the challenges faced by the country, particularly with regard to the global economic downturn.

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He stressed the importance of inter-agency cooperation in tackling non-state actors and securing the nation.



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