Customs partners Defence Intelligence Agency for enhanced security

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The Nigeria Customs Service is partnering Defence Intelligence Agency for robust intelligence sharing.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Wale Adeniyi, during a meeting with the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Abuja, said the meeting was to promote security and forge strong working relations.

He said the partnership would be particularly in the area of more robust intelligence sharing, in order to address security challenges across the border areas.

“It is our strong desire to deepen this kind of partnership to ensure that we benefit more from it,” he said.

Adeniyi added that the partnership would also be in the area of capacity building and security projects.

“The major objective of this delegation is to maintain and deepen the relationship between the Nigeria Customs Service and the DIA.

“We believe that we can draw strength from collaborating with other government agencies.

The customs boss further said, “we have extensively worked with the Armed Forces Command and Staff College to rebuild the capacity of our officers in the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College.

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“Additionally, I have personally worked on collaborative security projects in the past, such as the Security Impact Collaboration,” he said.

Air Vice Marshal Samuel Chinda, Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence, who represented Chief of Defence Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Parker, said the collaboration was necessary, to combat border threats.

Speaking on the need to include officers in various intelligence training, Chinda said Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College would continue to contribute to enhancing the proficiency of customs officers.

“The Defence Intelligence Agency is open to partnerships in training and operations with the Nigeria Customs Service,” he said.

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