SMUGGLING! Customs Beg Border Communities For Help
The fight against smuggling by the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS has been going on since Imo River, but many more banned items continue to find their way into the country.
To help in the war, the NCS is now asking Nigerians who live in border communities for help.
On Monday, January 28th, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), made the call at a news conference to mark International Customs Day (ICD) in Abuja.
The World Customs Organisation (WCO) dedicates every January 26 for the celebration and improvement of efficiency in the service.
The organisation was established as the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) in 1952 and it has it’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Ali also urged the border communities to assist the Customs in fishing out criminals who, on daily basis, kill Customs officers operating in their domain.
Ali alleged that the connivance and support of border communities to smugglers was worrisome, adding that the service would not hesitate to enforce extant laws to deal with the situation.
“Enough is enough, if a community decides to be on the side of criminals, they are also criminals, and they will be treated as such,” he said.
He urged border dwellers and port users to support the service by reporting any smuggling activity to the nearest Customs formation.
The Customs boss said that the service, under his leadership, was determined to deal decisively with smugglers because their illicit activities were sabotaging the nation’s economy.
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