Tuesday 17th October, 2017
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Kwara command seeks stakeholders' partnership to curb smuggling

Kwara command seeks stakeholders' partnership to curb smuggling

The Area Command, Nigeria Customs Ser­vice (NCS) of Niger, Kogi and Kwara has called on stakeholders to complement its efforts to effectively tack­le the menace of smuggling in the states.

Alhaji Garba Kabiru, the Comptroller of Customs of the command, who made the call on Friday said that efforts from stakeholders such as re­ligious leaders and traditional rulers would help the officers to apprehend those involved in illegal activities in these states.

“All we want is the required intelligence reports on move­ment of smugglers to en­able our field officers con­front them. Our people for a very long time have devel­op a listening cultures from what their religious lead­ers tell them and we will use the opportunity to reached out to them to end the smug­gling businesses for the com­mon good of our economy, ” he said.

Kabiru explained that the religious leaders were expect­ed to make special sermons on the dangers of engaging in smuggling business and the consequences to the nation’s economy.

“We have made available our special squad numbers to the members of National Un­ion of Road Transport Work­ers to alert us on movement of smugglers in all the major roads we are supervising,” he said.

He said that already all ille­gal entry routes and those on transits had been blocked by well-armed personnel in the three states.

“We are ever ready to con­front those that don’t wish our economy well at the battlefield as our well trained personnel are permanently stationed in strategic routes to arrest and prosecution them,” he said.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, he called on officers and men of the area command to continue to put in their best, saying that hard­working ones would be hand­somely rewarded.