CUSTOMS BLAMES RISING SMUGGLING FOR CONTINUED CLOSURE OF IDIROKO BORDER

Nigeria Customs Service has promised to re-open the Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic in Ogun State, if smuggling activities reduces in the axis.

The agency also plans to establish a complaint line to accommodate various complaints on its operations in the Ogun west.

It also promises to compel its officers in the axis to always put their name tags on their uniforms, and to stop banging stick on people’s vehicles.

The customs comptroller in charge of Ogun State one command, Dera Nnamdi, gives this indication, while receiving a delegation of Ogun State chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria at his Idiroko office.

He was responding to complaints by the youth leaders of sporadic shooting by Customs operatives while chasing smugglers in the Ogun west, and the proliferation of customs checkpoints between Igbogila and Ibeshe.

The delegation also expressed concern over the hostility of customs at checkpoints and the unruly behaviors of the Camp Boys.

The customs comptroller acknowledging their complaints, said that more customs checkpoints were created in Ogun west, because of the large number of illegal entry points into Nigeria from Benin republic in the state, created by smugglers through the forests in the area.

According to Nnamdi, the activities of the smugglers are depriving the country of its projected revenue from imports through the Sea Ports in Lagos.

The customs chief pleads with the youth’s delegation to assist in re-orientating youths in ogun west, to distance themselves from smuggling.

He also encourages youth in the area to participate in the ongoing recruitment into the Customs, by applying through the online platform.

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