Be Pro - active In Tackling Smugglers, Stop Creating Tension, Chaos in Ota,  Olota Tells Nigeria Customs - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, January 21, 2019

Be Pro - active In Tackling Smugglers, Stop Creating Tension, Chaos in Ota,  Olota Tells Nigeria Customs

                        • Oba Obalanlege

Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The Olota of Ota, Aworiland, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege has called on the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), Ogun State Command, to use pro - active method to combat smuggling of banned goods and items into the state rather than resorting to "chase" and  "raid"  that often result to tension, chaos and sometimes, needless loss of lives.

 Obalanlege said he is averse to illegality allegedly  being perpetrated by smugglers but added that Operatives of the NCS in the state should ensure safety of lives and property in Ota area  as well as find a lasting solution to the incessant clashes between rice marketers and the Operatives.
 The Monarch made this known when he met with Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Agbara, Michael Ojobo at the Idiroko Command Office, to  express concern at the frequent raids at Sango-Ota market in search of foreign rice by Custom  Operatives.

  The Professor of Mass Communication and former don,   urged  the Command to be proactive at the border posts, rather than coming into the city to create tension during raids.

According to him, the Customs should come up with an advocacy, aimed at educating the rice traders on the need to encourage and patronise locally produced rice.
 Also speaking at the meeting, the Seriki of Ota, High Chief Olanrewaju Bashorun, advised the Nigeria customs to explore other means of stopping the smugglers at the borders, instead of raiding markets to avoid loss of lives.

In his response, Comptroller Ojobo, lauded the Olota and  other stakeholders from Aworiland for their timely intervention, describing the visit as the beginning of good relationship between the Command and Ota residents.
The Comptroller, however, warned that he would not allow individuals to turn Ota, especially Sango, into a smuggling hub in the State.
“Most of the affected marketers are the ware house owners, who are operating interstate smuggling and have chosen Ota as a transit point. 

"Our efforts are aimed at achieving one of the core functions of customs, which is trade facilitation and to passionately key into the Federal Government Executive order on ban of imported rice," he said.

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