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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Use Your Position To Fight Menace Of Smuggling, Customs Urges Ogun Youths



The Daily Crucible | Published Thursday, December 16, 2021

Ogun Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday, urged the state chapter of the National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) to use its status to partner with the Federal Government in fighting the menace of smuggling in the country.

The Customs Area Comptroller (C.A.C.) for Ogun 1 Command, Dera Nnadi gave the advice when he received the State Executive members of NYCN in his office at the Command's headquarters in Idiroko border.

Nnadi urged the youth leaders to leverage on their positions to educate youths on the menace of smuggling and cross bother crimes for which Ogun State has been tagged as a war zone in the FG's efforts at actualising the objectives of growing the nation's economy.

The C.A.C. Ogun Area 1, who lauded the efforts of the youth, said the Nigerian Customs and Federal Government would appreciate situations whereby the youths partner the Service towards actualising the objectives of eradicating smuggling activities in Ogun.

Citing claims that unemployment was the driver of smuggling activities, Nnadi asked the youths to take advantage of the ongoing recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Customs Service to better their careers in life, stressing that the Service always accorded high priorities to nativity of the border communities each time it is recruiting.

"The South West gave birth to NYCN in 1964 and Ogun State produced the first President of the council. It is our expectations that the Ogun State chapter of NYCN will leverage on this glorious antecedent and join NCS to fight the menace of smuggling and other cross border crimes in the state.

"We need to reiterate that Ogun State is a trade hub where legitimate trade thrives and indeed, the Customs Command is the facilitator. We wish to obtain the assurances of the great Ogun State Youths to support NCS in this quest of presenting a new face of the Gateway State.

"It is essential we enable and sustain this image in line with historical antecedent of the state as the forbearer of several aspect of our national development.

"I have no doubt that like your predecessors were known for fighting injustice and crimes in the society, you will join us to actualize this objectives.

Disclosing that the youths' visit coincided with the official launching of the additional 4 Units of special anti - smuggling patrol Toyota Hilux vehicles donated to the command by the Controller General Customs (CGC), Ahmed Ali, he urged the NYCN executives to assist in passing the message across the specialized equipment was originally meant to prevent external aggression against the country, but without any hesitation to fight smuggling activities as well.

While expressing the assuring optimisms that NCS will organize a forum to further educate greater number of Ogun youths on the need to support the Service, Comptroller Nnadi however, promised that his command will continually instill it in the psyche of its personnel on the need to adhere to the rules of engagement in the course of dealing with members of the, border communities, stressing that "we urge them to expose smugglers and criminals in their midst".

Earlier, NYCN state chairman, Comrade Abdul -Jabar Ayelaagbe, said the body had appealed to the NCS leadership in Ogun 1 Command to prevail on their operatives to desist from the habit of "indiscriminate firing within towns," saying each time they were on the trail smugglers.

Ayelaagbe in his address explained that indiscriminate shooting of firearms within the towns by NCS anti-smuggling operatives have always resulted in the death of innocent souls, a situation which he said smugglers usually take advantage of to escape.


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