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Border Drill: NCS, NIS arrests 100 illegal migrants, 177 suspected smugglers

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Nosa Enobhayisiobo

The Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) has announced the arrest of 100 illegal migrants with 117 suspected smugglers after three weeks of joint border patrol by security agencies.

The exercise is being led by the NCS and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security and intelligence agencies and coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The NCS spokesperson, Joseph Attah in a statement announced that several seizures have Ben made so far to include: 8,360-50kg bags of parboiled foreign rice; 122 bags of fertilizer; 77 vehicles; 781 drums filled with PMS as well as 16, 371 empty 200 litres drums to be used for smuggling PMS.

Others are, 1,491 packs of assorted drugs; 3 outboard 40HP Engines; 13 cotonu boats; 185 drums of groundnut oil; 6 trucks; 114 motorcycles; among other items.

Attah said as part of the efforts to sustain the rigorous patrol along the national borderlines, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), Comptroller General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandade and the Coordinator of the exercise, Brig Gen Emmanuel Aliyu Ndagi have commenced an on the spot assessment of the implementation and compliance of the ongoing border security drills.

He explained that the exercise is intended to better secure our borders, boost national economy and strengthen border security.

“Accordingly, we continue to appeal to the patriotic spirit of all Nigerians, especially members of the business community to see the exercise as an opportunity to further create a conducive environment for local businesses to thrive in the overall interest of national security and development”, he said.

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