By Innocent Orok
As part of measures to secure Nigeria’s land and maritime borders, the Nigeria Customs Service (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 will be conducting a joint border security exercise, codenamed “EX-SWIFT RESPONSE”.
This was contained in a Press Release sent to our Correspondent by the National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah on behalf of the Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd).
He said that the joint exercise is being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and will take place in four geopolitical zones, namely; South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West.
According to the statement the exercise is expected to promote interagency cooperation and increase preparedness to address trans-border security challenges such as terrorism, armed banditry, smuggling, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, amongst others.
“The exercise will also involve the movement of personnel, vehicles and equipment within the affected parts of the country. Therefore, we call on members of the public not to panic and should continue to engage in their normal duties. The overall objective is to ensure a peaceful and secured country in the interest of our National Security”.
The statement said.