By Innocent Orok
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that it is forming alliance with the Nigerian Immigration Service ( NIS), the Nigerian Army, ( NA) Nigeria Police Force ( NPF) and other security and intelligence agencies to curtail terrorism, banditry, transborder security and other crimes across the country.
The Comptroller General of NCS, Col. Hameed Ali stated this on Thursday a Port Industry Town Hall Meeting organised by JournalNG in Lagos State.
The theme of the town hall meeting was “Towards Hitchfree Port Operations in Nigeria.”
The Customs boss who was represented at the meeting by Deputy Comptroller Kikelomo Adeola, DC in charge of revenue at Tincan Island Port Command of the Service stated that the Service is not resting on her oars to nip every form of transborder insecurity in the bid.
The collaboration according to the CG is to function in four geo-political zones adding that the synergy would be coordinated by the office of the National Security Adviser ( NSA).
Ali said “Nigeria Customs Service is partnering the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Armed Forces and the Nigeria Police Force as well as all security and intelligence agencies to conduct joint border security operations for quick response to be coordinated by the office of the National Security Adviser ( NSA) in four geo-political areas.
“The South South, the South West,the North Central and the North West to promote inter -agency collaboration and addressing transborder security challenges such as terrorism, armed banditry, smuggling and proliferation of light arms and samll weapons. The Nigeria Customs Service is not resting on her oars.”
Earlier, the Service had acknowledged the efforts of the Federal government in acquisition of scanners at the ports to facilitate trade in the ports.