The deployment of drones, aircraft and geospatial technology for the monitoring of borders has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reports by The Nation on Tuesday, October 15, claimed that the strategy was part of the e-Customs that the nation will use for the surveillance of the movement of illicit goods and persons.
The Newspaper source said: “The President has just approved e-Customs. E-Customs encompasses the deployment of border management technology, which will incorporate the use of drones, aircraft and other geo-spatial technology to be able to monitor our borders to ensure that any illicit movement of goods and persons do not take place. Once that is in place, I think we will be very safe that we do not need walls to be erected.”
Meanwhile, The Herald earlier reported that Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, (NCS) retried Col. Hameed Ali, declared that all import and export of goods from the nation’s land borders remain banned until there is an agreement with neighbouring countries about all kinds of goods that should enter and exit the country.
Ali said the measure is for the security agencies to be able to scan the goods entering the country. The customs boss made this known in Abuja during a joint press briefing on joint boarder patrol that is codenamed ‘EX-SWIFT RESPONSE.”