Smuggling: Customs CG Hosts CDS, Seeks Collaboration With Armed Forces

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CDS Chris Musa and Customs CG Bashir Adeniyi at the Customs hq on Thursday, November 30

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adeniyi has proposed an intensified joint exercise between the Customs Service and the military to check smuggling and other criminal activities around the nation’s borders.

Adeniyi made the proposal on Thursday, when he hosted the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa at the Customs Headquarters in Abuja.

He suggested unannounced frequent operations to demonstrate a show of force, acting as a deterrent to criminals.

Adeniyi emphasised the importance of shared experiences in training, facilitating a better understanding of operational contexts.

Meanwhile, the Customs CG lauded the collaborative efforts between the Nigeria Customs Service and the armed forces, emphasising the critical role such partnerships play in national security.

Acknowledging the global challenges, Adeniyi reiterated the commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service towards collaboration, innovation, and consultations.

He emphasized that unity strengthens the nation, stating, “We stand stronger when we work together.”

Reflecting on past collaborations with the Defense Headquarters, CGC Adeniyi highlighted the support received in capacity building, joint operations, and training exercises.

He expressed gratitude for the support provided by the armed forces in various operations, particularly in civil-military cooperation initiatives, and conveyed Customs’ dedication to exploring innovative solutions to challenges, leveraging technology, and working closely with other government agencies.

He underscored the significance of information sharing and the need for collaborative efforts to address porous borders and challenges posed by non-state actors.

CGC Adeniyi assured the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, of the Customs Service’s continued support, stressing the prioritisation of clearing military consignments and participation in training programmes.

In his address, the CDS expressed gratitude for the critical role played by the Nigeria Customs Service in the nation’s security landscape.

He also commended the Customs CG for his leadership and dedication since assuming office, acknowledging the challenges faced by the country, particularly in the global economic downturn.

He stressed the importance of interagency cooperation in tackling non-state actors and securing the nation.

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