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Border closure: Customs arrest 100 illegal migrants, seize 8,360 bags of rice

Exactly 21 days into the intensive joint border patrol by the security agencies, the Nigerian Customs Service said the action has resulted in the arrest of 100 illegal migrants.

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It also arrested 117 smugglers with many items confiscated during the exercise.

The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Joseph Attah confirmed the development in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The border closure exercise was carried out in four sectors of North-West, North-Central, South- West, and South-South geopolitical zones.

He said as of September 10, 100 illegal migrants have been arrested while seizures include 8,360-50kg bags of parboiled foreign rice; 122 bags of fertilizer; 77 vehicles; 781 drums filled with Premium Motor Spirit as well as 16,371 empty 200 litres drums to be used for smuggling PMS.

He also said 1,491 packs of assorted drugs; three outboard 40HP Engines; 13 Cotonou boats; 185 drums of groundnut oil; six trucks; 114 motorcycles; among other items with 117 suspects have been confiscated.

The statement reads in part, “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.

“The exercise, which is being led by the Nigerian Customs Service and the Nigerian Immigration Service, in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria as well as the Nigeria Police Force and other security and intelligence agencies is intended to better secure our borders, boost national economy and strengthen border security.”

The NCS in the statement appealed to 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.

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