May 19, 2012

Customs solicit sultanate support to fight smuggling

Sokoto – Alhaji Umaru Kankara, Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara on Friday solicited the support of the sultanate in the fight against smuggling in the area.

Kankara made the appeal during a courtesy visit to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, at his palace in Sokoto.

He said that active participation of the royal fathers would enable the Area Command apprehend and prosecute smugglers.

He explained that officers posted to border areas were in dire need of intelligence reports from the communities to enable them put an end to smuggling.

“We can’t be every where all the times, vital information from our borders’ communities would enable us map out security strategies that would help in arresting the smugglers,’’ he said.

Kankara called on the sultanate to mobilise traditional rulers at the borders to assist the customs with intelligence report on movements of smugglers.

He said that such move would pave way for the command to put to an end to smuggling for the good of the nation’s economy.

“We are battle-ready to end smuggling as our officers are ever-prepared to meet the smugglers at a battle field.”

Responding, Abubakar commended the efforts of the Comptroller General of the Customs for reorganising and repositioning the service for optimal performances.

He said that the sultanate would continue to support the service to achieve its set objectives. (NAN