The Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service, Retired Col. Hameed Ali has insisted that all import and export of goods from the Nation’s land borders remain banned until they made an agreement with neighboring Countries on the kind of goods that should enter and exit the country.
The Customs Boss stated this in Abuja during a joint press briefing on joint border patrol that is codenamed Ex-Swift Response.
According to him, the measure is for the Security Agencies to be able to scan the goods entering the Country.
He maintained that all goods must only enter through the legitimate Air and Sea ports where they can undergo thorough scanning and certified fit for consumption.
He insisted that despite the rights for movement of persons in ECOWAS protocols, there must be primacy of security over such rights in case people misuse it.
The Ex-Swift Response is coordinated
by the Office of the National Security Adviser, comprising the Nigerian Police Force,
Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigerian
Armed Forces and other Security Agencies to address Trans-Border Security