Customs seek partnership with Army on security

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has solicited collaboration with the Nigerian Army in the area of security in border towns in Oyo and Osun State.

The NCS Area Controller Oyo/Osun State Command, Comptroller Uche Ngozi sought the partnership during a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Anthony Bamidele Omozoje on Tuesday in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said the purpose of her visit was to collaborate with the Nigerian Army in particular in areas of security as it concerns the Nigerian Custom Service mandate in her Area of Responsibility – Oyo/Osun states.

According to the Area Controller, timely information and intelligence sharing is vital to her success in the execution of her mandate and so therefore needed the cooperation of the GOC.

She pleaded with the GOC to continue to partner with her in combating smuggling related crimes.

Responding, the General Officer Commanding, Major General Anthony Bamidele Omozoje expressed delight in receiving the Nigerian Custom Service Area Controller at the Headquarters 2 Division.

According to the GOC, there is a close link between the mandate of the Nigerian Custom Service and that of the Nigerian Army.

He described the Nigerian Custom Service as the first line of defence in national security, stressing that the Nigerian Customs Service are the frontline, and key, to the success of Nigerian Army mandate.

Omozoje assured the Nigerian Custom Service Area Controller of 2 Division continues support in securing the borders within her Area of Responsibility.

Dwelling on the importance of Nigerian Custom Service, the GOC 2 Division described the activities of the Nigerian Custom Service as vital to the growth of the nation’s economy.

He noted that Nigerian Army played a vital role in the establishment of the Nigerian Customs Service Staff College in Abuja.