The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Seme Area Command, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Abdu Saleh Othman, has assured all members of the business community to continue going about their normal businesses.
Othman’s assurances follows the recent attack on personnel of the NCS, Seme Area Command, and the lynching of an unarmed Customs officer by persons suspected to be smugglers.
The CAC assured genuine business persons and travelers to disregard what he described as rumours and fake stories of insecurity at the border, noting that all government security agencies were deployed in plain sight to ensure the safety of lives and properties at the Nigeria frontier with the Republic of Benin.
”All our law abiding citizens, travelers and members of the border trading community have nothing to fear or worry about. They should go about their normal businesses and disregard rumours of insecurity at the border, as the security agencies are cooperating as usual to ensure the safety of lives and properties,” Othman said.
He went on: “The supreme price paid by our colleague in the Service to our fatherland, has further strengthen our resolve to give in our best. The gentleman officer we lost recently did not die in vain. Those behind this act will pay for it. The destruction of government vehicle and arson against commercial goods being imported is a thing we condemn in strong terms.”
The CAC urged all personnel of the Command not to relent in the fight against smuggling, and to keep to their statutory rules of engagement in the discharge of their duties.