By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
No fewer than 100 Illegal migrants have been arrested by the Joint Security Agencies under the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in the on going joint border patrol operation.
Several Prohibited goods which include vehicles, bags of rice, fertilizer,packs of assorted drugs, outboard engines and others were said to have also been seized in the operation which entered its third week.
The arrest and seizures, according to report were made from the four sectors of North West, North Central, South West, and South South geopolitical zones.
A statement from the office of the National Security Adviser listed the impounded items to include 8,360-50kg bags of parboiled rice; 122 bags of fertilizer; 77 vehicles; 781 drums of PMS as well as 16, 371 200 litres empty drums.
According to the statement signed by Joseph Attah, spokesman of the Nigeria Customs Service, others are 1,491 packs of assorted drugs; 3 outboard 40HP Engines; 13 cotonu boats; 185 drums of groundnut oil; 6 trucks; 114 motorcycles; among other items with 117 suspects.
It stated that the heads of the service chiefs and the coordinator of the exercise have commenced an on the spot assessment of the implementation and compliance of the on going border security drills.
The statement reads, “Seizures and arrests made so far include 100 illegal migrants, 8,360-50kg bags of parboiled rice; 122 bags of fertilizer; 77 vehicles; 781 drums of PMS as well as 16, 371 200 litres empty drums, 1,491 packs of assorted drugs; 3 outboard 40HP Engines; 13 cotonu boats; 185 drums of groundnut oil; 6 trucks; 114 motorcycles; among other items with 117 suspects.
As part of the efforts to sustain the border 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 (NCS) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security and intelligence agencies is intended to secure our borders, boost national economy and strengthen border security”.
Attah, therefore appealed to patriotic Nigerians, especially members of the business community to see the ongoing exercise as an opportunity to further create a conducive environment for local businesses to thrive in the overall interest of our national security and development.