*seeks Alake, other traditional rulers support
By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The new Controller of Customs in charge of Ogun 1 Area Command,Comptroller, Peter Chad Kolo has declared that his Command is not a killer squad, but a revenue generating agent operating under the rules and guidelines set up by the Federal Government.
Controller Kolo stated this during a courtesy visit to the Alake and the Paramount Ruller of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Agura of Gbagura, Oba Saburi Babajide Bakare and the Olu of Kobape, Oba Olufemi AllenTaylor.
According to him, Nigeria Customs Service is not a blood tasting organisation but it is a government Agent that work under laid down rules and regulations hence, the need for Traditional rulers and all necessary stakeholders to join hands and support the Customs.
Kolo therefore appealed to Alake and other Traditional rulers to educate and enlighten their subjects particularly, Smugglers and the youths on the need to see Customs Officers as friend who are working for the economic development of the Nation.
Disturbed by the recent killings at Ayetoro and Obafemi Owode, the new Controller said he has taken some steps and informed Customs headquarters all they needed believing that such incidents will not occur again.
He further emphasized on the need for Traditional rulers and all stakeholders collaboration with the Customs saying, the crazy for imported goods by Nigerians is doing no good but hampering the economic development and thereby generating more unemployments for the youths.
“I had witnessed some ugly incidents in the few weeks that I resumed in the State. There has been lost of lives through stray bullets during cross fire between Customs and Smugglers and the worst thing is that the innocent lives were affected.
“This is the reason why we have to come out and appeal to our Royal fathers and Stakeholders for their collaboration to prevail on our youths to stop smuggling but embrace legitimate businesses. We are ready to facilitate,encourage and support legal trades,Controller Kolo stressed.”
In his response the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adetotun Aremu Gbadebo pledged his support for the Customs and prayed for the new Controller to succeed in Ogun State.
Kabiyesi noted that many retired Customs Officers are today Traditional rulers citing example of Agura of Gbagura, Oba Saburi Babajide Bakare and the Olu of Kobape,Oba Olufemi Allen Taylor saying, the new Controller is at home.
Also in their separate responses, the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Saburi Babajide Bakare and Olu of Kobape, Oba Olufemi Allen Taylor who are also retired Customs officers pledged their supports to ensure a successful tenure for their former colleague.
Controller Kolo ended his courtesy visit at 35 Artillery Brigade Alamala, Abeokuta where he had a closed door meeting with the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General EJ Amadasun.
He was accompanied by his able leutinents Deputy Controller in charge of Administration,( DC ) Nnadi, Deputy Controller, I .K Oladeji in charge of Intelligence, Roving B and Coordinator of Abeokuta axises, Assistant Controller (AC) Jacob Akpan, Deputy Superintendent of Customs (DSC) O.Q Ilori who is PA to Controller and the Command image maker DSC H. B Oloyede among others.