- The national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, said dangerous weapons are being smuggled into Nigeria
- Monguno stated that many Nigerians had died as a result of the dangerous drugs and arms being smuggled
- The NSA also vowed that the federal government would not bow to any pressure regarding the effects of land borders’ closure on businesses
Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser, has raised alarm over alleged smuggling of dangerous weapons into Nigeria through the land borders.
According to Daily Trust, Monguno said this on Thursday, September 12, in Lagos at the commissioning of two new gunboats acquired by the Nigeria Customs Service at the Naval Dockyard.
The NSA said so many Nigerians had died as a result of the dangerous drugs and arms being smuggled.
He vowed that the federal government would not bow to any blackmail or pressure from any groups or persons over the effects of land borders’ closure on their businesses.
Monguno said even some neighbouring countries are in support of steps taken by the federal government on how to ensure Nigerian borders are safe.
He said the Operation Swift Response currently at the borders had been very successful and gave assurance that the government was determined to support all security agencies to enable them to tackle smugglers effectively.
“From where I operate, I see a lot of things concerning insecurity. However, many tend to see the physical ones which include insurgency, kidnapping, armed robbery and a whole lot of others. But there are some that are invisible to the eyes. Smuggling is one major source of insecurity,” he said.
In his remarks, the comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Alli, said smugglers often resort to the waterways when they face resistance from Customs operatives on land.
“Experiences have shown that whenever smugglers face resistance by Nigeria Customs Service operatives on land, they turn to the waterways to carry out their nefarious activities. Unfortunately, the Service has been lame on the waters due to lack of sea going vessels to effectively checkmark smugglers on the high sea. This situation led to the death of nine customs officers while confronting deadly smugglers on the sea in 2014,” Alli said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Department of State Services (DSS) raised alarm that some persons were plotting to set the nation on fire.
The spokesman of the agency, Peter Afunaya, made this known in a statement issued on Monday, September 9.
Afunaya, however, said the service would not relent in its bid to secure the country, even though he did not mention any name or group.
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