The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) has revealed that majority of arms and ammunition in the country were smuggled through cars imported through the land borders.
New Telegraph reports that Ali said that apart from boosting the nation’s economy being the primary motive for ban of vehicles across land borders, another major reason was the need to curb smuggling of arms concealed inside imported vehicles through the nation’s land borders.
Giving fresh perspectives to reasons that informed the decision to enforce ban of vehicles across land borders in an interview with journalists in Abuja on the occasion of the International Customs Day, Ali cited proliferation of arms through land borders as one of the major reasons.
“In terms of what we have achieved so far with the ban on vehicles, we are just 26 days on it today. It will take time to really get this thing driven to our stakeholders. But the actual fight is, we want to boost the economy of this great nation by bringing back those monies that are exiting this country and most especially we want to tackle the security of this great country.
We discovered that, it’s through the importation of these cars that most people smuggle their arms and ammunition, they squeezed them into these cars and driven into the country. That was why we have proliferation of arms in this country and we can’t allow that to continue. Apart from economic aspect of it, security is also a fundamental aspect of it,” he said.
Source: New Telegraph