Customs mobilizes Ogun traditional rulers against smuggling
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Customs mobilizes Ogun traditional rulers against smuggling

The Ogun I Zonal Command of the Nigerian Customs Service, led by Comptroller James Ojo, seeks to foster sustainable collaboration and synergy to enhance economic growth and security along Nigeria’s borders with the Republic of Benin through intelligence sharing and collaborative anti-smuggling operations.

Comptroller Ojo made this point during a courtesy visit to the Alake of Egbaland, other traditional rulers and sister security agencies in Ogun State.

During his visit, Comptroller Ojo met with the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and other revered traditional rulers of Ogun State.

He expressed deep gratitude for their support and highlighted the crucial role traditional leaders play in maintaining peace, order and security within their communities.

Comptroller Ojo stressed the importance of leveraging the influence and knowledge of traditional institutions to strengthen border security and effectively combat smuggling activities.

Comptroller Ojo’s visit also yielded fruitful discussions with sister security agencies in Ogun State.

This courtesy visit is in line with the policy of the Comptroller General of Customs, which has emphasized the principles of consolidation, collaboration and innovation.

Comptroller Ojo reiterated the commitment of the Ogun I Area Command to these principles, stressing that such commitments are critical to fostering a secure and prosperous environment for the people of Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole.

He also acknowledged the strategic importance of Ogun State’s borders with Benin Republic and the need for a united front in the fight against smuggling and other economic crimes.

The responses from all key stakeholders met were positive and impressive. The CAC was assured of continued support and collaboration with the Ogun I Area Command and received a warm welcome throughout the visit.

Sister security agencies visited include the Nigerian Police Force, 35th Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Federal Road Safety Corps, Defence Intelligence Agency and the Nigeria Correctional Service among others.

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