Transborder crimes : Customs in Katsina strengthens synergy with Army, Police to tackle the menace

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Transborder crimes :
Customs in Katsina strengthens synergy with Army, Police to tackle the menace

Photographs taken during the visit


In a bid to tackle the menace of transborder crimes, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), in Katsina State has strengthened collaboration with the Nigerian Army (NA), Police Force, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), as well as other security agencies in the State.

The initiative becomes imperative for Customs and the security agencies in Katsina to maintain strong working synergy, aimed at combating cross-border crimes and internal security threats posed by criminal elements.

The synergy was made known when the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Katsina Command, Compt Mohammed Abubakar Umar, paid them a courtesy visit at their respective offices in Katsina, the State capital, yesterday.

Speaking at the headquarters of the 17 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Katsina, the Controller solicited the cooperation of the Brigade Commander, Brigadier-General Oluremi Ayobami Fadairo, in curbing transborder crimes in the State.

He advocated the need for a joint security taskforce and credible intelligence sharing among military and paramilitary agencies in the State to curb transborder crimes and other security challenges bedevilling the State.

He explained that sharing of credible intelligence would further enhance national security and foster friendship and unity, in order to eliminate all forms of reveries among security agencies in the State.

He pointed out : “The Nigerian Army and Customs from time past have been working together in the areas of border management, intelligence sharing, and capacity building. So, I am here to further cement the existing relationship and to do more”.

Responding, the Brigadier-general Oluremi Ayobami Fadairo, said the Nigerian Army will continue to work assiduously with Customs in tackling transborder crimes, banditry and other security challenges in the State.

He reiterated that the Nigerian troops would not relent on their oars until the criminal gangs terrorizing communities in the state are completely flushed out, adding that intelligence sharing remains cardinal in the on-going war against the hoodlums.

At the State Police Command, the Controller, told the Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Abubakar Musa, that the Service is ever-ready to work with the police to facilitate trade in the State without compromising national security.

He reaffirmed NCS’ determination and commitment to collaborate with the Police Force and other security agencies to curb cross-border crimes, especially smuggling of small arms and light weapons in the State.

According to him ; “We are also going to resuscitate the joint security taskforce and other security measures that will help in nipping in the bud banditry and other crimes in the society”.

In his remarks, CP Musa said the Command would accord Customs needed cooperation and support to address smuggling and other transborder crimes for development and legitimate economic activities to thrive.

He, however, said the synergy among security agencies in the state had significantly reduced the spate of  criminality, especially in frontline local government areas of the state, including Katsina town.

“It is because of this synergy that people are saying security has improved greatly in Katsina. The synergy should not only be visiting each other but let it go down to our other ranks”, CP Musa added.

The Controller of the Katsina Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, also visited the Controller of  Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Adamu, where he advocated the need for synergy to end the activities of those he called economic saboteurs.

He said NCS is desirous of a collaborative effort with all security agencies towards intelligence sharing, decimating criminals and providing a peaceful atmosphere for Nigerians.

In his response, Controller Adamu described the courtesy call as the right step towards cementing the already existing relationship among security agencies in the state.

He explained that 3,260 foreigners were residing in Katsina State and most of them were into smuggling activities at different border communities in the state, but the closure of the borders had nipped their heinous activities in the bud.

He said the foreigners were uncovered through a recent census conducted by the Command and many of them had been repatriated back to their countries because their “stay in Katsina was not legal.”

Comptroller Mohammed Abubakar Umar also visited the Katsina State Commands of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) where they all assured readiness to ensure effective partnership in all ramifications for better service delivery in the State.


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