By Our Reporter
The Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday called on traditional rulers to educate their subjects on the danger of attacking customs officers assigned to combat smuggling in the state.
The Customs Controller, Ogun State Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, made the appeal during a visit to some of the traditional rulers in Egba and Yewa areas, Ogun state.
The visit was part of the efforts to improve a good relationship between the communities and the Ogun state command of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Nnadi who made reference to the death of two customs officers who were killed by suspected smugglers in October this year appealed to the traditional rulers in Yewaland to cooperate for a change from what has been the situation in the past.
He described Yewaland as a war zone in the efforts to tackle smuggling in the country.
Speaking in the palace of Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Nnadi who said that though his assignment was to ensure government policies were enforced, said he would appreciate a robust relationship[ between the Customs and the communities through best rules of engagement.
The monarchs however said the frequent attacks on the Customs operatives was as a result of the closure of the border for a long time, adding that this forced the youths to seek alternative ways of feeding their families.
But responding, the Customs Controller warned the youths from attacking the customs operatives under whatever guise.
The Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Gbadebo however assured the customs operatives of his support in the fight against smuggling.
He also said he will continue to pray for the success of the operatives in their assignment.
By Our Reporter