In Usman’s company was the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Edo, Mr George Edem.
“We know your men (Customs) have been working hard; we see the checkpoints, but in some cases, there have been excesses and intimidation.
“We’d like you to appeal to your men not to intimidate or extort innocent people and traders while carrying out their duties.
“Edo is a business hub where people must pass through and our role as government is to create an enabling environment so that people are neither scared nor afraid to come here to conduct their businesses.
“Let your men know that while they are doing their work, they should respect the rights of citizens and more importantly, they should not intimidate the people,’’ he told Usman.
“I thank the Customs for the role it played during the last #EndSARS crisis.
“I know about the attack on your warehouse and what it took to make sure there was no loss of lives,’’ Obaseki added.
Obaseki also appealed to the NSCDC to help to train the state’s agro rangers and forest guards as well as vigilantes to protect the state’s forests reserve from illegal loggers.
“I know members of the NSCDC also did well in helping to respond to the #EndSARS incident. We see ourselves as part of the federation; we want to support the work of the Federal Government.
“We wish we are not facing the kind of economic challenges that we are facing now so that we could have been able to do more for you here, unfortunately the situation is the same everywhere.
“The reason why you are here is because you are not getting enough support from your employers, but you have to do your work.
“That is why you found it necessary to come here to see us, so it’s a general challenge and it’s affecting all of us.
“It is forcing everybody to look for alternative and more creative ways to carry on their responsibilities.
Earlier, Edem appealed to the governor for operational vehicles to help the NSCDC to discharge its duties optimally.
In his remarks, Usman commended the governor for doing tremendous work on the Gele Port in Edo.
Alleged cross- border smuggling of fuel: Fate of detained Customs officer uncertain — summoned, detained in Abuja
Customs demonises officer amidst claims of official complicity in smuggling of petroleum products across border
” This video depicts a half-clad individual recording himself while claiming to have arrested trucks carrying premium motor spirit across the border as an officer of Nigeria Customs Service.
“The facts are as follows; the person in the video is indeed an officer of Nigeria Customs Service, and he is currently attached to the Federal Operations Unit Zone D in Adamawa.
” It is important to note that 55 kilometers separate this location from the nearest border.
“Between the place where this incident occurred and the border, there are fully operational petrol stations.
” As vehicles in transit, they are considered still to be well within city limits and therefore can neither be accused of nor arrested for transporting goods across the border.
“All our officers are compelled by a strict dress code to not only be in uniform while on duty, but to adorn their name tags for easy identification by members of the public.
” Indeed, his actions led to his immediate withdrawal by the Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘D’, who instructed his detention pending medical evaluation.
“The NCS seriously frowns at any action that is inimical to the economic well-being of our nation.
“The levels of checks and counter-checks created as part of the NCS strategic enforcement initiative have made it extremely difficult for breaches to occur.
“Nigeria Customs Service wants to assure members of the public of the commitment of its officers and men to securing our borders.
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