Customs, Immigration, Police, Military Form Synergy To Tackle Cross-Border Crimes

The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in collaboration with Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) will commence a new security strategy that will see them secure national borders, both at sea and on land.

A statement by spokesman of the Customs, Joseph Attah, said the new measure, which will also have input from the intelligence community, is code-named “Ex-Swift Response”.

The statement reads in part, “The joint exercise is being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and will take place in four geo-political zones, namely; South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West. It is expected that the exercise will promote inter-agency cooperation and increase preparedness to address trans-border security challenges such as terrorism, armed banditry, smuggling, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, amongst others.

“The exercise will also involve the movement of personnel, vehicles and equipment within the affected parts of the country. Therefore, we call on members of the public not to panic and should continue to engage in their normal duties. The overall objective is to ensure a peaceful and secured country in the interest of our National Security.”

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