The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 Area Command has dismissed the allegation that arms and ammunition are being smuggled into the country through the state’s land borders.
The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun State; National Association of University Students (NAUS) and the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) on Thursday alleged upsurge in smuggling activities and influx of illegal firearms into the country through the state’s border, blaming the NCS.
The student groups had, at a joint press conference, accused the Customs Command of “gross ineptitude, incompetence and visible indifference in securing the borders of Ogun State” which increased smuggling of illegal firearms that further worsens insecurity in the country.
Reacting to the allegations, the Public Relations Officer, Ogun 1 Area Command, Hammed Oloyede, in a statement, yesterday, said the allegations were malicious lies that were not only misleading, but were likely to create unnecessary tension in the state and the country.
He said there had never been a time where arms and ammunition were allowed to be smuggled into the country through Ogun State and would never be allowed in whatever form.
Oloyede said the command had since fortified the numerous illegal routes through which contrabands are smuggled into the country with aggressive patrols, adding that it had stepped up its anti-smuggling operations in the state to checkmate the nefarious activities of enemies of the state.
“Allegation of smuggling activities taking place during the daytime is only in the imagination of the fabricator of that story. The tightened security architecture in the state today by Customs and other security agencies will not permit smuggling of contrabands and other prohibited item at night time not to talk of during the day.”