Hameed Ali, Comptroller-general of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said the federal government’s closure of borders is in the best interest of the country.
The custom boss goes on to say that part of the reasons the border was closed was to protect the country’s security and stop proliferation of weapons.
He notes that ammunition are imported with which bandits attack Nigerians.
He gave this explanation on Thursday, September 26 as to why Buhari shut down the country’s borders.
There had been complaints of hardship by Nigerians as a result of the action, but Ali, a retired Army colonel said the closure was primarily done to strengthen the nation’s security and protect its economic interests.
The customs boss, who spoke with border stakeholders, comprising freight forwarders and security agencies at Seme, Lagos, noted that the closure was not intended to hurt anyone but to protect the nations interests.
“Our interest is to make sure that our country is secure, the well-being of our people is ensured and our economy is secure. “The step we have taken is in the interest of Nigeria, the step is not to hurt anybody but to protect our own interests as a nation,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ali attended the meeting in company of Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin Republic, Kayode Oguntuase, the head of immigration, Mohammed Babandede and Brigadier General EA Ndagi, who coordinates the joint border security exercise.
According to Ali, a lot have gone wrong regarding compliance with transit of goods, adding: “The idea is to ensure that the protocol that is involved in transit of goods and trade facilitation is adhered to so that we will all live and complement each other. “We cannot do business without you but compliance is lacking between you and our officers. Most of the things we do, we don’t comply with rules and that’s why we end up with weapons, Tramadol that killed our children.
“We end up with ammunition that bandits use to kill our people; we don’t manufacture ammunition in this country, if we do it is only from one source and that source is well protected and documented.”
He said the government had discovered where the ammunition comes from. “The bandits, the armed robbers had no choice, your mother, my children, your sisters might be shot by that weapon,” the customs boss added while calling for support and cooperation of the stakeholders to ensure the nation is protected.