Lagos - Mr Othman Salleh, the Area Controller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Border Command on Friday warned smugglers to stay clear of the border post.
Salleh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Seme, near Badagry, that ``any smuggler hoping to use border post to perpetrate illegal trade should have a rethink.’’
``During my tenure as the controller of the command, there will be no hiding place for smugglers and their nefarious activities,” he said.
Salleh, who recently took over the leadership of the command from Sadiq Sahabi, planned to hold an enlightenment and awareness campaign with all traders on the need for legal businesses at the border.
``First and foremost, I will carry out enlightenment and awareness campaign among traders at Seme border to sensitise them on the need to transact legal business,” NAN quotes the controller as saying.
He urged traders not to evade customs duty, saying that the proceeds from the duties were being used for infrastructure development of the nation.
He called for the cooperation of other security agencies at the border post to ensure effective security of the nation.
NAN reports that security agencies operating at the border post include SSS, Port Health, NDLEA and Immigration Service.