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UN donates  VTC equipment to aid operational activities of Customs on waters



Segun Oladipupo.  |.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has fulfilled its promise of installing Video Teleconferencing CISCO WEBEX equipment at Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service for the outstanding feat of anti smuggling performance last year.

Recall that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in 2020 made an outstanding seizure of Cannabis Sativa worth over N1 billion in a single seizure.

As a result, the delegate of the UNODC headed by Miss Siji Song on the 16th March, 2021 visited the Command and handed over the VTC equipment which will aid the operational activities of the Command.

The equipment, will also assist the security agencies in response to the fight against Piracy in the maritime industry.

The Controller of the command, Comptroller Olugbenga Peters has said that the equipment would be fully installed when all the enabling tools were put in place by the management of the Service.

Comptroller Olugbenga said, “It is pertinent to know that the task of making our society free from drugs abuse and drugs related substances is a collective one. All hands must be on deck to make our society free from such menace.

He however warned smugglers to desist from the ungodly act, saying the officers and men of the command are resolute in enforcing federal government’s fiscal policies.

“On this note, let me warn the unscrupulous elements to desist from smuggling and look for a legitimate means of livelihood.

” The operatives of WMC are always combat-ready to bring smuggling to its barest minimal. No amount of distraction will deter us from enforcing the Federal Government Fiscal Policies; we will remain resolute and undaunted by failure, no matter whose ox is gored.

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