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Customs Chief holds talks with Police IG to enhance security cooperation

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The Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi visited the Acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting aimed to bolster inter-agency collaboration and address pressing security challenges through a unified approach between the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Police Force.

During the courtesy visit, Ag. CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi extended congratulations to IGP Kayode Egbetokun on his appointment by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu He emphasized the NCS’s dedication to partnering with the police force to confront security threats effectively.

Adeniyi expressed interest in mutual learning and capacity-building initiatives, particularly in investigative procedures, to enhance both agencies’ operations.

“Criminal activities are interconnected, so there is a need for the two security agencies to collaborate to mitigate the menace of smuggling, which will help the Nigeria Customs Service generate revenue for the nation.

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“I will therefore request to build a strong relationship between the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Police Force,” Ag. CGC Adeniyi stated.

Highlighting the potential of intelligence sharing in tackling common challenges, Adeniyi proposed a collaborative effort to address issues faced by both organizations. He also addressed concerns regarding multiple checkpoints between Mile 2 and the Seme Border, suggesting the exploration of geospatial intelligence for border monitoring.

Ag. IGP Kayode Egbetokun responded positively to the visit, characterizing it as opportune. He praised the efforts of CGC Adeniyi in revitalizing the Customs Service, acknowledging his commitment to reform. “Your bold steps to uplift the organization are well recognized by Nigerians, and you will surely succeed,” Egbetokun commented.

The police chief highlighted the necessity of inter-agency cooperation in combating evolving criminal trends and expressed the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force to establish a robust working relationship with the Nigeria Customs Service.

Egbetokun shared his intention to conduct unscheduled visits to the Mile 2-Seme axis and pledged to dismantle illegal checkpoints.

Both leaders agreed that the time is ripe for increased collaboration between the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Police Force to effectively counter criminal activities and enhance security nationwide.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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