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Nigeria’s Customs Chief Adeniyi issues warning on responsible firearm use by officers

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The Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi has urged Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to exercise caution and apply tactical measures in their interactions with citizens before resorting to the use of firearms.

He emphasized that the use of firearms should only be considered in extreme circumstances that require self-defense.

The cautionary message was delivered to Senior Officers of the Service on Thursday, July 27, 2023, during the official declaration of a sensitization workshop on the practical implementation of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023.

The workshop, aimed at Comptrollers and Assistant Legal Advisers, took place at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

Adeniyi stressed, “We must not, in any circumstance, use firearms – except we have an absolute necessity for using it. The citizens of this country are there for us to protect.”

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As the Comptroller-General, Adeniyi has consistently prioritized principles such as protecting citizens, enhancing trade facilitation, ensuring staff welfare, and combating smuggling.

He reiterated that the core mandate of the Nigeria Customs Service is to safeguard the lives and properties of Nigerians, emphasizing the importance of being just and honest in their duties to citizens.

The CGC has repeatedly highlighted the potential improvements the new Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 can bring to the efficiency of the Service.

He urged Officers to pay close attention to the training they will receive and fully comprehend the significance of the legal framework provided for the Service. Adeniyi emphasized, “Everything we do must be situated within that framework.”

The new law grants significant powers to the Nigeria Customs Service to impose sanctions on criminals who violate Customs laws. However, Adeniyi emphasized that along with these powers come limitations and obligations that require strategic implementation.

He emphasized the need to create a better environment for trade facilitation and foster more business-friendly and efficient Port environments.

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

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