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Insecurity: Ogun students blame Nigerian Customs over alleged influx of firearms

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College students in Ogun State on Thursday blamed the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) for the alleged inflow of unlawful firearms into the nation by land borders within the state.

However, the NCS in Ogun State debunked the allegations, describing them as baseless and unfounded.

The scholars, beneath the aegis of the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS), Ogun, the Nationwide Affiliation of College College students (NAUS) and the Nationwide Affiliation of Ogun State College students (NAOSS), say the Ogun 1 Space Command of the NCS was turning into a toothless bulldog with regards to preventing smuggling actions in Ogun, DAILY POST reviews.

Our correspondent reviews that the allegation of gun smuggling is coming few hours after Governor Dapo Abiodun raised the alarm over the safety challenges dealing with Ogun State.

At a press convention collectively addressed by the Chairman of NANS JCC, Damilola Simeon Kehinde; Nationwide President of NAOSS, Ogunrombi Gbemileke and the Nationwide Vice President of NAUS, Adebowale Abdul-Ghaffar Adeniran, the scholars accused the Comptroller of NCS, Ogun 1 Space command, Peter Chad Kolo of “gross ineptitude, absolute incompetence and visual indifference to securing the borders of Ogun state.”

They alleged that the upsurge in smuggling actions and the inflow of unlawful firearms into Nigeria had additional worsened insecurity within the nation.

“There was a extreme and regular decline in service supply of Nigerian Customs Service, thereby breaking the belief and mutual relationship between the company and Ogun State residents.

“Past smuggling of contraband merchandise, they now make the most of the Nigerian Customs Service’s non-chalant perspective to sneak in arms and ammunitions.

“The relaxed perspective of the Nigerian Customs Service is slowly turning Ogun State to hotbed for gun-running, thereby jeopardizing the safety of the armless residents.

“Greater than ever, the circulation of unregistered and unlicensed weapons on the road has massively elevated. If this pattern continues, we might begin experiencing gunfights with heavy casualties throughout our campuses,” the scholars acknowledged.

Talking additional, the scholars’ leaders urged the NCS to work in synergy with different sister safety businesses to nip the issue within the bud, saying “This regular decline has uncovered College students and most of the people to grave hazard by the unabated actions of smugglers within the State.”

Sounding a notice of warning, the scholars referred to as for the redeployment of Comptroller of Ogun 1 Space Command, Peter Kolo earlier than August 31, 2021 or they’d take to the road.

“By August thirty first, 2021, the complete College students Constituency of Ogun State is not going to hesitate to stage a large protest if Comptroller Peter Chad Kolo stays in control of Ogun 1 Space,” they threatened.

Reacting, the Spokesman of the command, Hammer Oloyede, stated the achievements of the NCS in Ogun beneath the watch of Kolo negated each allegation made by the scholars’ our bodies.

Oloyede puzzled the place the scholars acquired the declare of the inflow of firearms, asking what they’ve finished as patriotic residents to help the NCS in intelligence gathering.

“We’re doing our greatest, we’re making seizureS of contraband objects. So, what are they saying? Have they forgotten that we’ve a number of unapproved routes in Ogun State? Regardless of that, we don’t relaxation on our oars. We’re making concerted efforts to make sure that smuggling is diminished drastically.

“I don’t know the place they acquired their reality or statistics from. As patriotic residents, whenever you observe some sure issues, you state the efforts you’re making to cut back smuggling to the barest minimal.

“If somebody is doing every part to fight smuggling and somebody someplace is making allegations that could possibly be considered baseless, it’s uncalled for, it’s unfounded. Are they blind to the great works we’ve been doing? It’s disheartening, it’s uncalled for. They need to not overlook the character of our borders, but we’re nonetheless policing it. They don’t know what they’re speaking about.

“They need to simply cooperate with us. If they’ve info, they need to launch it; if they’ve intelligence, they need to inform us,” the NCS spokesman stated.

Oloyede challenged the NANS and others to buttress their declare with particulars when he stated, “In the event that they see firearms being smuggled, who’ve they contacted? What efforts have they made relating to to that? How did they get such info? Who and who’ve they seen smuggling such issues into the nation for them to come back to the general public and be saying all kinds of issues?”

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