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Reopen land borders in Ogun State – NANS to Buhari govt

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The Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS) in Ogun State have requested the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Authorities to reopen land borders with out additional ado.

NANS mentioned the closure of land borders by the Buhari authorities for nearly two years had exceeded its relevance.

The scholar’s physique regretted that the unfavorable results of the closure have been exhibiting within the economic system and residing situations of Ogun residents.

A press release by the Chairman of NANS within the state, Damilola Simeon, defined that the rise in smuggling actions within the Gateway State may very well be traced to the border closure.

“We urge the Federal Authorities to rethink the closure of Ogun State land borders. The closure has exceeded its relevance and the unfavorable results are exhibiting within the economic system and residing situations of the nice individuals of Ogun State.

“As a matter of reality, the rise in smuggling actions is traceable to the prolonged border closure as professional truck loaders and different border employees now resort to unlawful dealings,” it was mentioned.

NANS and different pupil unions in Ogun State had met with the Controller of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 Space Command, Peter Kolo, on September 6 over claims of unlawful arms importation by Ogun borders.

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Kolo was mentioned to have emphasised that neither he nor his officers have been aiding smuggling as alleged by the scholars.

On the assembly, the scholars had demanded efficient policing of the unlawful routes that function the foremost retailers for gun-running and different contrabands in addition to clamping down on smuggling actions within the space.

“On the finish of the assembly, we concluded that the Nigerian Customs Service, Ogun 1 Space Command has been assiduous in finishing up their duties.

“The company has, nonetheless, been grossly incapacitated by completely different challenges and remonstrance, together with inadequate human and vehicular sources.

“These challenges, if left to proceed, may cripple the actions of the Customs and expose our borders to untold hardship.

“We additionally demand that extra patrol autos be supplied for the command. We came upon that the Command has lower than ten patrol autos for his or her operations. That is ridiculous, to say the least.

“Lastly, we urge the Federal Authorities to liaise with the State Comptroller with a view to obtain and attend to extra basic issues of the company,” the assertion reads partly.

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