Smuggling: Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Calls for Scanners at Borders

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To check mate smuggling and counterfeiting that has remained a constant bane to Nigeria, the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Ambassador Oguntuase Emmanuel Kayode has called on government agencies to install scanners at the nation’s borders in order to checkmate the menace of smuggling along the Seme, Owode, Idiroko axis according to a statement signed by the Seme Customs Command Spokesman, Selchang Taupyen.

The Ambassador while addressing Federal Government agencies operating in the South – Western part of Nigeria and Benin Republic borders, which comprises of the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Department of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Police Border Patrol, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Port Health etc.

The ambassador highlighted some of the economic and security challenges along the Nigeria/Benin borders to include the following amongst others: Massive smuggling activities of prohibited and restricted items through the Nigeria land borders, Proliferation of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, Illicit drug trafficking, Piracy, Illegal bunkering, oil theft and International terrorism.

Furthermore, the ambassador suggested the need for scanner machines to be installed at land borders and the immediate opening of the abandoned Seme/Krake ECOWAS joint border post and charged the Nigerian border control agencies to continue to protect the territorial integrity and national interest of the country through effective and efficient border control and management.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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