Joint Border Drill Records Seizures Worth N11bn In One Year

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Joint Border Drill codenamed Exercise Swift Response has made seizures valued at about N11 billion in the last one year.

The Public Relations Officer of the Drill, Mr Joseph Attah made this known in a statement to commemorate one year of the exercise today.

The joint border drill comprised the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria as well as the Nigeria Police Force and other security and intelligence agencies.

The drill which began on  Aug. 20, 2019, is under the coordination of the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Attah explained that the seizures included 134,042 bags of parboiled foreign rice, 9,600 bags of NPK fertilizer, 1,791 vehicles, 3,565,461.9 litres of Premium Motor Spirit and 5,007 drums filled with PMS.

According to him, other items seized are 68,436.3 Jerricans of PMS, 130 engine boats, 847 motorcycles, 17,212.6 Jerricans of vegetable oil, 813 packs of Tramadol and 274 bags of cannabis.

He disclosed that 1,243 irregular immigrants and 622 suspected smugglers were arrested within the year under review.

The spokesperson said the exercise had also made it more difficult for terrorists and other criminals to acquire arms and ammunition, while criminal elements found it challenging to make their way into the country through the land and maritime borders.

The spokesperson said Exercise Swift Response has also boosted production of agricultural products, especially local rice, tomatoes, maize, and poultry among others.

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