Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, has said that the ongoing Operation Border Drill, aimed at securing the Nigerian borders are as important as the fight against Boko Haram.
Raidar News reports that the Nigerian Customs boss made this known on Wednesday, September 11, in the Maigatari local government area of Jigawa while addressing officers and men from NCS, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigerian Army (NA) at the Maigatari/Niger Republic border.
“We are here to see the condition of your health and operation. We’re also here to convey the message of President Muhammad Buhari to you.
“The President directed us to come and see your condition of health and operation.
“He asked us to come and express his gratitude and commendation for your dedication and commitment to your fatherland and your resolute stand to ensure the security of Nigeria.
“The President wants to bring to your notice that your coming to Maigatari border is as important as those fighting Boko Haram,” Ali said.
The Nigerian customs boss added that; “What is bedevilling Nigeria now is insecurity which is as a result of proliferation of arms used by criminals to terrorize our people, and without those arms they cannot do any harm to us.
“Secondly, it is to ensure the wellbeing of our people by stopping contraband food into the country.
“This is because contraband foods such as frozen chickens and rice are harmful to our health.
“Let me tell you if you don’t know, the frozen chickens and turkeys imported contain chemicals that are harmful to our health.
“For instance, these frozen products contain chemicals used in preserving dead bodies, that’s what is used on these contraband frozen food to keep them fresh for your consumption.
“So also imported rice as it spent a minimum of five years in stores and you are happy to say I bought Thailand or Indian rice.
“What they usually do is bring them to Cotonou to re-bag and give it a new date.
“This rice is harmful because it causes different types of cancer and kidney disease,” he explained.