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Nigeria Customs to deploy drones in fresh approach to tackling smuggling

…Launches 30 Patrol Vans

Plans have been concluded for the
deployment of drones in tackling smuggling activities through illegal paths on
land borders, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has disclosed.

The Deputy Comptroller-General (DIG) in
charge of Investigation, Alh Aminu Dangaladima, made this known in Abuja when
the Customs Service launched 30 more patrol vehicles which are expected to be
deployed for anti-smuggling operations.

On the use of the drones, Dangaladima said the Service would
be partnering with the Nigeria Air force.

He said: “we are thinking of having drones and bringing in
the Air Force. We are also thinking of having unmanned aerial vehicles these
are drones and others that can assist us. This will go a long way in assisting
us to combat smuggling. This is in progress.”

He said that the Service was determined to combat the
smugglers who he described as Nigeria’s enemies of security and economic

He added, “With these vehicles, our response
time at the scene of any smuggling activity will be swift and decisive.”

He called on the general public to volunteer information to
the Customs on the activities of smugglers, adding that this will help a great
deal in addressing the issue of economic sabotage.

The newly-launched patrol vans were additions to 20 of such
that were launched two weeks ago.

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