May 29, 2024

The Senate on Tuesday indicted the Comptrollers of Customs in Kaduna, Katsina and Ogun States for jettisoning rules of engagement in the use of firearms.

This was contained in a report by the Senate Adhoc Committee on Abuse of Forearms by Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service which was presented during plenary by the chairman Senator Francis Fadahunsi.

The committee probed the alleged abuse of firearms by Customs officers at border towns in different parts of the country.

The report, which was adopted by the Senate, said traders and non-traders were allegedly forced to obtain unofficial receipts before they were allowed to pass with legitimate goods.

It also said the disbanded Strike Force of the Federal Operation Unit shot at innocent citizens, raided markets and chased smugglers into towns which always led to loss of lives.

The Senate therefore asked the Comptroller General of Customs to investigate issuance of unofficial receipts at the borders.

It also asked the federal government to lift the 20-kilometre ban on sales of petroleum products in border communities.

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