‘Intelligence Networking, Crucial To Check Crime’


As the challenges of crimes and criminality continues in the country, collaboration and intelligence networking among security agencies should be prime strategy.
Comptroller, Customs Western Marine Command, Comptroller Sarkia-Kebbi Mustapha said this while briefing newsmen in Lagos on the activities of the Command within his 30 days in office.
The Comptroller who showed seized goods worth millions of Naira said that those bent on breaking the law have become sophisticated in equipment and human accomplices.
The need for sharing intelligence among security operatives has therefore become more imperative as no one agency can do it alone. In displaying the command’s role, Comp. Sarkin-Kebbi conducted media men round the Command’s warehouse fully loaded with rice intercepted.
He said the command has been able to make unprecedented seizures within his 30 days in office from various units comprising South Western states and right up to Kebbi State in the northern part of the country at different dates and times.
According to him, “this was borne out of the new spirit to duty in the command by the officers and men. It is important to note that the last seizures made in the Kebbi axis was five years ago”.
Comptroller Sarkin-Kebbi has within his 30 days in office intercepted 941 bags of parboiled rice and 66 keg of petroleum products (PMS) of 25 litres each with duty paid value of N11, 612,322.3.
The customs boss said the command will continue to work assiduously towards ensuring that the water ways are safe from activities of nefarious businessman and women, adding that he is committed to this mandate because of its need to protect the nation’s economy from smugglers and enemies of the nation.
Sarkin-Kebbi said he appreciates the support and encouragement of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) and his management team in terms of logistics and human capacity building adding “the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ali (rtd) is working very hard to reposition the service for better service delivery. We must therefore join hands with him to move the service and the nation forward. Discipline should be the watch-word for the officers as this will help in achieving our set goals.
He revealed that the command’s approach to fighting smuggling has the tendency to enhance its seizures profile in line with the expectations of the service. “We will not leave any stone unturned in this regard”, Sarkin-Kebii said.