The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has urged officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, to stay away from causing unnecessary deaths as they carry on their responsibilities in the state.
The Governor said the Service has to find a better way to manage relationships with the people in the border area.
He revealed this at the commissioning of the Forward Operations Base, FOB, of the Nigeria Immigration Service, at Oja- Odan, in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.
His words, “We must have a way of managing our relationship. We cannot continue to have incidences where the customs are engaging our people and there is loss of lives. This has happened a few times too frequently.
“I want to seize this opportunity to plead with the Nigeria Customs to find a better way of managing this relationship. We cannot afford to be losing our people, particularly kids, who are most times innocent.”
“I also want to plead with our people, there is what is called ‘Responsibility Consciousness.
“We must learn to be responsible citizens. We must live within the ambit of the law. We cannot afford to be lawless. I have said it over and over again, we will not tolerate lawlessness, criminality, cultism, smuggling in Ogun State. We must learn to be law-abiding.”
“With this Forward Operations Base, FOB, that is being commissioned today, I challenge the men and officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service that our disposition of friendliness with our neighbors should not be abused by criminal elements to come into the country.
“The responsibility is yours and you owe all of us that. Whatever support requires, we as an administration will provide within available resources,”
“We are not encouraging the reckless use of arms. We regret the unfortunate loss of life. I want to believe we will soon take that into check. The drill is in the interest of the country.
“We must commend President Buhari for supporting the drill. We urge our people to support us in putting an end to the sabotage of our economy by those who are bent on destroying it.”