A Nigerian border post: 295 petrol tankers released to smugglers in December

Rogue security men, involved with Operation Swift Response at the partially closed Nigerian border, have released 295 petrol tankers seized from smugglers back to the smugglers.

The unpatriotic act has drawn the fury of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has ordered severe sanctions for those involved by their respective organisations.

Operation Swift Response is a border drill exercise meant to checkmate the illegal activities of smugglers across Nigerian borders.

It was aimed at boosting food security and local production of food and other goods and protect them against unfair competition, occasioned by the porous borders.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential adviser on media, Buhari rated the border drill “hugely successful”, as it has “led to the interception and seizure of large quantities of foods, materials, minerals and petroleum resources illegally trafficked across our borders”.

However, Buhari has found it “disheartening to learn that 295 smuggled petroleum tankers were released without due authorisation on 17th December, 2019 by some security officials charged with the responsibility of protecting our borders”.

After the illegal release, Buhari directed the National Security Adviser (NSA) to set up a Board of Inquiry to investigate the crime.

The inquiry recommended to the President that all officials (civilian or security operatives) found to have connived to undermine government’s efforts should be withdrawn from the border drill and severely sanctioned by their respective organizations, Adesina said.

“The President has accepted the recommendations and directed the immediate withdrawal and replacement of all those found culpable. He has also directed that their respective organizations should mete immediate appropriate disciplinary actions to them”, Adesina added.

You may be interested

Lookman Beats Boniface, Kudus To Europa League Goal Of The Season Award
News
News

Lookman Beats Boniface, Kudus To Europa League Goal Of The Season Award

Webby - May 24, 2024

Ademola Lookman has won the 2023/24 Europa League Goal of the Season award.Lookman beat off competition from the likes of…

2026 WCQ: Finidi Unveils Super Eagles Squad For South Africa, Benin Games
Sports
2 views
Sports
2 views

2026 WCQ: Finidi Unveils Super Eagles Squad For South Africa, Benin Games

Webby - May 24, 2024

Nigeria’s Head Coach, Finidi George, has picked rave-of-the-moment Ademola Lookman, African Player of the Year Victor Osimhen and safe hands…

No Regret Choosing Nigeria Over England –Iwobi
Sports
12 views
Sports
12 views

No Regret Choosing Nigeria Over England –Iwobi

Webby - May 20, 2024

Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi has disclosed that he has no regret choosing Nigeria ahead of the Three Lions of…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.