December 5, 2022

BREAKING: Buhari approves crackdown on security agents undermining Nigerian border drill

Photos: President Buhari and his delegation observe a minute silence in honour of Nigerians recently killed by Boko-Haram in Borno State while meeting with Nigerians in Diaspora Living in Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on 11th Feb 2020 Diaspora 5: President Buhari receiving a presentation from President of Nigeria Community in Ethiopia Mr David Omozuafoh and other members of the group while meeting with Nigerians in Diaspora Living in Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on 11th Feb 2020
President Buhari and his delegation observe a minute silence in honor of Nigerians recently killed by Boko-Haram in Borno State while meeting with Nigerians in Diaspora Living in Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on 11th Feb 2020

As part of the Federal Government’s effort to ensure food security and improve local production of goods at competitive prices, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned ‘OPERATION SWIFT RESPONSE’ as a border drill exercise to checkmate the illegal activities of smugglers across our borders.

The border drill has been hugely successful and has led to the interception and seizure of large quantities of foods, materials, minerals and petroleum resources illegally trafficked across our borders. The President commends the security agencies for a job well done.

He, however, finds it disheartening to learn that 295 smuggled petroleum tankers were released without due authorization on 17th December, 2019 by some security officials charged with the responsibility of protecting our borders.

Sequel to this act, the National Security Adviser (NSA) was directed to set up a Board of Inquiry to investigate the crime, and it was 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that all officials (civilian or security operatives) found to have connived to undermine government’s efforts should be withdrawn from the border drill and severely sanctioned by their respective organizations.

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.

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