The Nigeria Customs Service on Monday said it will use drones to monitor the border in order to reduce the influx of smuggling prohibited items, particularly rice into the country.
Aminu Dangalidima, the Deputy Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection, Nigeria Customs Service, said this during the issuance of 30 additional Toyota Hilux patrol vehicles to the Strike Force team of the service.
The DCG said with the release of the vehicles, the service was in a better position to check the activities of rice smugglers.
He stated, “The issuance of the vehicles is part of the Federal Government’s support to curtail smuggling of prohibited items, especially rice. With this robust support coming from the Federal Government, the Nigeria Customs Service is in a better position to deal ruthlessly with the enemies of Nigeria’s security and economic prosperity.
“With these vehicles, our response time at the scene of any smuggling activity will be swift and decisive.”
Dangaladima warned officers of the service who would use the vehicles not to compromise their professional integrity in the discharge of their duties.
He said apart from the vehicles, the service was working with the NAF to deploy drones for border surveillance.
This, according to him, will assist in reducing the activities of smugglers at the borders.
He said, “We are using technology to check smuggling and this is part of it. We are even thinking higher than this. We are thinking of having drones and we are also thinking of trying to bring in the Air Force.
“We are also trying to have the un-manned aerial vehicles and others that can assist us; and all these are in progress.”
Dangaladima added that once the service was able to reduce the activities of smugglers, it would result into improved revenue for the government.
“We will be able to boost revenue generation once we are able to block leakages,” he noted