Anti-smugling : Operation Border Drill: Sector II, Back To Life

By Stephen Ubanna

Barely two months after the redeployment of Kehinde Hussain Ejibunu, a Customs Comptroller and former Area Controller, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, the nation’s Commercial nerve centre, to Head the newly created adhoc team, Operation whirlwind, Mohammed Salisu Shuaibu, a deputy Comptroller overseeing the Border Drill, sector II, and his officers appear to be alive to their duties.

 Until Comptroller Ejibunu relocated to his new operational office at the Customs Headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, the Border Drill, sector II, was a shadow of itself as FOU, Zone officers who were said to be everywhere in the land border locations   the south western states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states over powered them in the anti-smuggling war in the region.

 Compt. Ejibunu, had effectively used the Command officers to keep a close tab on the smugglers operating between the Benin Republic and in the six south western states making all the Contraband seizures and leaving the remnant for the Border Drill sector II, and the other Interventionists Units in the Area to intercept and seize.

DC. MS sHUAIBU, : Head Border Drill, sector II, south west Nigeria

 Many had expected DC. Shuaibu, who was said to have been redeployed from the Apapa Command, Enforcement Unit, to Head the border Drill, sector II, to effectively compete with the FOU, Zone A, under the then Leadership of  Compt.Ejibunu, because of his invaluable experience which he had acquired over the years while working as the second –in –Command to  Abdullahi Kerewa, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs , now retired.  Who had headed the defunct Comptroller General Task Force, whose sphere of of influence covered thewhole part of the country.

 Despite the knowledge believed to have been gained from the then no nonsense anti-smuggling Czar, who was said to have been given double promotion because of his spectacular Contraband seizures, DC. SUAIBU, had remained a no match remained a no match to Comptroller Ejibunu, in prosecuting the anti-smuggling war in the south western geopolitical region. Until the Customs Comptroller was redeployed to the Operation Whirlwind by Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR, the Customs Comptroller General, he gave the smugglers operating between Nigeria and Benin Republic and their sponsors around the 94 Illegal border routes in Ogun state and those operating around the Saki and Iseyin axis in Oyo and Osun states a run for their money.

  DC. Shuaibu, of the Operation Border Drill , sector II, may have taken the advantage  of the redeployment of Compt. Ejibunu , from FOU, Zone A, , and his  subsequent replacement with Compt. Kola Oladeji, described as a neophyte in Customs enforcement circles to prove that he can do the do the job.

Many believe  that he had taken the last two months that Compt. Ejibunu, had relocated to Operation Whirlwind, Operational base  in Abuja, to  obilize his officers and restrategise on how to checkmate the unrepentat smugglers   who are scattered all over the six  south western states without missing their targets.

Borderill sector II, PMS, seizures

 Given that Compt. Ejibunu and his team members, have made the first seizures of hundreds of jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit, popular petrol of 25 litres each, in the south west state of Ogun, home state of former President Olusegun Obasanjo , may have forced DC. Shuaibu and his officers to sit up.

This is evident going by the Contraband seizures by the Border Drill, sector II, team in the  last two months, of Contraband seizures ranging from  from Asian countrie of Thailand par boiled rice an India par boiled Agriculture,  Foreign  Frozen  poultry products,   West African country of Ghana  grown  and smuggled Cannabis Sativa, popular, India Hemp,     and fairly used vehicles, which had been baneed by former President Muhammadu Buhari , from coming into he country, from January 1, 2017.  This is in addition to PMS, being smuggled from Nigeria into Beninoa petroleum Products market

Given a breakdown of the seizures, an elated DC. Shuaibu , had revealed  that the Border Drill sector II, operating in the south west geopolitical region  had intercepted and seized in the last two onths  4,051 bags of foreign  par boiled rice of 50 Kg, each, 25 cartons of foreign poultry products which had been destroyed,   912 pieces of fairly used tyres, 30 sacks  of Cannabis Sativa, containing  85 blocks  and 125 wraps, including 3,51 jerrycans of 25 litres each of PMS,    valued at about N11.3 billion.  The good news was that the Border Dril , sector II, Patrol team officers   within the two months of their operation in the south western geopolitical region  may have caused more  pains for the smugglers as they  were said to  have also intercepted   seven fairly used vehicles,  one truck  and four units of motorcycles used as means of conveyance for the intercepted and seized items.

An elated DC. Shuaibu, who could not hide his feelings  had  said that   the Contraband seizures was as a result  of the intensive operation of the adhoc patrol team  officers  across  the border  routes of the six  south  western states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun , Ekiti and Ondo, home state of Olu Falae, former Secretary of Government of the Federation , during  former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida’s Administration.


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