Border closure: Nigerians have natural tendency to commit crime ~ Col. Hameed Ali(rtd)


Comptroller General, of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali(rtd) has said that Nigerians have natural tendency to commit crimes.

He decried that rice and other prohibited goods still found their way into Nigeria, while the Customs officers intercepted smuggled Pangolin scales valued at N10.26bn.

Ali also disclosed the seizure of $8.06m cash off the tarmac at the International wing of the Murtala Mohammed airport.

Ali said the Pangolin scales were intercepted along the Isheri axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. He noted that Pangolin was a highly endangered species and international law prohibited its trade in any form.
According to him, the price of the scales, which goes for $3000 per kilo was the reason it was irresistible to smugglers.

He said further:
“The fact that we have border closure and people still bring rice and other items into the country shows that our people have the natural tendency to commit crime.

“We need the cooperation of the media and the general public to get the right information that would help us do our job because Customs are not magicians.

“Before you know it, illicit drugs, weapons, and other dangerous materials will come in and your children and relations will become victims of these dangerous items”.

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