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Published On: Fri, May 25th, 2018

Adamawa/Taraba: Hard times await smugglers, tax invaders – Customs boss

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By Umar Dankano Yola

Despite the porous nature and geographical position of Adamawa and Taraba states in the North Eastern part of the country, hard times await the unrepentant smugglers sabotaging the economy in the area due to the assurances of renewed working synergy from sister security agencies.
Comptroller of Customs in the area , Mr.Kamardeen Olumoh FSI has pledged new security synergy to man the two states under his command.
Comptroller Kamardeen Olumoh,who just resumed duty the Command last month (April) after the normal handing and taking over from his predecessor, Comptroller Francis Kayode Olatunji decided with his management team to go out on familiarization tour to the formations under him and some sister security departments with a view to press the correct buttons for positive or fruitful results in reducing,if not eradicating smuggling activities.
Olumoh whose first point of call was the Palace of the Emir of Mubi in the Northern Senatorial District in the state, registered the condolences of the Comptroller General of Customs,NSC,Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd) over the recent twin bomb blasts that was suspected to have been detonated by two Boko Haram suicide bombers at a mosque and second hand clothes market killing many and injuring scores saying the service condemned the cowardice act in strong terms.
Olumoh explained that the people need to be vigilant with a view to noticing strange or suspected movements by bad eggs especially in crowded locations, urging people that security issues is a collective responsibility not for security agents alone.
He told the Emir that Mubi town is among the viable areas where revenue collection is recorded on high scale, mostly on agricultural products such as sesame seeds, rice, ground nut, maize and cattle businesses among others, appealing for more cooperation.
“Sir, records at my disposal have shown that Mubi is one of the most viable area where we generate revenue due to commercial activities especially on agricultural products like; sesame seeds, maize, groundnuts, pepper and cattle business among others.
“So please we need that continued support from your respected Emirate in assisting in sensitizing your people to cooperate with us because it is through the revenue we generate, government can provide basic amenities of life to its teeming citizenry,” Olumoh appealed.
Responding, the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Isah Ahmadu congratulated the new comptroller for his promotion and posting to the area telling him that, part of his Emirate contributions in maintaining peace and security, every week he summons head of security in the broader town for accessing security situation.
Emir Ahmadu pledged to accord the customs and other security agencies necessary support and cooperation adding that his area is a border commercial centre where traders from neighboring countries like Cameroun,Chad ,Central Africa Republic and Niger patronize, so security personnel must be at alert and need support from all.
After the courtesy call on the Emir, the Comptroller held a stakeholders meeting with the heads of all security outfits and some leaders of traders based in Mubi at the Customs office situated at the heart of the town where issues of working synergy and challenges and how to tackle them were discussed.
In the meeting kick started by the officer in charge of Mubi customs office,Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC) Aliyu Bende Bunza told the comptroller that he receives cordial working relationship with all the sister security agencies which has greatly assisted in foiling many smuggling activities despite the mountainous terrain of the border town.
Contributing to the meeting, Chairman Traders Association Mubi, Alhaji Hassan Kucheb said the cooperation his members have according the customs and other security outfits is second to none noting that the recent bomb blast has affected the business activities in the area.
Kucheb maintained that most of the counterparts from neighboring countries like Cameroun and Chad have stopped patronizing the Mubi International Cattle Market where they use to bring agricultural products alone for sale but now fear of uncertainty have scared them, a situation that negates the revenue generation drive put in place.
Comptroller Olumoh while expressing his appreciation to the cooperation existing among the security operatives charged them to sustain the tempo so that the security of the area and country at large can be guaranteed where Nigerians can be free to go about their legitimate businesses.
While in the border town between Nigeria and Cameroon ,Sahuda town, all the security agents of different departments including that of Cameroon Republic were at hand to welcome the entourage of the new Comptroller led by the customs in charge,CSC Tolani Akin Adedoyin. The realm of the song of cordial working relationship between the security officials was the same as that of Mubi as confirmed by Mr.Bdier Mbele attached to Boukoula Customs Office Cameroonian interview with journalists saying that they all work assiduously as a family in checking what goes in and out of the two countries.
“While thanking immensely, in anticipation of the early consideration and confirmation of the above appointments by the distinguished senators, please accept, Mr Senate president, the assurance of my highest consideration.”

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