President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned ‘OPERATION SWIFT RESPONSE’ as a border drill exercise to checkmate the illegal activities of smugglers across our borders.
According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the development was part of the Federal Government’s effort to ensure food security and improve local production of goods at competitive prices.
“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,” Adesina said.
He said that the President commended the security agencies for a job well done but that he however found 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that all officials (civilian or security operatives) found to have connived to undermine government’s efforts should be withdrawn from the border drill and severely sanctioned by their respective organizations,” Adesina said.
Adesina further stated the President had accepted the recommendations and directed the immediate withdrawal and replacement of all those found culpable and he had also directed that their respective organizations should meet immediate appropriate disciplinary actions to them.