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As Part of activity geared towards checkmating
illegal activities of smugglers, President Mohammadu Buhari has commissioned
operation “swift response” as a means of ensuring border drill exercise

 A statement obtained from a verified account of
his Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina yesterday, said
the decision was part of Federal Government’s effort to ensure food security
and improve the 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
food, materials, minerals and petroleum resources illegally trafficked across
the borders.

He, however, expressed dismay that 295
smuggled petroleum tankers were released without due authorisation on December
17, 2019 by some security officials, charged with the responsibility of
protecting 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 the government’s
efforts should be withdrawn from the border drill and sanctioned by their
respective organisations. 

The President has accepted the recommendations and
directed the immediate withdrawal and replacement of all those found
culpable. 

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