The Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Services (NCS), Musa Tahir, has blamed the colonial administration for the prevalence of porous borders in the country.
Mr Tahir, as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said on Monday, “When people talk about the porosity of the borders, there’s one thing that comes to mind; you have to remember that these borders were creation of our colonial masters and they were arbitrarily drawn across the borders.”
The customs boss acknowledged that Nigeria’s borders lack adequate equipment to check what enters and leaves the country.
The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro hasd last week expressed concern that Nigerian borders remain porous despite efforts to address the situation.
Mr. Moro revealed that the ministry was currently working on deploying modern technology to effectively secure the 1,497 illegal routes into the country. These include Electronic Passenger Registration System, finger printing at borders, and mobile border patrol units.
Mr Tahir said since the current Comptroller General of the NCS, Abdullahi Dikko, the personnel of the Customs services has increased the surveillance of the borders.
“Since assumption of power by the present Comptroller General, Alhaji Abdullahi Inde Dikko, he has focused on the issue of borders. One of the first things he did was to ensure that the welfare of the officers is enhanced.
“Not only that, he made sure that he purchased more than 500 patrol vehicles. Additionally, he sought for permission and some AK47; he also purchased body armour for officers. These and other things to make sure that officers are highly empowered,” he said.