As part of measures to secure Nigeria’s land and maritime borders, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security and intelligence agencies will be conducting a joint border security exercise, codenamed “EX-SWIFT RESPONSE”.
The National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr. Joseph Attah who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said that the joint exercise which was being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) would take place in four geopolitical zones, namely; South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West.
Attah noted that the exercise was expected to promote inter-agency cooperation and increase preparedness to address trans-border security challenges such as terrorism, armed banditry, smuggling, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, amongst others.
He added that the exercise would also involve the movement of personnel, vehicles and equipment within the affected parts of the country.
“Therefore, we call on members of the public not to panic and should continue to engage in their normal duties. The overall objective is to ensure a peaceful and secured country in the interest of our national security”, he said.
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