…seeks traditional rulers’ support
The new Controller of Nigeria Customs Service in charge of Ogun 1 Area Command, Peter Chad Kolo has said the Command is no killer squad but a revenue generating agency operating under the rules and guidelines set up by the Federal Government.
He said this during his courtesy visits to the Alake and the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Agura of Gbagura, Oba Saburi Bakare and the Olu of Kobape, Oba Olufemi AllenTaylor.
According to Kolo, Nigeria Customs Service is not a blood-tasty organisation but it is a government agency that works under laid down rules and regulations hence, the need for traditional rulers and all necessary stakeholders to join hands and support the Customs.
He appealed to Alake and other traditional rulers to educate and enlighten their subjects particularly, smugglers and the youth on the need to see Customs officers as friends who were working for the economic development of the nation.
Disturbed by the recent killings at Ayetoro and Obafemi Owode, the new Controller said he has taken some steps and informed Customs headquarters all they needed to do, believing that such incidents would not occur again.
He further called for cooperation from the monarchs and all stakeholders with the Customs saying, the craze for imported goods by Nigerians was doing no good but hampering the economic development of the country and creating unemployment for its teeming youths.
“I had witnessed some ugly incidents in the few weeks that I resumed in the State. There has been lost of lives through stray bullets during crossfire between Customs and smugglers and the worst thing is that the innocent lives were affected.
“This is the reason why we have to come out and appeal to our royal fathers and stakeholders for their collaboration to prevail on our youths to stop smuggling but embrace legitimate businesses.
“We are ready to facilitate,encourage and support legal trades,”Controller Kolo said.
In his response the Alake of Egbaland pledged his support for the Customs and prayed for the new Controller to succeed in Ogun State.
Kabiyesi noted that many retired Customs Officers are today traditional rulers citing example of Agura of Gbagura, Oba Saburi Bakare and the Olu of Kobape,Oba Olufemi Allen Taylor saying, the new Controller is at home.
Also in their separate responses, the Agura of Gbagura, and Olu of Kobape, who are also retired Customs officers pledged their supports to ensure a successful tenure for their former colleague.
Controller Kolo ended his courtesy visit at 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta where he had a closed-door meeting with the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General EJ Amadasun.