The Federal government has been called upon to reconsider the reopening of the nation’s borders especially in the South West Region to allow legitimate trade to thrive .

His Royal Majesty ( HRM) the Olu of Ilaro, Kehinde Olugbenle pleaded with the Comptroller General, Col Hameed Ali (rtd) to wade into the continuous border closure as it has caused more economic hardship to inhabitants of the Border communities in Idiroko, Seme, and Yewa.

The Royal father who was on a condolence visit to the Controller of the Federal Operations Unit, zone A, Deputy Compt Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu noted that the border communities had never had it so bad.

“We must review the continued closure so that we can separate the wheat from the chaff “

He regretted that tge border closure is going almost two and half years noting that to make it worse, there is nothing on ground to cushion the effects of the hardship currently faced by indigenes of such areas.

According to him, the ugly situation at the border stations resulting to violence and loss of lives inflicted by smugglers was as a result of the presence of miscreants who came from far and near to domicile for business adding that such atrocities against the customs personnel who are doing their lawful duties were not from his subjects perse .

Noting that in the absence of any job to do, the youths have been forced to eke out a living through other means. He also wondered what and one can do to checkmate smuggling in an area dotted with more than 1000 illegal routes in Yewaland.
He stated that the receiver chain must be cut off if the anti smuggling Operations must usher in the expected results.

” For now, rice is a staple food, it is an essential commodity, giving rise to its patronage in spite of huge rice farms across the country.
On steps towards solving customs/ communities clashes, he advocated for constant advocacy through the traditional rulers, regretting that of all the trips to the border communitieson on how to settle such skirmishes, ” Comptroller General , Col Hameed Ali (rtd) had not found my office critical to engage with”

The Royal father sent his communities condolences to the customs hierarch on the killing of three of its officers and prayed that the families would have the fortitude to bear the great loss
Responding, the FOU ‘A’ boss, Deputy Compt Ejibunu said smuggling kills the economy of any nation stressing that the Unit would not allow it to fester

He however, agreed that there needs to be more constant engagement with the host communities at the border stations to lecture them on the intricacies and dangers inherent in such economic sabotage.
Ejibunu disclosed that the paramount ruler’s visit was the first time the Unit was witnessing such Royal entourage to commiserate with the officers and men on the loss of their three colleagues recently

He said their would not be in vain as they would redouble their efforts in stamping out illegal trade across the western zone

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