President Mohammadu Buhari, has called for disciplinary action to be meted to security agents that are found guilty of sabotaging the efforts or the federal government, towards the border closure.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity said, the President has already called for immediate withdrawal and replacement of all those found culpable.
“As part of the Federal Government’s effort to ensure food security and improve local production of goods at competitive prices, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned ‘OPERATION SWIFT RESPONSE’ as a border drill exercise to checkmate the illegal activities of smugglers across our borders.
“The border drill has been hugely successful and has led to the interception and seizure of large quantities of foods, materials, minerals and petroleum resources illegally trafficked across our borders. The President commends the security agencies for a job well done.
“He, however, finds it disheartening to learn that 295 smuggled petroleum tankers were released without due authorization on 17th December, 2019 by some security officials charged with the responsibility of protecting our 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that all officials (civilian or security operatives) found to have connived to undermine government’s efforts should be withdrawn from the border drill and severely sanctioned by their respective organizations.
The president according to the statement, has also directed the respective organizations to issue appropriate disciplinary actions to the erring security agents.
“He has also directed that their respective organizations should mete immediate appropriate disciplinary actions to them,” the statement explained.