President Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered severe sanctions on security personnel who allegedly released 295 trucks of petroleum products seized at the nation’s borders.
Buhari who received report of an investigation panel on the activities of the border patrol teams directed the National Security Adviser to ensure that the various Services meted out appropriate sanctions to those implicated in the unwholesome act.
The president had approved ‘Operation Swift Response’ as part of the Federal Government’s effort to ensure food security and improve local production of goods at competitive prices.The border drill exercise was to checkmate the illegal activities of smugglers across the nation’s 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,” said Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president in a statement at the weekened.
He, said however the president found it disheartening that the 295 smuggled petroleum tankers were released without due authorization on 17th December, 2019 by some security officials charged with the responsibility of protecting the 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that all officials (civilian or security operatives) found to have connived to undermine government’s efforts should be withdrawn from the border drill and severely sanctioned by their respective organizations.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 has accepted the recommendations and directed the immediate withdrawal and replacement of all those found culpable. He has also directed that their respective organizations should mete immediate appropriate disciplinary actions to them,” the statement said.