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Anti Smuggling Patrol: Customs inaugurates two gun boats

Anti Smuggling Patrol: Customs inaugurates two gun boats

Breaking News, Maritime
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday inaugurated two seagoing specialized security gunboats acquired in 2015 by the immediate past Comptroller-General, Abdullahi Inde Dikko, to boost Nigeria’s anti-smuggling capacity on waters. The boats were acquired towards the end of Dikko’s administration. The present Col. Hameed Ali (retd) led leadership, on assumption of office in 2015 abandoned the patrol boats, which procurement was approved on May 9, 2012 by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) of the former President Goodluck Jonathan. Business and Maritime West Africa learnt that the patrol boats, which wasted away for years at the Marina Jetty in Lagos were acquired at over N3billion. It was also gathered that the failure of the service to utilize these boats led t...