As part of measures to secure Nigeria’s land and maritime borders, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security and intelligence agencies will be conducting a joint border security exercise, codenamed “EX-SWIFT RESPONSE”.
The joint exercise is being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and will take place in four geopolitical zones, namely; South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West.
The Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Customs Service, Joseph Attah, who made this known in a statement on Tuesday, said the exercise is expected to promote interagency cooperation and increase preparedness to address trans-border security challenges such as terrorism, armed banditry, smuggling, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, amongst others.
The exercise, he further noted, will also involve the movement of personnel, vehicles and equipment within the affected parts of the country.
He called on members of the public not to panic, but to continue to engage in their normal duties, as the overall objective of the exercise is to ensure a peaceful and secure country in the interest of National Security.