[NEWS] NIGERIA, BENIN REPUBLIC SETS UP JOINT COMMITTEE ON SMUGGLING

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, ON WEDNESDAY RECEIVED PRESIDENT PATRICE TALON OF THE REPUBLIC OF BENIN AT STATE HOUSE, ABUJA, WHERE THEY AGREED ON THE NEED FOR A JOINT COMMITTEE TO COMBAT SMUGGLING.

ALSO TO BE CONSULTED IN THE WORKINGS OF THE COMMITTEE IS NIGER REPUBLIC, WHICH IS BELIEVED TO BE A TRANSIT POINT IN THE CIRCLE OF SMUGGLING OF COMMODITIES, INTO NIGERIA.

ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL ADVISER ON MEDIA AND PUBLICITY, FEMI ADESINA, PRESIDENT BUHARI, NOTED THAT A MORE SINISTER SIDE TO THE SMUGGLING MENACE, IS THE INFLUX OF SMALL ARMS AND AMMUNITION INTO THE COUNTRY, THUS INCREASING THE RATE OF INSECURITY.

HOWEVER, PRESIDENT BUHARI ALSO WELCOMED THE IDEA OF A RAIL NETWORK TO LINK NIGERIA, BENIN REPUBLIC, NIGER REPUBLIC, AND SOME OTHER COUNTRIES, SAYING IT WILL BE SUBJECTED TO FURTHER COMPREHENSIVE STUDY.