dikoBADAGRY (LAGOS STATE) – Mr Mohammed Ndalati, Comptroller of the Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service have told traditional rulers in the area to collaborate with the command to ensure peace.
Ndalati made the call when he paid courtesy visits on the traditional rulers of Kweme and Alapa Kingdoms in Badagry, near Lagos.
He urged the rulers to always caution their subjects and advise them to desist from smuggling.
“The importance of synergy between the command and your kingdoms cannot be over emphasized because it is important we cooperate.
“We need your assistance to curb illegal activities and we can achieve that only if we work together.
“Also, your subjects and youths in the community should be cautioned against carrying out illegal activities such as smuggling.
“By doing this and more, we would ensure that there would be no crisis in the community and this would ensure peace,” Ndalati said.
In his remarks, Oba Oyekan Ajose Possi 111, the Alapa of Egun-Awori in Apa Kingdom, promised that the community would help the customs service in enforcing laws.
Ajose described his community as peace-loving.
“We would help the command in its duties by obeying the laws and reporting those that violate them,” he said.
Also, Mr Sejiro James, the Aholu Henwa of Kweme Kingdom, urged the customs command to caution some of its over-zealous officers.
“We would cooperate with the command, we have been doing that and nothing would change that but the command needs to caution some of its officers.
“Some of them can be over-zealous all in the name of carrying out their duties but on the whole, we have worked together with the command.
“Our youths have been educated on various irregularities that should be avoided and they have been obedient,” Olalekan noted.