Following the arrest of a driver with a trailer load of arms in Onitsha, Anambra State, and a vessel suspected to be carrying small arms and ammunition at Onne Port in Rivers State, the Public Relations officer of the National Task Force South West, Chief Jeff Imo, has promised a hard time for importers of illegal arms in the country.
Addressing journalists in his Apapa, Lagos office, Chief Imo described the arrest of the trailer load of arms at Onitsha and the vessel at Onne as a tip of the iceberg.
The former university lecturer disclosed that by these arrests, the body has sent signals that it is not going to take nonsense from importers of arms and other banned goods, henceforth.
He promised perpetrators of heinous crimes like smuggling that it is not going to be business as usual.
He commended the Federal Government for setting up the task force, stressing that the agency will fully compliment the activities of other security agencies to stem the rising tide of crime in the country.
On the duties assigned to the task force, Chief Imo disclosed that the body was independent of other bodies in its mode of operation. According to him, the task force is not to duplicate the functions of the Customs and Excise or other agencies saddled withÂ similar responsibilities, but to fill the vacuum that are glaringly noticeable.
”Let me use this opportunity to make it clear and loud that the agency will not be deterred in its civic responsibilities to the good people of Nigeria whose lives and properties are daily terminated and damaged.
”Let those who think it is going to be business as usual have a rethink as they will be picked up and made to face the music,” he added.suspected vessel that berths in our ports 100 percent and that we shall do, no matter who is involved.”