President Buhari has ordered the immediate withdrawal, replacement and sanctioned severe punishment to all the security operatives that connived to release 295 smuggled fuel tankers at the land borders in December 2019, without due authorization.
This action and probe were made public through the spokesperson of President Buhari, Femi Adesina who confirmed that there’s been a probe into the scrupulous and corrupt act of certain security operatives at sabotaging the effort of the federal government.
The statement reads in part;
“The border drill has been hugely successful and has led to the interception and seizure of large quantities of foods, materials, minerals and petroleum resources illegally trafficked across our borders. The President commends the security agencies for a job well done,” the statement read.
“He, however, finds it disheartening to learn that 295 smuggled petroleum tankers were released without due authorization on 17th December, 2019 by some security officials charged with the responsibility of protecting our borders.
“Sequel to this act, the National Security Adviser (NSA) was directed to set up a Board of Inquiry to investigate the crime, and it was recommended to the President that all officials (civilian or security operatives) found to have connived to undermine government’s efforts should be withdrawn from the border drill and severely sanctioned by their respective organizations.
“President Buhari has accepted the recommendations and directed the immediate withdrawal and replacement of all those found culpable. He has also directed that their respective organizations should mete immediate appropriate disciplinary actions to them.”
Recall that after the closure of Nigeria’s land borders in August 2019, the federal government directed that petroleum products should not be supplied to fuel stations within 20 kilometres of the borders. Photo Credit: Getty