Customs Boss, Others Bag Award


The Comptroller, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Command of the Nigeria Customs Service,  Mr. Banji Akinloye, has been commended for his efforts in combating crime at the  port.

The commendation was made by a group, Society for Public Orientation Against Drug  and Crime, (SPODAC).

He was awarded the Best Distinguished Leadership award at SPODAC’s third  anniversary, which took place at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ikeja, Lagos.

According to the National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Fidelis Ogar, Akinloye has  displayed an outstanding performance in office, seeing to it that nothing  disreputable gets into the country.

In his response, Akinloye said he appreciated the award.

“I really appreciate this award today and we in the Nigeria Customs Service, under  the leadership of Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, will do everything possible to make sure  that nothing unwholesome gets into Nigeria,” he promised.

The guest speaker of the occasion, Barrister Anthony Ebeh, while speaking at the  award presentation, urged the youths to come out, register and vote in the 2011  general elections to ensure a free, fair and credible poll.

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He identified the problems facing Nigerians as the absence of voters’ registration.

“In the absence of voters’ register, every other thing about election is wasted and  that will make it impossible to have free, fair and transparent election.” Ebeh  said.

Delivering his welcome address, Ogar noted that just as the 2011 elections approach,  the group has set a course to educate and sensitise the youths against electoral  malpractices and political thuggery.

“You will agree with me that most of the heinous crimes committed today is  perpetrated by the youths under the influence of drugs. We have in the past six  months embarked on aggressive sensitisation seminars to educate the youths and the  entire citizenry on the dangers inherent in drug abuse, electoral fraud and  thuggery,” Ogar said.

Other awardees include Assistant Comptroller of the Kirikiri Ligther Command, Mr.  Kalla and Dr. Paul Olisa Ojeh, among others.

—Adeyera Olubunmi

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