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The Federal Government has extended the joint border operations code-named ‘Exercise Swift Response’ till next year, Concise News reports.

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the exercise until January 31, 2020.

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This was revealed in a memo dated November 1, 2019, and signed by the Comptroller of Customs in charge of enforcement, Victor David Dimka.

Dimka directed them to note the new development and comply accordingly. He noted that the exercise has recorded “overwhelming success,” considering its benefits to the nation’s economy and security.

He, however, said the Customs had observed that a few strategic objectives had not been achieved, necessitating the extension.

The memo read: “I am directed to inform you that it is observed that despite the overwhelming success of the operation, particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are you to be achieved.

“Against this background, Mr President has approved the extension of the exercise to January 31, 2020.

“Consequently, you are requested to convey the development to all personnel for their awareness and guidance.

“Meanwhile, allowance for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension will be paid as soon as possible.

“This is for your information and necessary action, please.”

On August 20, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, announced the commencement of “Exercise Swift Response” to sanitise the land borders against smuggling.

The exercise is being conducted by the Customs in collaboration with operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and other security agencies.