“Change The Phase of Reporting Ogun As A War Zone” – New Customs Boss Charged Media Houses


The new Comptroller General of Ogun Area 1, Compt Dera Nnadi, has charged all media personnel to change the narrative of reporting Ogun State as a war zone on their various platforms.

Compt Nnadi gave the charge while addressing the public at a Press Conference on the score card of the Nigerian Customs Service, Ogun 1 Area Command, on Wednesday, 24th of November 2021, at Customs Office, Quarry Road, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The Ogun Customs Boss lamented that the headlines of various newspapers usually depict Ogun as a war zone, where killings between smugglers and Customs officers were rampant.

He added that this was not so, and that media professionals should always endeavour to carry out detailed investigations before finalising their reports.

He further stated that such headlines scares away investors and creates a dark picture in the minds of the people.

Compt Nnadi, who assumed office on October 18, 2021, disclosed that he had visited Traditional rulers in Ogun State, including the Chairman of Ogun State Council of Obas and the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, and other Traditional monarchs and institutions.

He recalled that when he was at Yewa, he charged the Traditional Rulers seated at the occasion, who were over 35, to look back into their history and see where things got wrong because Yewa was known to be a much more peaceful place.

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He said, “They were never known for this level of smuggling,” adding that there was need to change the narrative by sensitising the youths and the entire citizenry.

“Ogun State is a place where indigenes cooperate with Customs officers and not a war zone.” He reiterated.

Other Custom officials present included Deputy Admin P. Akpan, Gbagudu Usman – Head of Operations Abeokuta Command, PRO Oloyede, and others.

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