The Egba Nation would never encourage nor protect any Egba who indulges in smuggling or any act of economic sabotage, within or outside its area.
This assertion was made by the Alake and Paramount Ruler of England, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, while receiving the new Area Controller of Customs for Ogun State, Mr P C Kolo at the Ake Palace, Abeokuta on Friday 8th January 2021.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo recalled that Egbaland, as an independent Nation, had a sound system of governmental administration including customs, taxation, and other socioeconomic activities that ensured good government.
The Alake reassured the new Area Controller of Customs Service, that, no Egba compatriots would be protected for engaging in smuggling, adding that his predecessors and his own current community leadership of Egbaland, had never fronted nor condone for any social or economic criminals.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo said that he had always seen the Customs Service men as good friends and a veritable arm of government that ensured revenues for the upkeep of the country.
The Egba Apex Monarch disclosed that the Egba Nation had proudly produced many awards winning Customs Officers like the Olu of Kobape, Oba Johnson Taylor, the Onibode of Egbaland, Chief Rasheed Taiwo and others.
The Alake warned the youths not to engage in smuggling and warned the so-called professional smugglers to desist from the criminal act because, according to the Egba Paramount Monarch, “What they gained by the bend, they would definitely lose by the corner,” adding that, all their joys of many years would be lost in one day, whenever they were caught.
Earlier in his address to the Alake, the new Ogun Area Controller of Customs Service, Mr P C Kolo, promised smugglers in Ogun State, a severe and hard time, which they had never seen before, if they persist in their antisocial activities.
The Area Controller of Customs, Ogun State Command, Conptroller P C Kolo, told the Alake that his men were fully prepared to put a final stop to the nefarious activities of the smugglers in Ogun State.
Mr P C Kolo told the Alake that since he arrived in the State some five weeks ago, he had been inundated with the temerity of these economic criminals and smugglers, who had always been attacking his men while on official assignments.
The new Area Controller told the Alake that this was the first time of being in Abeokuta and posted to Ogun State, adding that he had been witnessing these ugly developments of deadly clashes between his men and the smugglers, which he said would no longer be tolerated.
He told the Alake that he had taken proactive steps to stem the situation.
According to the Customs boss, such measures included interfacing with youths on the danger of engaging the smugglers, who fight Customs men to retrieve seized goods.
The Customs Boss disclosed that he had also synergized with sister Security Agencies to be on top of the situation.
Mr P C Kolo disclosed that bold but fruitless attempts by smugglers to retrieve seized goods, and engaging his men in exchange of fire, had always led to unnecessary deaths, adding that he was saddened that some innocent civilians had been caught in crossfires.
He reassured the Alake that his Command’s proactive measures would ensure that Ogun State International Borders were safe from local and foreign economic criminals.
He therefore called on the Alake, as one of the most respectable Traditional Rulers in Nigeria to help educate the public against smuggling and any other economic crimes.m
The new Area Customs Controller entourage comprised DC Administration, D A Nnadi; DC Intelligence, DC I K Oladeji; Coordinator, Roving Team, Abeokuta Axis, AC J. Akpan; PA to CAC, DSC OQ, Ilori and the Public Relations Officer, DSC H B Oloyede.
Egba High Chiefs at the occasion were Aare Ganiu Babayeju, AgbaAkin Rasheed Raji, Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa and Baaroyin Layi Labode.