…As Customs, NSCDC emerge champions of Volleyball Premier League***
Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Border Control at Kongolam, Katsina State, have intercepted 28 persons on the verge of being smuggled out of the country.
The NIS’ Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, in Abuja, said 19 females and nine males were now in the custody of NIS.
James said they were intercepted and detained, when they attempted to cross the Kongolam border heading to Niger Republic, in company of the human smugglers under the pretext that they were going to Agadez, in Niger Republic, to take up jobs.
“When interrogated, the victims were lost between the truth and reality of disclosures as most of them left without informing their parents of their plans and destination.
“They were under the illusion that they were going to take up jobs promised them by the human smugglers,’’ he said.
The Comptroller General of NIS, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, called on young Nigerians to avoid being lured into travelling outside the shores of the country in the name of securing non-existing jobs.
Babandede said it was obvious that these youths were unaware of the dangers of such journeys as most of them, who even made it through the desert, were often subjected to many form of abuse in the hands of the smugglers who would seize their travel documents.
He expressed dismay that even with recent arrest at Kongolam, many were still willing to take the risks.
“We appreciate the activeness of our gallant operatives that have stepped up patrol and other control measures in compliance with the directive on operating an airtight border security and patrol, to stop irregular migration out of and into Nigeria.
“The operation in bases across the country is yielding positive results as the operatives have a befitting accommodation, vehicles and incentives to make their job easier.
“This has reduced the tendency of being induced to prompt compromise in the course of carrying out their duties.
“The operatives are in their top form to guarantee safe and secure national borders for Nigeria,’’ Babandede said.
In another development, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), male team and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) female team, have emerged champions of the 2019 National Volleyball Premier League.
They both emerged champions in the male and female categories of the league on Saturday, after 10 days of scintillating performance at the indoor sports hall, package B of the Moshood Abiola National Staduim. Abuja.
Though the Civil Defence (male) narrowly defeated the all conquering Customs in a titanic battle 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9) on the last day, it was too little, too late as the well drilled Customs men retained their title, having won all their four previous games.
At the end of the pulsating league, Customs finished with 30 points, followed by NSCDC -24 points, Kano pillars -23 points, police-22 points, Nigeria Immigrations Service (NIS)-19 points and UCEM team- 2 points.
In the female category, NSCDC outclassed the sleek Customs ladies 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-18) to dethrone them as champions.
The NSCDC ladies emerged champions with 32 points, followed by Customs-28 points, Army-20 points, Immigration- 10 points, Kada Emeralds- 9 points and Benue Queens- 3 points.
Head Coach of the NCS male team Eric Kefas, highlighted after the match that his team worked hard to retain the title.
Kefas assured fans that the team would go back to the drawing board to correct some of the lapses noticed, especially during the last game.
According to him, the team will put up an impressive performance when they play at the continental club championship next year.
“We promised to win the title at the end of the tournament, and we have done that all thanks to the Nigeria Customs service for their support.
“We are now going to shift all our attention to the continental club championship coming up next year and we promise to do the nation proud,’’ the coach said.
The male teams that participated in the league were NCS, NSCDC, The Nigeria Police, Kano Pillars, Plateau Rocks, UCEM and Famous Spiders, while the female teams were: NCS, NSCDC, NIS, COAS-Army, Benue Queens, Delta Force and Kada Emeralds.