*President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disappointment over the unauthorised release of 295 petroleum tankers seized for smuggling on 17th December 2019, by some security officials charged with the responsibility of protecting our borders.*
*_Below is a statement by the president:_*
I have approved the recommendations of the Board of Inquiry set up by the NSA to investigate the release, without due authorization, of 295 smuggled petroleum tankers, by some security officials charged with the important responsibility of protecting Nigeria’s borders.
The Board of Inquiry recommended that all officials, whether civilian or security operatives, found to have connived to undermine government’s efforts should be withdrawn from the ongoing border drill and severely sanctioned by their respective organizations.
I have accepted the recommendations and directed the immediate withdrawal and replacement of all those found culpable. Their respective organizations will also immediately take appropriate disciplinary action.
On the whole the security agencies are doing a good job, securing our borders. I commend them for this, while also reiterating that we will continue to show zero tolerance for corruption and abuse of office.