Hammer falls on 23 Customs officers

Posted by News Express | 10 March 2015 | 4,571 times

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Twenty-three senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been sanctioned for various offences in the first two months of 2015.

Twelve of the officers were suspended from service pending the outcome of investigations while 11 others are currently facing investigative panels set up by the Comptroller General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi, Public Relations Officer Wale Adeniyi said in a statement he signed on behalf of the Comptroller General.

“Among those suspended are three Assistant Superintendents of Customs implicated in a case of extortion at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. The officers attached to the Currency Declaration desk at the airport got into trouble for allegedly extorting the sum of 13,000 USD during the outward clearance of a passenger on Emirates Airline flight,” Adeniyi said in the statement issued this morning in Abuja.

He disclosed that two others, also Assistant Superintendents serving in Seme Command, are suspended from Customs for alleged rape, an offence said to have been committed in the Badagry area of Lagos.

“Comptroller General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi, expressed regrets that the involvement of young officers recently recruited into the Service in various illegal acts is worrisome.  He warned that the Service will not tolerate such officers, noting that the machinery for investigations in the service will be strengthened to punish erring officers,” the statement said.

It added: “Mid-level management officers serving in the Ports were also affected in the recent action as five Assistant Comptrollers of Customs serving in Tin Can Island Port are among those suspended from service for improper release of seizures.

“Five others, including a Deputy Comptroller serving in Apapa Port, have appeared at the investigative panel for negligence and improper examination of containers. The outstanding six officers were made to appear before the same panel for offences ranges from hacking of passwords, falsification of academics certificates, negligence and general indiscipline.

“The Comptroller General said the Service will go after officers operating illegal check points. He acknowledged persistent complaint he has received on some route particularly around Kogi, Ondo and Edo state. He assured motorists that special units of his office will conduct special surveillance operation to apprehend the culprit. He warned that officers operating such illegal check points will be severely punished.”

•Photo shows Customs Comptroller General, Dikko Inde Abdullahi.

Source: News Express

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