Customs Boss Sacks 29 Senior Officers for Corruption

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday said it has relieved 29 senior officers of their duties, citing corruption and various acts of gross misconduct, THISDAY reports. It said the dismissed officers are among 44 senior officers who were punished for actions capable of compromising national economy and security.

Ten other officers were retired from service, while the appointment of one officer was terminated. Also affected in the purge were four officers who were however, given written warnings to be of better conduct while another four officers who were investigated and tried for some offences were exonerated.

THISDAY gathered that four of the officers who got the hammer were of the rank of Deputy-Comptroller of Customs, while five others were Assistant-Comptroller as well as seven Chief Superintendents of Customs and four Superintendents among others.

The move was in keeping with the warning of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) who had at his assumption of office made it clear that the service would not compromise on corruption and indiscipline among the officers corps.

Following his stance on corruption, the structure and process for investigation of offences was strengthened to handle cases reported promptly and professionally.

A statement issued by the Customs Deputy Comptroller/Public Relations Officer, Mr. Wale Adeniyi, said all affected officers were given fair hearing. Only last week, 17 Junior officers were similarly dismissed from the service for offences like bribery, drug addiction, use of fake certificates and absence from duty.

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