JUST IN: Nigeria Custom Fires 29 Senior Officers

By Ikenga Chronicles October 20, 2016

JUST IN: Nigeria Custom Fires 29 Senior Officers

The Nigeria Custom Service, has on Thursday sacked Twenty-nine Senior officers for various acts of gross misconduct.

The custom Spokesman Wale Adeniyi said that that the dismissed officers are among 44 senior officers who were punished for actions capable of compromising national economy and security.

The Statement reads in full:

Twenty-nine (29) Senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been
dismissed for various acts of gross misconduct. The dismissed officers are
among forty-four (44) Senior officers who were punished for actions capable
of compromising national economy and security.

“Ten (10) other officers were retired from Service, while the appointment
of one (1) was terminated. Four (4) officers were given written warnings to
be of better conduct while another 4 officers who were investigated and
tried for some offences were exonerated. Four (4) of the officers who got
the hammer were of the rank of Deputy-Comptroller of Customs, while five
(5) were Assistant-Comptroller. Others were seven (7) Chief Superintendents
of Customs and four (4) Superintendents, among others.

“Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd) had made it clear
upon his assumption of duties that the Service will not compromise on
Corruption and Indiscipline among the officers corps. In line with this,
the structure and process for investigation of offences was strengthened to
handle cases reported promptly and professionally.

“We will give all officers fair hearing in line with the principle of
natural justice. We will however insist that sanctions be punitive, not
only to match the offence committed, but to serve as deterrent to others”,
the CGC remarked at Management meeting convened to consider the report of
the Disciplinary Committee that investigated the cases.

“The process leading to the actions taken on the officers was painstaking
in line with the Public Service Rules (PSR). All the officers were served
with Queries indicating offences committed, before they made appearances
before the Special Investigation Committee. The Committee’s recommendation
was discussed and approved by the Customs Management. The recommendation
was thereafter referred to the Presidency for ratification, in the absence
of a substantive Board for the Nigeria Customs Service. All the officers
affected in the exercise have been communicated accordingly.

“The Comptroller-General warned officers that punitive sanctions will
continue to be used to discipline officers who refuse to embrace change.

“Officers affected in this exercise were investigated for involvement in
improper examination and release of containers without proper documentation
and payment of duties, illegal release of goods in advance before the
arrival of vessels, collection of bribe to release prohibited items,
release of export prohibitions, fraudulent sale of seized items, use of
fake certificates and bribery to secure auctioned goods.

“Last week, seventeen (17) Junior officers were similarly dismissed from
service for offences like bribery, drug addiction, use of fake certificates
and absence from duty.”

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