Official misconduct: Customs indicts two top officers

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Nigeria Customs Service

By Eguono Odjegba

THERE are sturdy indications that the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, might have sacked two Assistant Comptrollers General, ACGs, (names withheld by Vanguard Maritime Report) following advice of a Disciplinary Committee it set as much as examine the affected officers over alleged official misconducts.

Information out there to Vanguard Maritime Report recommend {that a} verdict of obligatory retirement and dismissal, respectively, had been advisable for the embattled officers.

While one in every of them bumped into bother for reportedly raiding the warehouse of 1 Alhaji Habu Sarkin-Fulani, pal of President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, the opposite is believed to have been implicated in a botched smuggling of 295 vans of petroleum merchandise someday in December 2019, whereas serving underneath the Joint Security Border Patrol.

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Both ACGs who had been individually advisable for in-house disciplinary probe are believed to have been discovered wanting, and subsequently advisable for retirement and dismissal, respectively.

When contacted, the Customs National Public Relations Officer, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah denied data of the sanction of any administration employees.

Attah who additionally doubles as spokesman of the Joint Security Border Patrol, defined that no such motion can happen with out the ratification of the Customs Board.

While confirming that some officers of the Service had been listed to look earlier than the Customs Disciplinary Committee and a Presidential Probe Panel arrange first quarter this yr and underneath the management of the Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, Attah mentioned he was not conscious that the Customs board has sat to debate the suggestions.

His phrases: “I don’t know what you’re speaking about. I’m not conscious that any ACG has been sacked. The service process doesn’t permit such issues to occur when the Customs board didn’t talk about or endorse such motion.

“Because of the coronavirus pandemic and national lockdown, the board has not been able to meet for a long time. Therefore, you are acting on rumour and this does not serve the country in any positive light.”

Corroborating, a reliable prime supply mentioned no particular motion will be taken on the suggestions of both the Customs Disciplinary Committee and Presidential Security Probe Panel till the Customs board sit, talk about and endorse; whereas noting that the board may additionally take personal place relying on overriding components, and topic the totally different instances for additional overview.

Meanwhile, Vanguard Maritime Report additionally gathered that information of the event is believed to have despatched jitters and apprehension throughout formations and instructions of the Service nationwide, in view of the massive respect the 2 ACGs are believed to command within the Service.

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