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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has sacked 29 senior officers for “compromising the national economy”.


Last week, the service sacked 17 junior officers for drug abuse, bribery and forgery.

In a statement on Thursday, Wale Adeniyi, spokesman of the service, said the senior officers were sacked after a disciplinary panel found them guilty of offences bordering on corruption and theft.

“Twenty-nine 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,” he said.

“Ten other officers were retired from service, while the appointment of one was terminated. Four officers were given written warnings to be of better conduct while another four officers who were investigated and tried for some offences were exonerated.”

Adeniyi explained that “four of the officers who got the hammer were of the rank of deputy-comptroller; five – assistant-comptroller; seven – chief superintendent, and four – superintendent, among others.”

He said the process leading to the actions taken on the officers was painstaking and 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,” Adeniyi added.

“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.”

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  1. Can we see their names, because we no %80 of them are igbos...

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    1. If they r all igbos n so wat?
      My froiend be ursef 4 once n stop killing ur conscience gradually cos wen u finally do. Igbos wont come to ur aid.

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    2. Fool, u dnt even knw hw to write 80%,d thunder Dat ll fire u still doing press up for ur gate, Animal

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  2. Most of this officers may have made more money than they needed in their life time. So, this is of no effect. If they had been of good behaviour they may still be living from hand to mouth.
    The only part that would have seriously served as deterrent is if their names were also released to the public. It I this secrecy in handling the identity of dismissed officers that help dismissed officers of some para military org or police to go about committing all sorts of crimes while parading themselves as still in service.
    Why hold to their identity and names?

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  3. This is good one, but releasing their names will go along way in helping the Naija system.

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  4. Makes no difference. He will very soon turn around and become a civilian shipping agent, bring in vehicles and contraband for sale through his former colleagues who, of course, will aid and abet him worse than when he had been in service. Nigeria Nigeria. If someone has committed an offense bordering on national security prosecute and jail him, That is the process. No sacred cows!

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  5. Very corrupt system called Customs..where they demand you bring 2m cash even at night when they sieze your. Imagine a team of 5 people getting and share such in one day.

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