The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has sacked 17 junior officers from the Service for offences ranging from drug addiction, certificate forgery, theft and absence from duty from January to September, 2016.
According to a statement by the Customs Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi, the Service also terminated the appointment of two other Officers for absence from duty while one officer was retired for drug addiction.
He said, “Investigations into offences committed by the officers in the senior category are now being concluded. Officers found guilty are expected to face similar penalties.
“These disciplinary measures were taken after series of investigations and deliberations by the disciplinary committee and recommendations were made to the management.
“This process is a continuation of the reform agenda which the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) promised upon his assumption of office which emphasized discipline, good conduct and transparency.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of the NCS has disclosed that it has made seizures worth over N1.2billion from January to September 2016.
This was even as it said it recorded N403 million from intervention in nine months.
In a document exclusively obtained by LEADERSHIP over the weekend, the command said the amount recorded was Duty Paid Value (DPV) on smuggled rice, frozen poultry products, vehicles, vegetable oil and general Merchandise it seized.
According to the document, the anti-smuggling unit of the service also arrested 163 suspected smugglers in the period under review.
The document put DPV of 41,138 cartons of frozen poultry products seized at N222million while that of 56 units of 12 cut buses at N105million.
“On vegetable oil, 382 Jerry cans, 286 cartons, 120 pieces of 10L and 1250 empty Jerry cans with DPV of N35million were seized,’’ the statement read in part.
According ot the statement, other items seized include: new and used textiles materials; new and used footwears; mosquito insecticides; Bonita Spaghetti; soap; Used tyres; raw and unprocessed hides and skin with DPV at N621million.
Meanwhile, the record of revenue figures from collected for nine months include N33million in January, N52m illion in February while N62million was generated in March.
The unit generated N64million in April; N74million in May; N27million in June while N32million was generated in July; N27million in August and N30million in September.
The Customs Area Comptroller (CAC), Controller Mohammed Dahiru said the unit has been able to suppress smuggling.
I believe we have been able to achieve greater percentage of suppressing smuggling and if somebody is to be objective and be fair to the Nigeria Customs Service, you will give Nigeria Customs Service a pass mark.