• Fires 34 officers
  • 5 DC-Gs resign


Operation clean-up the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, may have begun in earnest yesterday when 34 senior officers were sacked from the service barely 24 hours following the sudden resignation of five key Deputy Comptroller Generals.
The exercise created tension among officers and the order ranks as they were seen in pensive mood in groups discussing their likely fate in subsequent days as the newly appointed Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), kick-started one of his core mandates to re-organise and reposition the service.
The CGC, whose appointed had generated public outburst, had initially given impression of reluctance to act swiftly as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had never hidden his disdain for the poor and inadequate operational capacity of the service.
Accordingly and against public angst against Ali’s appointment, Buhari had turned deaf ears and directed the new CGC to launch a clean-up exercise with the aim of re-strategised and repositioning to generate needed revenue as well as pluck financial leakages in the system.
A release issued by the Customs Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi, on behalf of the Comptroller General, said, “Those affected in the exercise are five Deputy Comptrollers-General of Customs, DCGs, who have earlier given notification to the Comptroller-General for voluntary disengagement. They are John Atte MFR, Ibrahim Mera OON, Musa Tahir mni, Austin Nwosu and Akinade Adewuyi.
“Three others, of the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General are also affected in the re-organisation exercise. They are Madu Mohammed mni, Secretary to the Nigeria Customs Board, Victor Gbemudu, Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘A’ and Bello Liman, Assistant Comptroller-General, (Headquarters). The rest are of the rank of Comptrollers serving in Customs Headquarters, Zonal Offices and various Area Commands.
And on the 34 senior officers, the release said the retirement of the affected officers was with immediate effect.
“As part of the ongoing re-organization in Nigeria Customs Service, 34 Senior Officers have been retired from Service with immediate effect.
“The re-organization of the service is one of the core mandates of the Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali”, the statement read.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that Col Ali (rtd) was appointed the new Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service last August following the retirement of Dikko Inde Abdullahi.
Before now, the Federal Government had consistently harped on the rot in the Customs Service stressing that it intends to re-organise, strengthen and reposition all revenue yielding agencies and paratstals to meet its targeted revenue profiles and thus boost accruable to the federation account.
Accordingly agencies like the NDLEA, NPA, CBN, NIMASA and several others are being repositioned to meet government’s desired goals.

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