Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has described the Nigeria Customs Service as a veritable ally in the fight against economic and financial crimes.
Magu who was speaking on November 29, 2016, during a courtesy visit to the Service lauded the synergy between the two agencies.
He however said there is need for improved inter agency collaboration among government agencies if corruption must be kicked out of Nigeria. He specifically requested for collaboration in sensitizing women against corruption in Nigeria, describing them as nation builders.
“It is in this regards that the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhariwill be flagging off the Women Against Corruption project on December 7, 2016, to engage Nigerian Women in a nation – wide sustainable fight against corruption”, Magu stated
He appealed to the Service to avail the country – wide spread of officers of theNigeria Customs Service in respect of the programme.
The Comptroller General of Customs, CGC, Col. Hameed Ali (Retd), said he was pleased to receive the EFCC team. “I can assure you we are with you shoulder to shoulder in fighting corruption. Putting heads together to work for this great nation is no longer an option”, he explained.
He continued, “What is required in an institution like yours is gut. You must have gut, be straightforward, be transparent and be an embodiment of integrity. These are the ingredients that will keep you going as EFCC chairman; all of these are not in short supply in your qualities”, he told Magu.
Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, Dr. Patience K. Iferi who was mandated by the CGC with the task of mobilising women of the Customs Service for the December 7 programme, promised that she will leave no stone unturned to have the assignment actualised. Her words: “We are integrity promoter; we are capable of being accountable. I promise, the Nigeria Customs Service is strongly behind this programme”.