Corrupt Customs Officials Will Be Jailed – Comptroller

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has warned officers and men of the service to desist from corrupt practices, saying anyone found culpable will be dismissed and jailed.

Ali gave the warning in Calabar while addressing officers and men of the Customs Service on the need to be of good conduct and show professionalism while carrying out their duties.

He said his administration has zero tolerance for corruption, hence the need for officers and men of the Service to shun all corrupt practices.

His words, “I want to make it clear to all of you that I have zero tolerance for indiscipline and corruption. I will dismiss and jail any officer found guilty.

“Indiscipline will no longer have a place in the Nigeria Customs Service. We must have officers and men with impeccable characters to promote the image of the service.

“Anyone caught falsifying any document or compromising with fake imported goods will also be dismissed and jailed.

“We have resolved that anyone caught in an unprofessional conduct, no matter the circumstances, will be dismissed and jailed for the offence.”

According to him, the dismissal and incarceration will send a strong message to others and this would do well to reform the service.

“I am determined to undertake reforms and reconstruct the service to collect more revenue into the coffers of the Federal Government.

“We have been seen as the most indisciplined paramilitary organization because we have refused to obey the laws that govern us.

“Paramilitary is all about discipline and we must operate on that basis. We must also work in line with the law establishing the service’’, he said.

He assured officers and men that the NCS would reward hard working officers.

On welfare, Ali assured the officers that arrangements were ongoing for the provision of suitable accommodation for them.

“We are aware of the challenges of accommodation in your command. We will try our best to provide a better accommodation for you all,” he said.

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