By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Nigeria Customs Service has effected the dismissal of two deputy comptrollers and 43 others.
An investigation by ThePost revealed that while names of some of the junior officers were listed by the Service last year, names of the top officers names where added recently.
When contacted, the Spokesman for the Nigeria Customs, Joseph Attah, an Assistant Comptroller said the development is a routine exercise aimed at correcting anomalies within the Service.
He said the exercise was carried out to prevent affected officers from parading themselves as customs officers henceforth, arguing that the dismissals were carried out in 2016.
Although the Customs was however silent on reason for the dismissal and additional names of the top officers, 12 of them were said to have been retired according to the document titled ”Notification of disengagement of under-listed officers from service”. Three also had their services terminated according to the notice signed by Ganiyu IA, Acting Comptroller, Discipline
The memo dated January 19,2017 with reference number NCS/ADM/DISC/01/VOL1, directed all customs zones, area commands and units to disengage the affected officers from any customs activities.
Among the dismissed officers were four Assistant Comptrollers of Customs, eight Chief Superintendent of Customs and three Superintendent of Customs. Others were one Deputy Superintendent of Customs and others of the inspectorate cadre.