Less than a week after sacking 17 junior officers, the Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday announced the dismissal of 29 senior officers, including four deputy comptrollers and five assistant comptrollers.
Others affected in the latest purge are seven chief superintendents and four superintendents of customs. Ten other officers were retired from the service.
According to a statement signed by the Customs’ Deputy Comptroller/Public Relations Officer, Mr. Wale Adeniyi, the 29 senior officers were sacked for various acts of gross misconduct.
He said the dismissed senior officers were among the 44 officers who were punished for actions capable of compromising national economy and security.
The officers affected were said to have been involved in unlawful acts such as improper examination and release of containers without proper documentation and payment of duties; illegal release of goods before the arrival of vessels; fraudulent sale of seized items; and use of fake certificates and bribery to secure auctioned goods or release prohibited items.
The statement explained, “All the officers were served with queries indicating the offences committed before they made appearances before the Special Investigation Committee.
“The committee’s recommendation was discussed and approved by the Customs management. The recommendation was thereafter referred to the Presidency for ratification in the absence of a substantive Board of the Nigeria Customs Service. All the officers affected in the exercise have been communicated accordingly.
“The comptroller-general warned officers that punitive sanctions will continue to be used to discipline officers who refuse to embrace change.”
The NCS had said the 17 junior officers earlier dismissed committed offences ranging from drug addiction to certificate forgery, theft and absence from duty.