Customs Fires Another 29 Officers

Image

customs-sacks-officers

By Dipo Olowookere

Barely a week after it dismissed 17 junior officers, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has again fired 29 of its officers in the senior cadre for offence bordering on bribery, drug addiction, use of fake certificates and absence from duty.

Those who were sacked from the service last week were also dismissed for the same offences.

A statement issued on Thursday by spokesman of the service, Mr Wale Adeniyi, explained that the dismissed officers were among the 44 senior officers punished for actions capable of compromising national economy and security.

On assumption of office, Comptroller-General of Customs, Mr Hammed Ali, had made it clear that the service would not compromise on corruption and indiscipline among the officers corps.

After he resumed, Mr Ali put in place a structure and process for investigation of offences and strengthened it to handle cases reported promptly and professionally.

“We will give all officers fair hearing in line with the principle of natural justice. We will however insist that sanctions be punitive, not only to match the offence committed, but to serve as deterrent to others,” the CGC remarked at a management meeting convened to consider the report of the Disciplinary Committee that investigated the cases.

Business Post learnt that apart from those dismissed, 10 other officers were retired from service, while the appointment of one was terminated.

Also, four officers were given written warnings to be of better conduct while another 4 officers who were investigated and tried for some offences were exonerated.

Four of the officers who got the hammer were of the rank of Deputy-Comptroller of Customs, while five were Assistant-Comptroller.

Others were seven Chief Superintendents of Customs and four Superintendents, among others.

It was explained that the process leading to the actions taken on the officers was painstaking in line with the Public Service Rules (PSR).

All the officers were reportedly served with queries indicating 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 for the Nigeria Customs Service.

All the officers affected in the exercise have been communicated accordingly, the Customs said.

Share
More Stories
Image
26-April-2023

Israel Adesanya Among Most Instagram Influential MMA Fighters

By Modupe Gbadeyanka The Nigerian-New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, Israel Adesanya, has been ranked among one of the most influential MMA fighters on Instagram, a popular video-sharing platform. In a study conducted by Middle Easy, Israel Adesanya, fondly called Style Bender, was ranked fourth with about 7 million followers and the potential to earn $23,534 per sponsored post. The 33-year-old Nigerian fighter recently reclaimed his middleweight title from long-time bitter rival, Alex Pereira, with a knockout at UFC 287 in Miami, Florida. On top of the list is Conor McGregor, who boasts 46 million followers on the platform and

Image
10-May-2017

Samtani Lists Challenges of Triton Aqua Farm

By Dipo Olowookere Chief Executive Officer of Aqua Group, Mr Raju Samtani, has disclosed that his company is presently being faced with some operational challenges. However, he has assured that the company would effectively manage the challenges such that they would not affect its operations or obstruct its progress. Mr Samtani made this known at the weekend when management of Heritage Bank led by the Managing Director, Mr Ifie Sekibo, paid a visit to the firm. Triton Group is a conglomerate with diversified business interests in the field of Nutrition. It consists of several companies in the business of farming,

Image
12-February-2021

NBA Sues Buhari Over Extension of IGP’s Tenure

By Rahma Ahmed The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has filed a suit to challenge the extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, by President Muhammadu Buhari. The NBA in a statement on Friday signed by its President, Mr Olumide Akpata, said it is seeking a judicial determination of the constitutionality of the President’s extension of Mr Adamu’s tenure as the Inspector-General of Police for three months after the police chief had on February 1, 2021, attained 35 years of service as a member of the Nigeria Police Force. The suit with number FHC/L/CS/214/2021 was

Image
05-May-2017

NB Shareholders Approve Increase in Share Capital to N5b

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Shareholders of Nigerian Breweries have approved increase in the authorized share capital of the firm from N4 billion to N5 billion by the creation of additional 2 billion ordinary share of 50 kobo each. This nod was given at the 71st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company held in Lagos on Wednesday. During the meeting, the shareholders also commended the 2016 financial performance of Nigerian Breweries Plc, noting that in spite of the very challenging operating environment, the firm stood out as a shining example for other manufacturers to emulate. The shareholders described the 2016 results

Image
03-August-2019

We’ve Paid N1.7trn Tax, Levies Since 2001—MTN Nigeria

By Dipo Olowookere Not less than N1.7 trillion has been paid to the Nigerian government in form of taxes, levies and regulatory fees by MTN Nigeria Communications Plc since it commenced operations in the country in 2001. This is after investing about N2 trillion to the nation’s economy in the period. This information was disclosed by the largest telecommunications company in Africa, while reacting to recent reports that it was having a tax-relation issue with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the agency charged with the responsibility of collecting federal taxes. In a disclosure to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE),

Image
30-December-2016

Abia Assembly Removes Speaker

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Members of the Abia State House of Assembly on Thursday impeached their Speaker, Mr Martins Okechukwu Azubuike. The Speaker was removed from the position by 20 out of the 24 members of the Assembly and was immediately replaced by Mr Kennedy Njoku, a member representing Osisioma North State Constituency. Mr Azubuike was accused of failing to ensure equitable distribution of position among members of the Assembly. His colleagues accused him of being an autocratic leader, who fails to give room for others to share their views. The Deputy Speaker, Mr Cosmos Ndukwe, who presided over the meeting,

Image
25-April-2020

COVID-19 Cases in Nigeria Hit 1,095 After 114 New Cases

By Dipo Olowookere The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday night announced 114 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reported in the country. In its daily update on its official Twitter page, the agency said the bulk of the fresh cases of the virus were recorded in Lagos and Gombe States. According to the NCDC, 80 of the new cases came were reported in Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital, while 21 of them were recorded in Gombe State, a state in the northern part of the country. The nation’s administrative capital, FCT Abuja, recorded 5 new cases,

Image
01-June-2021

Ecobank Xpress Point Agent Locations in Nigeria Hit 30,000

By Dipo Olowookere The agency banking initiative of Ecobank Nigeria Limited tagged Xpress Point is expanding and going by the latest information, agents of the scheme are in no less than 30,000 locations spread across the country. Business Post gathered that the agency banking scheme of the mid-level financial institution is driving entrepreneurship, providing employment opportunities and supporting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The lender is currently rewarding its Xpress Point agents across the six geo-political zones of the country with mouth-watering gifts for their increased transactions on the bank’s platforms. “We are happy with our Xpress Point agents,

Ad
Ad
Recent Stories
Image
22-February-2024

Two Die, 15 Rescued in Ikoyi-Lekki Link Bridge Boat Mishap

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Two persons have been confirmed dead in a boat accident that occurred on Wednesday night at the Ikoyi-Lekki Link bridge in Lagos. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), which confirmed the incident, stated that 15 persons were rescued in the mishap. The agency stated that the boat, which was conveying 17 passengers, was heading to the Ikorodu area of the metropolis from its take-off point, Sandfil, when it capsized at the Powerline area of the popular bridge. It said the body of a female passenger, who drowned, was recovered, while the corpse of the male passenger

Image
22-February-2024

NPPAN Targets $10bn Contribution to Nigeria’s GDP via Palm Biomass

By Adedapo Adesanya The federal government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Malaysian government to develop palm biomass in the country as part of efforts to utilise one of the undertapped farm produces in the country. Mr Alphosus Inyang, President of the National Palm Produce Association of Nigeria (NPPAN), made this disclosure, saying palm biomass is a multi-billion dollar economy. “Biomass simply means agricultural waste and we are talking about turning waste into wealth,’’ he said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja. The president said NPPAN was working with

Image
22-February-2024

Salesforce Introduces Clean Energy Programme Management

By Modupe Gbadeyanka A new solution to help electric, gas, and water utilities increase customer participation in clean energy programmes has been introduced by Salesforce. The initiative known as Clean Energy Programme Management for Energy & Utilities Cloud streamlines the launch, management, and oversight of energy efficiency, conservation, electrification, and EV charging programs. It helps utilities manage clean energy initiatives with connected data — like energy usage and billing information — and personalised engagement to promote relevant programmes. This platform also digitises and simplifies the application process for customers, participating contractors, and utility program staff to help increase clean energy

Image
22-February-2024

Dangote Sugar to Borrow N50bn from Commercial Paper Sales

By Aduragbemi Omiyale The management of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc is requesting about N50 billion from capital market investors for its short-term working capital and funding requirements. The sugar miller will get the funds from investors through the sale of commercial papers and has promised to repay in about nine months’ time. The CP sales will be conducted under its N150 billion commercial paper issuance programme approved by the regulatory authorities. It is the first series the company is selling this time and it specifically has a tenor of 266 days with a discount rate of 15.92 per cent and

Image
22-February-2024

NASD Unlisted Security Index Depreciates by 0.77%

By Adedapo Adesanya A 0.77 per cent loss was suffered by the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange on Wednesday, February 21 following profit-taking in three stocks. Aradel Holdings Plc went down by N49.50 during the session to close at N2,476.50 per share versus the previous day’s N2,526.00 per share, Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc depreciated by 37 Kobo to end the day at N19.63 per unit compared with Tueday’s closing price of N20.00 per unit, and FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc deflated by 7 Kobo to settle at N74.43 per share, in contrast to the N74.50 per share it traded

Image
22-February-2024

Naira Appreciates at Official Market, Falls at Black Market

By Adedapo Adesanya The Naira appreciated against the United States Dollar in the official market and the and the peer-to-peer (P2P) windows of the foreign exchange (FX) market but depreciated in the parallel market on Wednesday, February 21 as several scare tactics to ease the weakening local currency continues. In the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM), the domestic currency gained 0.6 per cent or N8.66 on the greenback to close at N1,542.58/$1 compared with the previous day’s N1,551.24/$1. However, the Naira maintained stability against the Pound Sterling and the Euro in the spot market in the midweek session at

Image
22-February-2024

Crude Oil Jumps as Geopolitical Tensions Persist

By Adedapo Adesanya Crude oil appreciated on Wednesday as geopolitical tensions continued in the Middle East and traders assessed signs of near-term supply tightness. Brent crude was up by 69 cents or 0.8 per cent to $83.03 a barrel while the US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude jumped by 87 cents or 1.1 per cent to settle at $77.91 per barrel. Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab strait have continued to stoke concerns over freight flows through the critical waterway. The Iran-aligned Yemeni Houthis have carried out repeated drone and missile strikes since November in

Image
22-February-2024

Investors Recover N165bn as FBN Holdings, BUA Cement, Others Gain

By Dipo Olowookere The bulls recaptured the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Wednesday after the bears dominated for two straight days as a result of panic selling due to the macroeconomic environment, especially with the poor performance of the Naira in the foreign exchange (FX) market. During the midweek session, the local bourse finished higher by 0.30 per cent on renewed bargain-hunting activities by investors. This raised the market capitalisation of the domestic exchange by N165 billion to N55.464 trillion from N55.299 trillion, as the All-Share Index (ASI) grew by 301.71 points to 101,362.38 points from 101,060.67 points. Business Post

Image
21-February-2024

Tinubu Appoints Kemi Nanna Nandap as Comptroller-General of Immigration

By Modupe Gbadeyanka The Deputy Comptroller-General (DCG) of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Ms Kemi Nanna Nandap, has been elevated to the post of the Comptroller-General of the agency. This followed her appointment by President Bola Tinubu, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Ajuri Ngelale, on Wednesday. The presidential aide disclosed in the statement today that the appointment of Ms Nandap will take effect from Friday, March 1, 2024. She is taking over from Mrs Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, whose term in office expires on February 29, 2024, the disclosure said. “President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment

Image
21-February-2024

AFC to Pump $40m Into African Medical Centre of Excellence Abuja

By Adedapo Adesanya  African instrumental infrastructure solutions provider, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), has signed an equity investment term sheet, pledging up to $40 million towards the construction of an Abuja-based hospital, the African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE). The quaternary-level multi-specialty medical institution developed by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in collaboration with King’s College Hospital, London, aims to revolutionise healthcare in Africa. Hospitals across West Africa struggle with funding, lack of essential resources, and limited access in rural areas. This flagship facility in Abuja is a key part of Afreximbank’s network of healthcare facilities, actively countering brain drain, reducing