The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has officially handed over $54,330 in bribes rejected by its officers from tramado importers at the Tin-Can Island Command.
The move by the Customs is in line with the zero-tolerance policy of the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi.
A statement released by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ngozi Okwara, highlighted that the Customs Comptroller of the Tin Can Island Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, transferred the bribe money to the Lagos Zone Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. (EFCC), Michael Wetkas.
According to Comptroller Nnadi, the consignment of Tramadol was falsely declared as electrical items worth over N856 million, a ploy to conceal the true nature of the items. At the same time, cash was offered in an attempt to endanger the customs officials involved.
Nnadi stressed that this conduct was in flagrant violation of Section 233 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCSA) 2023. He commended the officers for steadfastly maintaining ethical and lawful practices in the interest of national security.
The Customs Comptroller urged continued compliance by port users, recalling that the NCS, in collaboration with sister agencies such as EFCC, remains committed to frustrating criminal activities at the port.
Nnadi expressed gratitude to Controller Oloyede, attributing the success of this seizure to his leadership and commending him as a positive role model within the NCS.
Regarding the two suspects arrested in connection with the containers, Nnadi said they are currently under investigation by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control for possible prosecution.
After receiving the bribe money, Michael Wetkas of EFCC hailed the achievement as a victory for the country and all security agencies, specifically commending the NCS officers involved. Wetkas also commended the Comptroller General for issuing a letter of recommendation, in which he appreciated the six customs officials who resisted the pressure and inducements from the owners of the illegal drugs.
Wetkas pledged continued collaboration between the EFCC, NCS and sister agencies, underscoring the end of an era where agencies operated in isolation as they now work more closely together.
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