Photo: Mr Adewale Adeniyi, Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service.
Customs officials reject N55m bribe, handover culprits to EFCC
Nigeria customs officers at the Tin Can Island Port Command, Lagos, have rejected a $54,330 dollars bribe, which is the equivalent of about N55m offered for the passage of banned tramadol by drug cartels in Lagos State.
The command’s Area Comptroller, Dera Nnadi, who made this known to newsmen, reiterated the zero compromise for corruption stance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi.
Nnadi said the money has been handed over to the Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Michael Wetkas.
The Comptroller disclosed that the consignment of Tramadol was falsely declared as electrical appliances valued at over N856 million, while the cash was offered to compromise Customs officers, who rejected it and seized the items.
Nnadi said that the act was in clear violation of Section 233 of Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCAA) 2023 and commended the officers, who stood their grounds to work ethically and lawfully in the interest of national security.
The Customs boss further called for continuous compliance on the part of port users and reminded them that the NCS in collaboration with sister agencies like EFCC would continue to frustrate criminal activities in the Port.
Nnadi said that the two suspects arrested in connection with the two containers were currently being investigated by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for possible prosecution.
Wetkas, while taking over the cash, described the feat as a victory for the country and to all the security agencies. He specifically celebrated the officers of the NCS, who achieved the feat.
He also lauded Comptroller General Adeniyi for the continued interagency collaboration between the NCS and sister agencies, adding that the era of working without collaboration was over.