29 top officers of the Nigerian Customs Service have been sacked by the agency for offences bordering on corruption.
In a report by TheCable, the officers were dismissed after an investigation panel found them guilty of various offences that include corruption and theft.
In a statement by Wale Adeniyi, on Thursday, October 20, 2016, the spokesman of the service said the actions taken on the officers were painstaking and in line with the public service rules.
He said: “Twenty-nine senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been dismissed for various acts of gross misconduct. The dismissed officers are among forty-four (44) senior officers who were punished for actions capable of compromising national economy and security.”
Continuing, he said: “Ten other officers were retired from service, while the appointment of one was terminated. Four officers were given written warnings to be of better conduct while another four officers who were investigated and tried for some offences were exonerated.”
Adeniyi also explained that some of the sacked officers include a deputy-comptroller; five – assistant-comptroller; seven – chief superintendent, and four – superintendent, among others.
“All the officers were 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,” Adeniyi added.
While all the officers affected in the exercise have been communicated accordingly, the comptroller-general has warned officers that punitive sanctions will continue to be used to discipline officers who refuse to embrace change.