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NCS 17 junior officers dismissed over drug addiction, forgery

Customs officials have been dismissed over several offences ranging from absenteeism to drug addiction.

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Nigeria Customs Service

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Seventeen junior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have been dismissed over several offences including drug addiction, certificate forgery, theft and absenteeism.

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The information was contained in a statement issued by the service spokesman, Mr Wale Adeniyi, released on Sunday, October 16, in Abuja.

Adeniyi said that two other officers had their appointments terminated for illegal absenteeism, and another retired for drug addiction, Daily Post reports.

“Seventeen (17) junior officers of the NCS have been dismissed from the service for offences ranging from drug addiction, certificate forgery, theft and absence from duty from Jan. to Sept. 2016.

“Investigations into offences committed by the officers in the senior category are being concluded, officers found guilty are expected to face similar stiff penalties.

“These disciplinary measures were taken after series of investigations and deliberations by the disciplinary committee and recommendations were made to the management,” Adeniyi said.

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According to Adeniyi, the commission is continuing in the reform agenda of the Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, which was promised upon his assumption of office, and  propagated discipline, good conduct and transparency.

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