‘Corrupt officers will be jailed for 10 years,’ Ali says

Ali gave the warning on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, while addressing officers of the Sokoto/Zamfara/Kebbi Area Command.

 

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, has said that any officer found guilty of corruption will serve the maximum jail sentence of 10 years provided by the law.

“The minimum jail term for corrupt officers is five years, but I will make sure that any officer found to be corrupt gets the maximum jail term of 10 years. This is to serve as a deterrent to any officer who finds himself in the Customs to make money and not to earn money,” he said.

“I am not saying that there are no good, incorruptible officers in the service, but there are few bad eggs who are giving the service a bad name. Our work ethics must change to be in tune with the change mantra as championed by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he added.

Ali had, in October, approved the retirement of 34 senior customs officers as part of the on-going re-organization of the service.

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