The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has said that the allegations that the recent redeployment of its top officers was a punitive measure against corrupt practices is untrue.
Onlinenewsngr gathered that while some top officers in Abuja breath down the necks of their immediate subordinates at the Command level, the senior officers at the Command level on their part breath-down the necks of those under them, thereby fuelling the demand for kick backs amongst officers.
Reacting to the above, the Public Relations Officer of Tin can Island Command of the Service, Uche Ejesieme, said it is not true and such cannot happen at the command level not to talk of the headquarter level at a time when the Service has zero tolerance for corruption.
According to him, “Certainly not in the present day Customs administration where emphasis is on zero tolerance for corruption,” he noted.
A source at the head office of the Service revealed that the redeployment of Deputy Comptroller Generals, DCGs, Assistant Comptroller Generals, ACGs and Controllers late last year, was not unconnected with the above.
Recall that the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), had said in a press statement announcing the redeployment that the redeployment was as a result of efforts to fight smuggling that was rampant at the time.
Ali had told the newly promoted officers before their redeployment that “We are making progress with regards to revenue generation, but I must say we are not doing very well in curbing smuggling. I enjoin all of you to join hands with the leadership and management of NCS to ensure that in the next three months, that we have reduced smuggling to the barest minimum,” Ali charged the officers.
The source said a case in point was one of the DCG who unlike others was so crude in making demands from subordinates that anyone who could not meet the mark is redeployed to create space for any officer who will to meet the mark.
Onlinenewsngr gathered that a Deputy Controller at Idiroko and another in one of the Commands in Lagos were shown the way out for failing to meet the mark set by the DCG.