By Abbey Alli
Nigeria Customs on Wednesday announced the promotion of 2, 634 of its officers as Wale Adenini and four other were elevated to the rank of Assistant Comptroller General (ACGs).
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Media guru, Wale Adeniyi, seasoned in Public Relation was for many years Nigeria Customs Spokesman and four others have been were elevated to their new rank as Customs Service Board (NCSB) approves the promotion of 2,634 Officers.
Customs National Image-maker, Mr Joseph Attah confirmed this in Abuja on Wednesday, saying the newly appointed ACG of Customs were Mohammed Boyi who was until promotion the Customs Comptroller in charge of Training and Coordination; Adewale Adeniyi, formerly Commandant Customs and Staff College (C&SC) Gwagwalada; Jack Ajoku, , formerly Comptroller in charge of Strategic Research and Policy; Olakunle Oyeleke, formerly Comptroller in charge of Doctrine, Development and Administration; and Emmanuel Edorhe, formerly Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘C.
The Customs Spokesman, Attah further disclosed that the board also approved the dismissal of ACG Aminu Dahiru for serious misconduct while ACG Bashir Abubakar was given compulsory retirement for what has been described as act of negligence.
Attah said the disciplinary actions against the two senior officers were in-line with the reform agenda being carried out in the service.
He quoted the Board Chairman who is also the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed as saying “the decisions taken during the meeting were meant to engender development and move the service forward in-terms of manpower and operations.
“Nigeria is making progress and I am optimistic that the coming of the e-Customs will help improve NCS operations,” Ahmed was quoted.
It would be recalled that Wale Adeniyi had a stint at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport MMA, Lagos, as Customs Area Controller, during which MMA Command intercepted a whopping sum of $8,065,612 (about N2.9bn) at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport.
It was so historical and symbolic, that an elated Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), cut short his busy schedule and rushed to Lagos to read the riot act to travelers, to stress the importance of honest declaration of cash in transit, noting that the Customs at the MMIA had acted on credible information, as it swooped on 16 January 16, 2020 to intercept the over N2bn at the ‘E‘ wing of the tarmac. This was regarded a feat that has not been recorded in the history of the service.