The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) under the leadership of Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) has excelled beyond expectation especially with its record revenue generation but the fifth columnist within the organization is hell-bent to sabotage the good work.
The Comptroller General had to dissolve the 2017 Compliance Team and replaced it with a strike force after a container loaded with military uniforms and dangerous weapons disappeared from Apapa Port. The police at Lagos Ports Command have embarked on an intensive search for the missing container. The strike force will be under the coordination of a Deputy Comptroller assisted by four Assistant Comptrollers of Customs.
The Public Relations Officer of the Service, Mr. Joseph Attah, said in Abuja that the strike force team would be posted to the four zonal offices of the service in Lagos, Kaduna, Bauchi and Port Harcourt.
“The Customs strike force was set up to replace compliance team. This team is to operate under a different strategy. The team is empowered to enter any command system on suspicion of fraudulent activities taking place or about to take place with a view to blocking all revenue leakages from the system. The team is allowed to partake in the examination of any suspected container generated by the ICT,” he explained.
“The strike force will treat the information and return to base. It is the desire of the CGC to sanitize the system for optimum performance. This particular strategy will enhance the free flow of goods on our highways,” he said.