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Nigerian Customs sacks 2,000 in 7yrs for fraudulent practices

The Comptroller General, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, yesterday said over 2,000 personnel have been dismissed in the last seven years for corrupt practices.

Ali, who disclosed this at the media briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team in Abuja, said the Service detests corruption and has zero tolerance for such officers.

He informed that in addition to losing their jobs, some of those found guilty have been prosecuted and jailed, adding that many of those dismissed were discovered to be short-changing the Service in its revenue drive, particularly on duties and taxes that should accrue to the agency from imported vehicles.

Ali also said some importers who were caught engaging in sharp practices, which interfered with the activities of the Service, have either been suspended or prosecuted.

He reiterated his commitment to ensuring excellent services, and expressed the hope that his successor will maintain the standard.

Many of those dismissed were discovered to be short-changing the Service in its revenue drive, particularly on duties and taxes that should accrue to the agency from imported vehicles.

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