Customs Explains Why 34 Senior Officers Were Retired
The Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) has explained the rational behind the retirement of 34 senior officers from the service.
Confirming the retirement of the officers in a statement on Friday, spokesman of the service, Wale Adeniyi, said their retirement is part of the reorganisation plan of the custom boss, Hameed Ali.
Five Deputy-Comptroller Generals, who are part of the 34 senior officers retired had earlier leaked their retirement letter to the media.
“They are John Atte MFR, Ibrahim Mera OON, Musa Tahir mni, Austin Nwosu and Akinade Adewuyi.
But Adeniyi’s statement confirmed their retirement alongside other officers of the service.
“As part of on-going re-organisation in Nigeria Customs Service, 34 senior officers have been retired from service with immediate effect,” the statement read.
“The re-organisation of the service is one of the core mandates of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd).
“Those affected in the exercise are five deputy comptrollers-general of Customs (DCGs) who have earlier given notification to the Comptroller-General for voluntary disengagement.
“Three others, of the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General are also affected in the re-organization exercise. They are Madu Mohammed mni, Secretary to the Nigeria Customs Board, Victor Gbemudu, Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘A’ and Bello Liman, Assistant Comptroller-General, (Headquarters).
The rest are of the rank of Comptrollers serving in customs headquarters, zonal offices and various area commands.
“The comptroller-general of customs stated that the retirements were part of measures to kick-start the repositioning of the service for improved performance.”