Nigeria Customs Service set to retire 577 officers

Nigeria Customs Service set to retire 577 officers

- The NCS lists officers to go for statutory retirement in the year 2018

- A circular states that the affected officers are to be disengaged either on the basis of mandatory 60 years of age or 35 years in service, in line with the civil service rules

- Customs reveals how importers made false claim to bring in 661 pump action rifles

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced plans to retire 577 of its officers, barely one week after it promoted three officers to management level and redeployed eight others.

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Premium Times reports that the service in a circular signed by Sulaiman MSJ, comptroller establishments, on behalf of Hameed Ali, listed names of all officers expected to go for statutory retirement in the year 2018.

Among those listed where deputy comptroller general, an assistant comptroller general, 11 comptrollers, 27 deputy comptrollers, 27 assistant comptrollers and 23 chief superintendents of customs.

Other rank and file officers listed on the retirement notice include five Chief Inspector of Customs Terminal (CIC T); 21 Chief Inspector of Customs (CIC); 21 Superintendent of Customs (SC); 36 Deputy Chief Inspector of Customs (DCIC); 23 Deputy Comptrollers (DCs); 121 Assistant Chief Inspector of Customs (ACIC); four ACIC1; 131 Deputy Inspector of Customs (DIC); and one Assistant Superintendent of Customs 11.

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Others are 83 Senior Inspector of Customs (SIC); two Chief Customs Assistant (CCA ‘T’); 18 Inspector of Customs (IC); six CC; three Assistant Inspector of Customs; two Senior Customs Assistant (SCA); and one Customs Assistant (CA).

The circular stated that the affected officers are to be disengaged either on the basis of mandatory 60 years of age or 35 years in service, in line with the civil service rules.

It read in part: “I am directed to forward the attached list on the above subject as a Pre-Retirement notice to all affected officers, adding “all affected officers due for retirement in 2018 are to disengage from active service and proceed on three-months pre-retirement leave, three months to the effective date of retirement.

“All affected officers are to ensure compliance and forward their three months pre-retirement notice to the Comptroller General of Customs accordingly.

“Any observed error, omission or legitimate complaints should be forwarded to the office of the Comptroller General of Customs on or before 31st March, 2018.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) explained to the Federal High Court in Lagos how five illegal importers made false claim in order to bring in 661 sophisticated pump action guns into Nigeria.

According to Sahara Reporters, this claim was made by the assistant comptroller of Federal Operation Unit, A. M. Adamu on Wednesday, January 10.

The NCS had arraigned two customs officers, Mahmud Hassan and Salisu Abdullahi Danjuma alongside one Oscar Okafor, Donatus Ezebunwa Achinulo and Matthew Okoye on charges bordering on illegal importation of firearms, conspiracy and forgery before Justice Ayotunde Faji.

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Source: Naija.ng

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