April 16, 2024

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Customs officer accused of extortion handed over for investigation

The Controller, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, Comptroller Dalha Wada Chedi has handed over a Customs officer accused of extorting N500,000 from a car buyer to the Assistant Provost Marshal (APM) Customs Police Unit, Kaduna.

The alleged incident occurred along the Mokwa-Jebba Road in Niger State and was reported by the complainant, Muhammad Dahiru Ahmad.

Comptroller Chedi who disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the Unit headquarters in Kaduna on Monday, confirmed that the suspected officer is an operative deployed to the Mokwa Patrol Team.

He said the Customs Police Unit in the Zone has been directed to apprehend the officer and conduct further interrogation, with the complainant invited to assist in the investigation.

“The Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi and his management team frowned at such unruly behavior as such the disciplinary committee will be diligent and firm. In fact the Service is very pragmatic and practical in disciplinary cases and this one will not be an exception.

“The suspected officer has been handed over to the APM Customs Police Unit for discreet investigation and the findings of the investigation will be transmitted to NCS headquarters for further action by the Nigeria Customs Service Board as it is the only body that handles the appointment, promotions and discipline of all senior officers of the Service”.

Chedi emphasized that the Service is committed to a thorough and transparent investigation, assuring the public that the matter will be treated with the deserved vigor and decisiveness.

He said updates on the investigation’s progress will be provided to the general public.




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