Customs boss says corrupt personnel will get 10-year maximum sentence

The Comptroller General of
Customs (CGC) , retired Col. Hameed Ali,
on Tuesday warned that any customs
officer caught involved in corrupt practice,
would serve the maximum 10-year jail term
prescribed by law.
Ali gave the warning in Sokoto when he
addressed customs officers of Sokoto/
Zamfara/ Kebbi Area Command.
“The minimum jail term for corrupt officers
is five years, but I will make sure that any
officer found to be corrupt gets the
maximum jail term of 10 years.
“This is to serve as a deterrent to any
officer who finds himself in the Customs to
make money and not to earn money .
“I am not saying that there are no good,
incorruptible officers in the service, but
there are few bad eggs who are giving the
service a bad name, ” Ali said.
The CGC also cautioned the officials
against indiscipline and living above their
means.
“Our work ethics must change to be in tune
with the change mantra as championed by
President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
Ali advised the customs personnel to make
integrity , honesty and transparency their
watch words.
”You should all do this to minimize the
chances of getting into trouble, except
those who are criminally minded.”
The CGC explained that the task before him
was to reform the service, raise revenue,
and improve the welfare of personnel.
He therefore urged the officers and men to
strive to block all areas of revenue leakages,
saying that the service would use part of
the revenue to provide offices and
residential accommodation for them.
Ali assured them that, henceforth, there
would be no favouratism in promotions,
transfers and postings.

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