The Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, last Tuesday reiterated that the service had zero tolerance for corruption.
Dikko said this at the official launch of the joint Customs and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Anti-Corruption Campaign.
He said that this was in line with President Goodluck Jonathan administration’s zero tolerance for corruption.
Dikko said that the customs service would constantly examine itself and weed out corrupt men and officers.
He said that the service was partnering with the EFCC to ensure healthy practices of the men and officers of the service.
Dikko also said that the collaboration between the service and the EFCC was to send signals to economic saboteurs that they would face a difficult task if they evaded customs duties and smuggled goods.
“The service has improved welfare of its officers through capacity training and increase in salaries.
“Also full automation has been introduced to reduce physical contacts and environment where they will be tempted to compromise their integrity,’’ Dikko said.
He urged the public to discontinue tempting and pressurising customs officers to compromise their positions.
The Executive Chairman, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, said that the partnership would go a long way in portraying the two organisations as key players in the Nigerian law enforcement community.
He said that the lessons learnt from the interaction between the two agencies should be the resilient framework on which the relationship would be built.
“Over the years, we have been collaborating on joint operations at our national points of entry and exit.
“On account of this collaboration, many economic saboteurs and other sundry criminals have been stopped in their evil tracks before they wreaked havoc on our economy and people.
“This sensitisation programme is yet another chance to advance our strategic partnership in law enforcement from the point of the preventive mandate of EFCC,’’ he said.
Chairman House Committee on Customs and Excise, Rep. Sabo Nakudu, described the union between the Customs and the EFCC as “chemotherapy of corruption, because corruption is a cancer in our economy’’.
He said that the synergy between the two would help save guard our economy by bringing smuggling and corrupt practices to the barest minimum.