Customs bares fangs, over attack on LASTMA officials


…As CGC condemns act in strong terms


Officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), who allegedly swooped on the Mile 2 base of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) in Lagos last Thursday, to forcefully effect the release of a vehicle impounded for ‘driving one-way’, may soon be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Service image maker, Mr. Wale Adeniyi who confirmed this Tuesday morning, also noted that, the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi was particularly aghast that some of his officers could be associated with such attitude, in spite of the current management’s training, retraining and leadership programs, each of which has consistently emphasized discipline, leadership and civility.

“It is worrisome to us that the barbaric action was said to have been perpetrated by officers wearing customs uniform in official vehicle. This act is not permissible under our laws and therefore will not be tolerated”, he indicated, pointing out that management believes in supporting all legitimate efforts geared towards ensuring sanity on Nigerian roads, so as to reduce accidents while positively boosting trade facilitation.

The attention of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi CFR has been drawn to the unfortunate incident, allegedly between the men of the Service and officials of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA)

He empathized with the LASTMA officials who suffered injuries or embarrassment as a result of the avoidable incidence, adding that the Service was not only condemning the act in strong terms, the CGC had also directed that those directly and indirectly connected with the incidence should immediately be placed “on standby”, to ascertain their degrees of involvements and appropriate sanctions.

“Any officer found guilty will be dealt with decisively in accordance with the Preventive Service’s regulations.
NCS is a disciplined and self-respecting organization that seeks to create synergy among other partner Government Agencies for the common goal of attaining a better society.

“For the avoidance of doubt NCS wishes to assure the Lagos State Government, officials of LASTMA in particular, and people of goodwill that the Service will not gloss over this but will do all it takes to ensure that the rights of people who are performing their statutory functions are protected”, Wale Adeniyi stated further.

An officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said he prays those found culpable would not suffer penalties inclusive of withholding promotions.