…It’s no demotion- Wale Adeniyi
Customs officers who tried to play smart by attending promotion examination fraudulently when they were not supposed to do so will now have themselves to blame.
The officers who actually passed the promotion exercise last year and were promoted recently have been demoted instead.
The officers, it was gathered had attended the promotion exercise when it was not meant for their batch, in what sources said was aimed at getting another rank early enough.
But some of them who were fished out have just been served letters stripping them of the promotion and directing them to go back to the ranks they were wearing before.
It was gathered that this affected many officers drawn from commands across the country.
Three officers in the ranks of Superintendent of Customs, Deputy Superintendent of Customs in Lagos ports were affected.
One of them who was promoted to the rank of Assistant Controller was asked to revert to his old rank of Superintendent of Customs.
Two others in the ranks of Deputy Superintendent of Customs were also asked to revert to the old rank.
It was the same story in some other commands where officers who gained promotion illegally were caught.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recently announced a promotion exercise which favoured over 2,000 senior officers. The Service had earlier announced similar exercise for junior officers.
The officers were promoted after examination and interview sessions for the affected officers.
But reacting to the story, Customs image maker and chief spokesman, Wale Adeniyi said the development did not amount to a demotion, stressing that if the time for their promotion was not yet due, it means they were simply reverted to their initial position.
“That cannot be regarded as demotion” emphasized the image maker, noting that a demotion or penalty would have amounted to taking those affected, a step lower than their initial position.