- EFCC Intercepts Another N250m In Balogun Market
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), has uplifted all the HND holders on salary Grade Level (GL) 07 in the Customs Service to automatically moved to GL 08, saying that a supplementary budget would soon be prepared for their salary arrears.
Ali announced the uplifting on Monday in Abuja, during the decoration ceremony of some newly promoted senior customs officers.
Nine officers were decorated, six of them were Comptrollers; two Deputy Comptrollers and one Assistant Comptroller.
Based on the development, all officers in the inspectorate cadre on salary GL 08 and above, according to Ali, were to align to the appropriate rank in the superintendent cadre, in a bid “to boost the morale of officers and eliminate confusion in the seniority of officers“, Ali said.
The CGC also announced that the rank structure of the Nigeria Customs Service is hereby aligned with the Nigeria Police Force forthwith, noting that the service had just promoted 3,487 senior officers.
He said that the promotional was a great height in the lives of the newly promoted senior officers, adding that promotion came with greater responsibility.
“From this moment things have changed therefore; you are now required to take up greater responsibilities.
“All the promoted officers have worked hard to achieve this; in the past, officers were promoted when they are not supposed to.
”Merit is the key to promotion; diligent and hard work is the key to success.
“We have to get `God fatherism’ out of Customs before we leave, ” Ali added.
According to him, by June this year, officers will commence full training at the Customs Command, Gwagwalada, FCT.
He said that the essence of the training was to enhance their skills and make them to be specialists in carrying out their duties.
In the meantime, the whistle blowing culture again paid off yesterday, as the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday intercepted huge sums of money in various currencies totaling N250 million at the Balogun market, in Lagos.
The interception however was slightly late, as the haul would have been more, but for the operatives late arrival, which ensured that a good portion of the money had already been converted into foreign currencies by a Bureau de Change, leaving only N250m finally found by the operatives.
“Operatives responded timely, met the money in Bureau de Change (BDC) office, but a large chunk of it had been converted into Euro and Pounds sterling”, confirmed the EFCC image maker, Mr Wilson Uwujaren,, adding that two suspects were also apprehended.
“The BDC operators found in possession of the monies claimed they were acting on behalf of their boss who sent the money to them from one of the Northern states in Nigeria,” Uwujaren said, noting that the interception was at the instance of a whistleblower.
“The interception followed information that about N250 million cash was being moved somewhere in the market for conversion into foreign currencies by unnamed persons”, he indicated further.
This has come, barely three days after the commission recovered N449 million at an abandoned bureau de change in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Mr Wilson Uwujaren highlighted that the intercepted monies include 547,730 Euros, 21,090 Pounds and N5,648,500; saying that the total haul was about N250 million, at the prevailing exchange rate at the parallel market.