By Innocent Orok
The Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, mni has reiterated the zero compromise for corruption stance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, MFR
Comptroller Nnadi said this when he handed over $54,330 bribe money to Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) , Mr. Michael Wetkas, fwc .
The $54,330 bribe was offered by importers of Tramadol which were falsely declared as electrical appliances valued at over N856m with a view to conceal them while the cash were offered to compromise the Customs Officers.
Comptroller Nnadi said the act is in clear violation of Section 233 of Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCAA) 2023 and commended the Officers who stood their grounds to work ethically and lawfully in the interest of national security
He further called for continuous compliance on the part of port users and reminded them that the NCS with the collaboration of sister agencies like EFCC will continue to frustrate criminal activities in the ports.
Nnadi thanked Comptroller Oloyede, who under his watch, this seizure was achieved and described him as a good example of the NCS zero tolerance for illegal importation. He said the two suspects arrested in connection with the two containers are currently being investigated by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control ( NAFDAC) for possible prosecution.
Mr. Michael Wekas, the Lagos Zonal Commander of the EFCC, while taking over the cash, described the feat as a victory for the country and to all the security agencies. He specifically celebrated the officers of the NCS that achieved it.
Wetkas also lauded the the Comptroller General of Customs for the letter of commendation in appreciation of the Six Customs Officers who refused to bow to pressure and inducement from the owners of the illicit drugs.
He promised continued collaboration between the EFCC, NCS and sister agencies. According to him, the era of working without collaboration is gone as the agencies now work closely with each other.