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N5,000 scam: Customs confirms officer’s involvement

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A female Customs officer was caught in a viral video soliciting for N5,000 bribe from a passenger at the airport

By Valentine Amanze

The Nigerian Customs Customs Service (NCS) has confirmed the involvement of its official in N5,000 bribery incident at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

It made the confirmation on Wednesday in a statement issued in its X, @CustomsNG, and signed by Abdullahi Maiwada, the Chief Superintendent of Customs National Public Relations Officer for the Comptroller General of Customs.

It also condemned the act, while assuring that after internal investigation, an appropriate penalty would be taken against the officer.

A female Customs officer was caught in a viral video soliciting for N5,000 bribe from a passenger at the airport.

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The Customs boss in the statement titled, “Re: Investigation into alleged misconduct by a Customs officer in viral video,” advised passengers and the public to report instances of misconduct or corruption promptly.

The full statement:

 Miscomduct by a Customs’ Officer n viral video

Re: Investigation into alleged misconduct by a Customs officicer in viral video

The Nigeria Customs Service is diligently investigating an incident at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, where an officer was observed soliciting ₦5000 bribe from a passenger.

This behavior has rightfully raised public concern, and we are committed to ensuring full accountability.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the incident transpired at New Terminal, within the departure hall of Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, and was captured on video by the involved passenger. The recording reveals an inappropriate request for ₦5000 in exchange for expeditious processing of Customs procedures.

We wish to confirm that the Officer implicated is indeed a member of the Nigeria Customs Service, properly assigned to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Area Command.

The NCS strongly condemns this unprofessional conduct and is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of professionalism.

A comprehensive investigation is underway to scrutinize the incident thoroughly, and appropriate actions will be taken.

 Such behavior is entirely inconsistent with the core values of our service, and we are resolute in maintaining a transparent and accountable customs operation.

 We encourage passengers and the public to report any instances of misconduct or corruption promptly. These reports are crucial in upholding the integrity of our service and ensuring that officers adhere to the highest ethical standards.

The NCS is unwavering in its commitment to fostering a culture of transparency and accountability.

The outcome of the investigation will be communicated to the public at the earliest opportunity.

ABDULLAHI MAIWADA

Chief Superintendent of Customs

National Public Relations Officer

For: Comptroller General of Customsvaloa2000@yahoo.com

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