Tin Can Island Port Command, Nigeria Customs Service, has handed over $54,330 bribe money to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos.
The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi said the bribe was offered to compromise his officers to overlook Tramadol that were falsely declared as electrical appliances valued at over N856m.
Comptroller Dera Nnadi stated this while handing over $54,330 bribe money to the Lagos Zonal Commander of EFCC, Mr. Michael Wetkas, in Lagos yesterday.
Reiterating the stance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, for corruption, the Controller said the act was 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 port
Nnadi thanked Comptroller Oloyede, who under his watch, this seizure was achieved and described him as a good example of the Nigeria Customs Service.
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 for possible prosecution.
Mr. Michael Wekas 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 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 closer.