The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Rtd Col. Hameed Ali, has warned all customs officers involved in corrupt practices to either desist from such involvements or serve a maximum of 10 years jail term as prescribed by law.
Ali gave the warning in Sokoto on Tuesday, when he addressed customs officers of Sokoto/Zamfara/ Kebbi Area Command.
He said, “The minimum jail term for corrupt officers is five years, but I will make sure that any officer found to be corrupt gets the maximum jail term of 10 years.
“This is to serve as a deterrent to any officer who finds himself in the Customs to make money and not to earn money.
“I am not saying that there are no good, incorruptible officers in the service, but there are few bad eggs who are giving the service a bad name.”
The CGC who cautioned the officials against indiscipline and living above their means, advised the customs personnel to make integrity, honesty and transparency their watch words.
“Our work ethics must change to be in tune with the change mantra as championed by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
“You should all do this to minimize the chances of getting into trouble, except those who are criminally minded.”
He urged the officers and men to block all areas of revenue leakages, saying that the service would use part of the revenue to provide offices and residential accommodation for them.
He further assured them that there would be no more favoritism in promotions, transfers and postings.