All five deputy comptroller-generals of the Nigeria Customs Services, on Thursday, voluntarily resigned from service.
The five DCGs jointly announced their resignation via a letter dated October 29, 2015, titled “Voluntary Retirement” and addressed to the Chairman of the Customs Board.
The letter read, “We the underlisted officers currently on the rank of Deputy Comptroller-General met today, 29 October 2015 and unanimously agreed to voluntarily retire from the service of the Nigerian Customs Service having risen to the privileged rank of Deputy Comptroller-General.
“We need to thank the President for giving us the opportunity to serve our great nation, Nigeria.”
The letter was signed by Atte, A.J with service number 31441; Musa T.A, 31454; Mera I.M, 37595; Nwosu A.C, 34421; Adewuyi A.A, 30727.
Although, the senior officers gave no reason for their resignation, it is believed that the DCGs retirement may not be unconnected to the leadership style of the newly appointed Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali.
Ali, a retired army Colonel, known for his anti-corruption stance, was recalled from retirement by President Muhammadu Buhari to help sanitise the agency.
Mr Ali is however expected issue a statement on the development today, Friday.
According to the Nation newspaper, Ali, during a meeting with top officers of the service said, “Since I took over, I have been receiving briefing notes to enhance my understanding of the Nigeria Customs Service. I have articulated some ideas to start with, and I have found it necessary to share these ideas with you. These ideas shall be the guiding principle and platform for a smooth takeoff.
“First and foremost, it is important that we know where we are going. We can start by ensuring that we pick up the mantle of Mr. President’s policy thrust. Therefore, in conjunction with you, moving with you and fighting with you we will fight corruption and restore discipline through attitudinal orientation for effective service delivery.
“However, I must stress this for emphasis. I will not tolerate indiscipline. I will not tolerate corruption. I have zero tolerance for corruption.
“Considering my military background, I believe punishment must be punitive for others to see it as a deterrent. Therefore, as an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, if you are caught involved in corruption, I am not only going to dismiss you, I will make sure I prosecute and jail you. That is basic!” he said.