A pressure group has dragged the leadership of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) before the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The group, Nigerian Customs Transparency Initiative (NCTI), is praying the anti-graft agency to among others probe the Comptroller General of the NCS, Dikko Abdullahi, over allegation of abuse of office.
It urged ICPC to call on the leadership of NCS to account for the alleged disappearance of some containers and the N3.5 billion incurred on the installation of internet facility by the Customs Service.
In the petition signed by one Dr. James Onoja, the group asked ICPC to probe some infractions allegedly committed by the Service. The allegations against the NCS leadership include alleged contravention of the Public Service Rule, manipulation of promotions, high-handedness and inflation of the prices of BMW cars purchased for senior officials.
The petition reads in part: “The Customs Board was kept in the dark as promotions were manipulated and Customs officials were selectively elevated. Favourites and stooges were elevated to juicy and sumptuous positions and postings to Lagos and Port Harcourt ports.”
By Pita Ochai