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Friday, 15 January 2016

Customs officers given 14 day ultimatum to declare their assets

All Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service are to make full 
disclosure of their assets in a new measure put in place to push transparency and compliance with the Rule of Law.

A statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi said the directive on Assets Declaration is contained in a Circular signed by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and addressed to all Deputy Comptrollers-General, Zonal Coordinators and Customs Area Controllers.

The statement said all Officers are to comply with the directive within 14 days.

It further said the directive on Assets Declaration is in compliance with “The Bank Employees Declaration of Assets Act Cap 
B1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. Though the Act provides for Asset Declaration by all Bank employees, it also empowers the President to extend its application to other categories of persons.
Specifically, Section 12 (1) states that “The provision of this Act shall apply to the Comptroller-General, Deputy Comptroller-General,  Assistant Comptroller-General, Chief Collector, Principal Collector and other Officer, Staff or employee of the Nigeria Customs Service as they apply to a Chief Executive or an employee of a Bank”.

The statement said the Comptroller-General observed that many Officers have not 
complied with the provisions of the Act over the years, stating that the 14-day ultimatum for compliance will be strictly enforced.

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