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Customs Hands Over $54,330 Tramadol Bribe Money to EFCC at Tin Can Port

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    L-R:Michael Wetkas, Lagos Zonal Commander of EFCC and Comptroller Dera Nnadi, Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port Command at the handover of $54,330 of bribe money collected from smugglers of Tramadol
The Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, has reiterated the zero compromise for corruption stance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi
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Wetkas with the $54,330 cash received from Nnadi
Nnadi said this when he handed over $54,330 bribe money to Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) , Mr. Michael Wetkas at Tin Can Port
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Deputy Comptroller Aliyu Gambo, DC Enforcement (middle)receiving a letter of commendation issued by the Comptroller General of Customs being presented by Wetkas and Nnadi

 

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According to a press release by Abdulbasit Abdulsamad, the Tramadol were falsely declared  as electrical appliances valued at over N856m with a view to conceal them while the cash were offered to compromise the customs officers
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U. U. Adams(middle) of the Customs Intelligence Unit receiving a CGC commendation letter for the seizure and arrest
Abdulsamad, a Deputy Superintendent of Customs quoted the Controller saying ” the act is 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”
Nnadi 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 NCS.
He said the two suspects arrested in connection with the two containers – Boniface Okoye and Azuka… 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

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Ismail Aniemu

Ismail Aniemu, Publisher of JournalNG and ghost writer, is a maritime journalist of over two decades' of practice with multidisciplinary background. He holds a masters degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) with bias for logistics. He is also an alumnus of the Times Journalism Institute where he obtained a post graduate diploma in Journalism. Email: ismail.aniemu@aol.com

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