The Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, has handed over $54,330 bribe money to the Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Michael Wetkas.
The tramadol according to a statement made available to journalists by management of the Command, were falsely declared as electrical appliances valued at over N856m to conceal them while the cash was offered to compromise the customs officers.
In the statement, the Area Controller said 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
He 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 achieved and described him as a good example of the NCS.
He said the two suspects arrested in connection with the two containers are currently being investigated by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control for possible prosecution.
While receiving the cash, Mr Michael Wekas described the feat as a victory for the country and all the security agencies. He specifically celebrated the officers of the NCS that achieved it.
Wetkas further lauded the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, for the commendation letter given out to appreciate the six Customs Officers who refused to bow to pressure and inducement from the owners of the illicit drugs.
He thus promised continued collaboration between the EFCC, NCS and other sister agencies.
His words, “The era of working without collaboration is gone as the agencies now work closer.”