Nigeria Customs Service hands over tramadol bribe money to EFCC

David Adekunle, Lagos

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The Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, has handed over $54,330 tramadol bribe money to Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr.Michael Wetkas.

Comptroller Nnadi during the handover of the money to the EFCC in Lagos state southwest Nigeria, reiterated the command’s zero tolerance for corruption.

The Tramadol were falsely declared as electrical appliances valued at over N856 million with a view to conceal them while the cash were offered to compromise the customs officers

The Controller said the act is in clear violation of Section 233 of Nigeria Customs Service Act 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 extended appreciation to Comptroller Oloyede, who under his watch, the seizure was made 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.

Lagos Zonal Commander of EFCC, Mr. Michael Wekas while taking over the cash, described the feat as a victory for the country and to all the security agencies.

Wetkas who specifically celebrated the Customs officers for achieving the feat also lauded the Comptroller General of Customs for the letter of commendation in appreciation of the six customs officers for refusing to bow to pressure and inducement from the owners of the illicit drugs.

He promised continued collaboration among the EFCC, NCS and other sister agencies, adding that era of working without collaboration is gone as the agencies now work in synergy.