$54,330 Tramadol Bribe Money to EFCC By TCIP Customs
By Ebenezer William
In line with the clean-up of corrupt practices in the sector, Comptroller Dera Nnadi has reminded the general public that smugglers have no hiding place in Tin Can Island Port.
Comptroller Nnadi said this when he handed over $54,330 bribe money to the Lagos Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Michael Wetkas, FWC.
The Tramadol were falsely declared as electrical appliances valued at over N856m to conceal them while the cash was offered to compromise the customs officers.
The Controller said the act is in clear violation of Section 233 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCAA) 2023 and commended the officers who stood there 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.
Mr. Michael Wekas while taking over the cash 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 also lauded 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