We are investigating alleged bribery demand by our officer-Customs Spokesperson

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The Nigeria Customs Service says it has commenced investigation into a case of a Customs Officer allegedly soliciting N5000 bribe from a passenger at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

This is contained in a statement by the Customs National Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Wale Adeniyi.

Maiwada said the service was committed to ensuring full accountability.

According to him, preliminary investigation reveals that the incident transpired at the airport New Terminal and was captured on video by the involved passenger.

“The recording reveals an inappropriate request for ₦5000 in exchange for expeditious processing of customs procedures.

“We wish to confirm that the officer implicated is indeed a member of the Nigeria Customs Service, properly assigned to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Area Command.

“The service strongly condemns this unprofessional conduct and is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of professionalism,”he said.

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Maiwada further said a comprehensive investigation was underway to scrutinise the incident thoroughly while appropriate action would be taken.

“Such behavior is entirely inconsistent with the core values of our service and we are resolute in maintaining a transparent and accountable customs operation.

“We encourage passengers and the public to report instances of misconduct or corruption promptly.

“These reports are crucial in upholding the integrity of our service and ensuring that officers adhere to the highest ethical standards.

“The service is unwavering in its commitment to fostering a culture of transparency and accountability,”he said.

He said the outcome of the investigation would be communicated to the public within the shortest possible time.

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