The Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi, has warned his officers against using firearms on innocent citizens. He emphasized the need for tactical measures and the use of firearms only in extreme circumstances. Adeniyi urged his officers to prioritize the protection of citizens and avoid indiscriminate use of firearms, as severe punishments would be imposed for any such misconduct. In another development, the Senate has urged the Nigerian government to utilize the allocated funds for the construction of the Nigerian Customs Academy. The academy is seen as a crucial institution for professional training and improving ethical conduct within the service.
Adewale Adeniyi, the Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, has advised his officers against using firearms on innocent citizens. He made the statement during a sensitisation workshop on the practical implementation of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 in Abuja. Adeniyi warned that indiscriminate use of firearms would result in severe punishments, emphasizing that firearms should only be used in extreme circumstances where self-defense is necessary.
The Acting Comptroller General’s statement follows the recent appointment of three Deputy Comptroller Generals (DCGs) and three Assistant Comptroller Generals (ACGs) into the management team of the Nigerian Customs Service. In his message to the newly appointed officers, Adeniyi urged them to work harder to achieve the organization’s goals of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling, and trade facilitation.
In another development, the Senate has called on the Federal Government to allocate the budgeted N14.2 billion from the 2023 budget for the construction of the Nigerian Customs Academy in Bauchi State. Senator Umar Shehu Buba and 16 other senators sponsored the motion, which was adopted by the house. A Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff was formed to oversee the construction and completion of the academy.
Buba described the proposed academy as a comprehensive training institution for the Nigerian Customs Service, consisting of various facilities for officers’ professional development and adherence to international best practices. The Senate highlighted the need for enhanced training to prevent misconduct and unethical behavior among customs officers. The earmarked budget should be utilized by the government to establish the academy and improve the capacity of customs officials.
All senators present supported the motion and its three prayers.