President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed six new service chiefs into the leadership structure of the Nigerian Customs Service. The appointments include three Deputy Comptroller Generals (DCGs) and three Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs). Festus Okun, a former Customs Area Controller, is among the new appointees. The appointments come after the recent retirement of senior officers. In addition, the Acting Comptroller General, Adewale Adeniyi, has announced plans to streamline the Customs’ enforcement strategies by withdrawing the operations of the CGC Strike force Team and strengthening the Federal Operations Unit. Adeniyi also emphasized the importance of professional conduct and adherence to ethical standards among Customs personnel.
The Nigerian Customs Service is undergoing leadership changes with the appointment of six new service chiefs by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This appointment was announced in a statement released by Mr. Abdullahi Maiwada (CSC), the Nigerian Custom Services’ National Public Relations Officer.
The appointments consist of three Deputy Comptroller Generals (DCGs) and three Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs) for the Agency.
Among the appointees is Festus Okun, a former Customs Area Controller of the PTML Command, who will serve as Deputy Comptroller-General. The other DCGs are Baba Abdullahi Musa and Albashir Hamisu, who both have previous experience in customs-related roles.
The newly appointed Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs) include Kamardeen Olumoh, Adeogun Alajogun, and Auwal Baba Mohammed, who have all served in various customs positions.
These appointments follow the earlier appointment of Adewale Adeniyi as Acting Comptroller General (CG) of Customs and the need to replace retiring senior officers. Adeniyi, in acknowledging the retirees, congratulated the newly appointed officers and encouraged them to work towards achieving the agency’s mandates of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling, and trade facilitation.
In an effort to enhance customs enforcement strategies, Adeniyi expressed his administration’s intention to streamline its structures. As part of this, the CGC Strike Force Team’s operations will be withdrawn to strengthen the Federal Operations Unit.
Adeniyi emphasized the importance of professionalism, ethical standards, and upholding the responsibilities of enforcement personnel. He also mentioned the need to review and reduce checkpoints to align with global standards.
He reminded officers to wear the proper uniform and ensure their vehicles are marked appropriately. Any violation of these rules will be considered a violation of the law.