Why Buhari Retires Atte, Tahir, 32 Other Senior Custom Officers

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Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service

By Sadiq Umar, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has retired 34 senior officers of its senior officers as part the administration’s efforts to re-position the service.

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A statement issued by Spokesman of the Nigeria Custom Service, Wale Adeniyi, said the re-organisation is one of the core mandates of the Comptroller-General, Col. Hammed Ali.

Ali, a retired Colonel, until his deployment to the Nigeria Custom Service, was the acting Chief of Staff to President Buhari.

Ahead of the statement, five deputy Comptroller-General had on Wednesday announced their voluntary retirement.

But the NCS statement on Friday said, “As part of on-going re-organisation in Nigeria Customs Service, 34 senior officers have been retired from service with immediate effect.

“The re-organisation of the service is one of the core mandates of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd).

“Those affected in the exercise are five deputy comptrollers-general of Customs (DCGs) who have earlier given notification to the Comptroller-General for voluntary disengagement.

“They are John Atte MFR, Ibrahim Mera OON, Musa Tahir mni, Austin Nwosu and Akinade Adewuyi.

“Three others, of the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General are also affected in the re-organization exercise. They are Madu Mohammed mni, Secretary to the Nigeria Customs Board, Victor Gbemudu, Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘A’ and Bello Liman, Assistant Comptroller-General, (Headquarters).

“The rest are of the rank of Comptrollers serving in customs headquarters, zonal offices and various area commands.

“The comptroller-general of customs stated that the retirements were part of measures to kick-start the repositioning of the service for improved performance.”

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