Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi
The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi, has been advised to investigate the activities of some businessmen who claim to be ‘contraband’ agents and working for the Customs.
A freight forwarder, Chief Sabastine. Nwakire, in an open letter to the Customs boss said the intervention of Abdullahi was necessary to either bring to book or stop those who have been using his name to defraud others.
Nwakire said this would save many who are being defrauded on a daily basis by fraudsters in the ports.
He said: “I will draw the attention of the NCS CG to the wolves in sheep’s clothing around him.
“I will for sure draw the attention of the CG to the fortune diggers and fair weather elements who pretend to be the CG, on the damage done to his image by crooks especially a popular Apapa-based name dropper who fronts an imaginary friendship with the CG to defraud the distressed.”
He said importers who have problem had been defrauded tens of millions of naira by those who claim they can reach the customs boss to address any issue.
“The unsuspecting victims readily fall prey to the crooks’ scam since they shuttle Abuja and Lagos, and make a grand show of having the CG’s mobile number and reaching him on a direct ring. How can contraband agents and seized containers racketeers claim to be the CG’s true friends? I wish the CG could know the havoc they wreck his name and the CG’s sterling image!” Nwakire wrote.
He also drew the attention of the Customs boss to the issue of secret sales of seized goods under the guise of auction sales by a powerful clique in the industry.
According to him: “I wish equally to bring to the CG’s attention, the secret sales of seized goods/containers under the guise of “auction sales” by a powerful clique at rock bottom prices even when the owners want and struggle to pay fully the import prices of such goods to re-buy them”.
He advised the CG not to turn a blind eye to such outrageous and unwholesome acts because of the bad image to the Customs as an organisation.