Customs to review deployments at airports


Lagos Airport

THE Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is to review current deployments at Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) to ensure that only officers who meet the requirements of civility are retained.

Also, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has resolved not to restrict the movement of Customs Officers deployed at the airport, “but will continue to manage access control to ensure airport security in line with global standards”.

The resolutions were reached at the end of a meeting called by the management of both organisations to resolved recent fracas between Customs and FAAN officials at MMIA Lagos.

A joint statement issued by NCS and FAAN yesterday explained that Customs delegation was led by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi, while FAAN was led by its Managing Director, Saleh Dunoma, an engineer.

According to the statement, signed by General Manager (Corporate Affairs) of FAAN, Yakubu Dati and Public Relation Officer of NCS, Wale Adeniyi, the joint meeting reviewed the facts of the event and resolved to maintain periodic consultations to facilitate airport security.

The statement said: “The two Chief Executives expressed regrets over the incidence of 3rd June 2015 and agreed to work together to avoid future occurrence.

“That the Comptroller General of Customs will investigate the involvement of Customs Officers in the fracas and will take appropriate punitive action if they are found guilty.

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