Over a month after he requested that the leadership of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) avails him of useful information confidentially of Customs personnel allegedly moonlighting as as Customs agents, ANLCA is yet to grant the wishes of the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Tin-Can Island Port Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Baba Abdullahi Musa, according to findings by SIDELINES.
Musa, it would be recalled, had on Thursday, May 24, 2018, hosted a fact-finding visit to him at Customs House, Tin-Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC), Apapa, Lagos, South-West Nigeria, by a delegation of the ANLCA led by the National Vice President and then Acting National President, Dr. Kayode Farinto.
SIDELINES recalls that part of the issues raised by the ANLCA team during the visit was the alleged involvement of some serving Customs officers in the business of cargo clearance for personal pecuniary gains.
Similarly, ANLCA alleged that some serving Customs officers even own Customs agency licences or are on the Board of Directors of corporate organisations, thereby promoting undue influences, compromises and favouritism in the cargo clearance processes.
The CAC was, however, not unduly swayed by ANLCA’s allegations, as he emphatically dismissed these because they were not backed by evidences.
Subsequently, the CAC challenged anyone with useful information on the matter of serving Customs officers moonlighting as Customs agents to make it available to him confidentially for necessary action.