An unprecedented mass exodus has hit the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, with the retirement of no fewer than 34 senior officers in one fell swoop, including six Deputy Comptroller-Generals, DCGs.
Accordingly, five DCGs: Atte, A.J with service number 31441; Musa T.A, 31454; Mera I.M, 37595; Nwosu A.C, 34421; Adewuyi A.A, 30727, in addition to one DCG who resigned earlier, tendered their joint resignation letter dated October 29.
The five DCGs’ resignation letter, which was addressed to the Chairman of the Customs Board, entitled “Voluntary Retirement,” reads:
“We the under-listed officers currently on the rank of Deputy Comptroller-General met today, 29 October 2015 and unanimously agreed to voluntarily retire from the service of the Nigerian Customs Service, having risen to the privileged rank of Deputy Comptroller-General.
“We need to thank the President for giving us the opportunity to serve our great nation, Nigeria.”
The DCGs did not however give any reasons for their sudden decision to call it quits from the service.
Also, Mr Wale Adeniyi, the Public Relations Officer of the service in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, confirmed that no fewer than 34 senior officers were affected in the latest hurricane that has hit one of Nigeria’s biggest cash cows.
The Street Journal recalls that the immediate past NCS C-G, Mr Adullahi Dikko,had voluntarily retired from the service.
President Muhammadu Buhari had stirred the hornet’s nest by appointing retired Col. Hameed Ali, a former military governor of Kaduna State, renowned for a spartan lifestyle and unwavering ant-corruption stance as CG, ahead of the DCGs who are career officers.