The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, retired Colonel Hameed Ali, has ordered all customs officers and men to declare their assets within two weeks.
The directive is contained in a circular signed personally by Ali and issued to all the Deputy Comptrollers-General, Zonal Coordinators and Area Comptrollers of the service.
The circular reads in part: “Specifically, Section 12 (1) states that the provision of this act shall apply to the comptroller-general, deputy comptroller-general, assistant comptroller-general, chief collector, principal collector and other officer, staff or employee of the Nigeria Customs Service, as it applies to a chief executive or an employee of a bank.”
According to the circular, many officers had not complied with the provisions of the act over the years, and warned that the 14-day ultimatum for compliance would be strictly enforced.
It explained that the decision was aimed at ensuring transparency and compliance with the rule of law, as well as the Bank Employees Declaration of Assets Act Cap B1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
It noted that, although the act mandates all bank employees to declare their assets, it also empowers the president to compel other categories of persons to apply same.