EFCC to probe $54,230 bribe handed over by Customs

EFCC’s Assistant Commander, Michael Wetkas, and Customs Area Comptroller, Tincan Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, during the visit.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has assured the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, of further investigation into an alleged bribery of its officials to the tune of $54,230.

EFCC’s Assistant Commander, Michael Wetkas, gave the assurance on Tuesday, while receiving the money handed over to the EFCC by the Customs Area Comptroller, Tincan Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, Comptroller Dera Nnadi.

Wetkas, who thanked the leadership of NCS for the sustained collaboration between the two agencies, assured of greater support in the fight against corruption and fraud-related offences.

Speaking earlier, Nnadi said: “We always look forward to collaborating with other agencies, one of which is the EFCC.

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The money we are handing over to you today is proceeds of crime that emanated from the import of illicit drugs. An attempt to illegally release the drugs was resisted by the Customs officials.

There was also further attempts by the importers and their collaborators to compromise officers of the NCS by bribing them with the sum of $54,230, which was resisted.”

He also disclosed that, “The importer, agents as well as the containers have been handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for further investigation”.

Nnadi also used the occasion to seek more robust collaboration with the EFCC as well as other law enforcement agencies in the fight against smuggling within the command.

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