The Comptroller General of the NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), gave the warning in Calabar, the Cross River State capital while addressing officers and men of the Customs Service on the need to be of good conduct and display professionalism while carrying out their duties.
Mr. Ali, who is on a familiarization tour of commands, duty and border posts of the Customs Service nationwide, said his administration has zero tolerance for corruption, hence the need for personnel to shun every form of corrupt practices.
“I want to make it clear to all of you that I have zero tolerance for indiscipline and corruption. I will dismiss and jail any officer found guilty.
“Indiscipline will no longer have a place in the Nigeria Customs Service. We must have officers and men with impeccable characters to promote the image of the service.
“Anyone caught falsifying any document or compromising with fake imported goods will also be dismissed and jailed.
“We have resolved that anyone caught in an unprofessional conduct, no matter the circumstances, will be dismissed and jailed for the offence”, he warned.
According to Ali, the dismissal and imprisonment of corrupt personnel will send a strong signal to others and this would do well to reform the service.
“I am determined to undertake reforms and reconstruct the service to collect more revenue into the coffers of the Federal Government.
“We have been seen as the most undisciplined paramilitary organization because we have refused to obey the laws that govern us.
“Paramilitary is all about discipline and we must operate on that basis. We must also work in line with the law establishing the service”, he said.
The former military administrator of Kaduna State also assured the officers and men that under his watch, the Nigeria Customs Service would reward hard working officers even as he disclosed that arrangements were ongoing for the provision of suitable accommodation for them.
“We are aware of the challenges of accommodation in your command. We will try our best to provide a better accommodation for you all”, he said.