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LOCKDOWN: CUSTOMS BOSS ORDERS OFFICERS TO BE ON THEIR DUTY POSTS

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Col. Hameed Ali, CG of Customs

BY Innocent Orok

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col.Hameed Ali (rtd) yesterday directed that all Officers and Men of the Service working in the lockdown States of Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja should report to their duty post for work.

The order was contain in Circular No. 2020/001 dated March 30, 2020 addressed to all DCGs, ACGs, CACs and Comptroller CIU.

The circular titled “Total Lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and FCT” also spell out categories of officers and Men at the various Units that will be in active duty during the lockdown period.

It reads ” In compliance with Mr President and Commander- in- Chief’s directives on the total lockdown of Lagos, Ogun States and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the Comptroller General of Customs has directed that all Officers serving in Lagos seaports are to remain in their duty posts . While the
underlisted categories of officers serving within Ogun, FCT Commands and Headquarters are to be at their duty posts viz:”

According to the CG directive which was signed by the Deputy Comptroller General, Finance, Accounts and Technical Services, DCG , A.A Dangaladima listed the category of officers as, PAAR Officers, System Audit, Post Clearance Audit, Officers on Patrol Duties ( General), Officers on Guard Duties, Rapid Response Officers and CIU Officers.

Others are Account Unit. PR Unit, Transport and Logistics, CGC Registry and Legal Unit.
The statement also said “Furthermore all other officers from the affected commands and Headquarters are expected to be on standby as they may be called to duty if the need arises.”

It could be recalled that ,President Mohammadu Buhari had on Sunday 29th March during a nationwide broadcast announced a total lockdown of Lagos, Ogun States and the Abuja, FCT starting from Monday, 30th March, 2020 from 11pm.
The President however said the seaports in Lagos will remain open for activities.

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