For the avoidance of doubt, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has released names of 247 officers on the black books.

These are officers and men who committed various offences and have either been dismissed, demoted, cautioned or forcibly retired.

This is the first time the service would release all the names of its affected officers in one swoop.

The list was contained in an internal publication of the service called Monthly Order.

The publication, which was suspended since 2015, was brought back this month following directives by the Comptroller General of the NCS, Hameed Ali.

The publication contained names of both past and present officers of the service who had cases to answer since Ali took over as well as officers connected with the various arms importation into the country in the past nine months.

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Some online media were said to have mistaken the list for fresh dismissals and punishment by the service but the Public Relations Officer, NCS, Joseph Attah, made some clarification.

“More information will continue to feature in subsequent editions of the monthly order and it may include more names of persons affected by several management decisions in the past, like promotions or redeployment, retirements, dismissals and other actions that affect the service or its operatives,” Attah said, adding that the list was actually longer than what was published.

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