Board of Nigeria Customs Service has booted out two Assistant – General of Customs (ACG) for their complicit in separate illegal operations.
Bashir Abubakar, an ACG, was sacked for his ignoble role in a raid on a warehouse of a prominent local rice dealer while searching for imported rice in Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s home town.
The raid however went sour.
Abubakar was formerly the Area Controller of Apapa command where he rejected a $412,000 bribe from Tramadol barons, an action which made him an instant celebrity and eventually earned him a promotion to the next rank of ACG.
However, the celebrated Abubakar, less than two years of his famous rejection of the huge bribe and eventual elevation, has now fallen from grace to grass.
The second top Customs officer axed for his complicity in an illegal operation was ACG Aminu Dahiru.
He was booted out of the service for his alleged infamous role in the cross border smuggling of refined petroleum products in a large convoy of 170 oil tankers.
Other rank and file personnel of the Service were also affected by the massive purge effected by the Customs high command on Thursday.
Several calls made to the mobile line of Joseph Attah, the National Public Relations Officer of the service, for confirmation, rang out unanswered.