Tincan Customs debunks allegation of password hacking
.Says the Command has zero tolerance for infractions
.Calls agents to show substantive evidence
By Udeme Clement and Silas Onuoha
The Tincan Island Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has condemned in strong terms the allegation made by some agents, operating under the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), on some officers conniving with cyber café operators in illegal application of passwords for clearing of goods at the port.
Speaking exclusively with Financial Business& Maritime News, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command, Uche Ejesieme, frowned at the allegation, saying that those making such allegation, must come up with substantive evidence to prove it, otherwise, such accusation will be viewed as a figment of their imagination.
The PRO who further debunked the claim, recognising the hard work and commitments of officers at Tincan, pointed out, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Command has zero tolerance for infractions and malpractice, and will therefore not tolerate, nor condone any impunity.”
He enthused, “The good news however is that, with the deployment of Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) by the Service, it will be impossible for anyone to even contemplate such, because the NICIS portal is purely biometrics”.
Responding to question on whether his Command had earlier received any petition from the association on similar issue, he explained, “I can’t really say for now, but I must state categorically, and you can be assured that the Command will not cover any officer who deliberately decides to compromise standards or negate our benchmark rating.”
He went on, “Tincan as a Command is known for complying with operational standards in legitimate trade facilitation. Our officers are very thorough in carrying out daily activities because they are well trained. For instance, look at the high level of Information Communication Technology (ICT) application by our officers at Tincan, which has recorded tremendous success in tracking and seizing absolute prohibited items from coming into our economic environment. This shows that the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, is working tirelessly in training and re-training of officers to work in line with global best practice”.