By Edmund Chilaka
The Acting Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, has disbanded the CGC’s Strike Force Teams.
In a circular dated 17th June, signed by Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Enforcement, Investigation, and Inspection (E, I& I), Abba Kura, all officers previously assigned to the Strike Force Teams were directed to return to the respective Area Commands or Units from where they were drawn.
In line with the new development, the Strike Force Team Coordinators in zones A, B, C, and the headquarters were directed to ensure that all arms and ammunition are properly handed over to their respective Area Commands, Units, or to the Headquarters.
The operational vehicles formerly in use were ordered to be handed over to the Controllers of the Federal Operation Units (FOU), with necessary returns to be forwarded to Headquarters while the Coordinator of Headquarters Strike Force Team was directed to retire operational vehicles from his team to the Comptroller Transport & Logistics.
The circular ordered that records of all detentions, seizures, cases in court, and other vital information were to be handed over to the Controllers of FOUs across the Zones while the Coordinator of Headquarters Strike Force Team is required to retire all records under his custody to the office of Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Enforcement, Investigation, and Inspection (E, I&I).
The CGC commended and appreciated the officers for their services in the Strike Force Teams but directed strict compliance to the the dissolution of the units with immediate effect.