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Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2019

Lawyer threatens legal action against Customs over ‘inconclusive’ promotion exercise

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By Lawrence Olaoye

 An Abuja based legal practitioner, Adewale Yusuf, has threatened to sue the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over its plans to proceed with its promotion exercise to the exclusion of officers whose results have yet to be released by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Yusuf who disclosed his plans to newsmen yesterday said his chamber had already begun the process by officially requesting for all data and documents relating to the promotion examinations conducted by JAMB for the service.

He said “JAMB released part of the results and withheld others because the Board claimed that its fees had yet to be settled by the Service. We were reliably informed that the Service has resolved to go ahead with the promotion exercise for those whose results have been released without considering the fate of those others whose results are still being held by JAMB.

“With this development, those whose results are being held by JAMB will miss the opportunity for promotion and are being told to wait for another six years to partake in another exercise. This is injustice! If the Service continues the promotion exercise, we may have to drag it to the court.

We call on the Service to prevail on JAMB to release all the results so that all qualified officers could be promoted at the same time.”

In a letter addressed to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria customs Service, Col. Hamed Ali (Rtd) dated 8th of July and signed by O. A. Ajayi, the lawyer requested for “comprehensive information including all data, documents, manuals, result sheets, examination records of all officers inclusive, Rank and file of the Service, that sat and wrote examinations conducted by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.”

He continued “In pursuant of the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2011 LFN, we believe the service will comply in view of the penalties for non-disclosure as contained in the act.”

Deputy Comptroller General, Human Resources, A.U Sanusi, whose office handles issues of promotion at the Service Abuja Headquarters was copied the letter.

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