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Malpractices force Customs to reconduct senior officers’ promotion exam

A top official of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), serving at the Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada Abuja, on Monday confided in Business Hilights that the repeat of the cancelled promotion examination for officers moving from the rank of Assistant Comptroller to Deputy Comptroller was conducted with minimal hitches.

It would be recalled that the first examination exercise held on October 11, 2017 was marred by irregularities including leakage of examination questions which forced the Comptroller General, Col. Hameed Ali led management to declare the entire exercise cancelled.

A Customs circular dated November 22, 2017 signed by the Deputy Comptroller General, Human Resources Development, Ronke Olubiyi had announced the cancellation while Monday, November 27, 2017 has been fixed for a repeat of the examination at the Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada Abuja.

The circular with reference number NCS/ABJ/HRD/560/C/VOL.VIII addressed to all management staff and Customs formations nationwide reads: “The 2017 Promotion Examination (CBT) AC-DC (GD) taken on the 11th of October 2017 has been cancelled.

“This is consequent upon violation of integrity of the examination process,”

Additional details showed that examinations were held for various ranks but for this particular paper there were report and insinuations as to whether the questions leaked before the examination proper.

According to the Customs spokesman, Mr. Attah, once a process is in doubt in the case of integrity, the safest thing to do is to cancel the examination and that was what was done.