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Nigeria Customs Service Denies Media Report Indicating It’s Comptroller General Slumped, Flown Abroad

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has denied an online report stating that its Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) slumped and was consequently flown abroad for medical treatment.

In a press statement signed by it’s Public Relations Officer, DC Timi Bomodi and dated Sunday March 27, 2022, the service stated that Ali is hale and hearty.

“To put the records straight, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) is hale and hearty and not ill as reported by a little known online media outlet.

“While the motive for concocting this story is unknown to the Service, we want to reassure all our stakeholders and well-meaning Nigerians that all is well health-wise with the Comptroller General. We believe that good health and life itself are gifts from God Almighty and those to whom these gifts are bestowed are blessed indeed.

“Anyone who will think so negatively as to attribute ill health to a healthy person should be mindful of the legal consequences of spreading falsehood and take cognizance of the fact that karma itself is unsparing in its exactitude,” the statement read.

It was added in the statement that the Comptroller General, “who throughout his tenure has sacrificed his time and energy to drive the reforms agenda of this administration has earned remarkable successes in restructuring and raising unprecedented revenue for the Service.

“We know that some persons are trying to take advantage of his absence resulting from a well earned official leave to stir unnecessary controversy in the polity. This will not distract NCS Management from carrying out its brief as it seeks to rebuild a world-class institution worthy of the prayers and support of all Nigerians.”

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