Customs officer in Nigeria gets promotion after rejecting a 420 thousand dollar bribe from Tramadol smugglers

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After rejecting a mouth-watering 420 thousand US Dollars as bribe from smugglers of Tramadol, a customs officer in Nigeria has earned a promotion.

Comptroller Bashir Abubakar of Apapa Area Command has been promoted to an Assistant Comptroller General (ACG), by the Comptroller General of The Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd).

Mr Abubakar rejected the hefty bribe last year when the drug smuggling cartel attempted to take delivery of some 41 containers of smuggled Tramadol.

He was able to stand his ground, refused the 420 thousand Dollar bribe and seized the entire consignment of 41 containers of Tramadol.

The Comptroller General said the promotion was to serve as motivation to other customs officials to get them to do their work according to best practices and in the interest of the country.

Tramadol is a pharmaceutical product prohibited under Nigerian laws. The abuse of Tramadol is known to have dire health consequences among the population.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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