Femi Falani Asks Customs CG to Release Or Prosecute Whistle Blowing Officer Who Provided Evidence On Fuel Smuggling

Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, said he was miffed by the arrest of the official by the NCS, especially since he was performing a patriotic duty of exposing sleaze in the system. He called for the release of Owombo and his revelation should be investigated by the government.

He said: “Last year, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hamid Ali (rtd) accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Directorate of Petroleum Resources of involvement in smuggling fuel out of Nigeria to neighbouring countries. “Furthermore, at a public hearing recently held at the National Assembly, Colonel Ali questioned the claim of the NNPC that the daily consumption rate of fuel is 68 million litres.

The patriotic revelation of the Comptroller- General of Customs was hailed by the entirety of the Nigerian people “Therefore, the detained officer should be released or charged before a court of competent jurisdiction if there is evidence that he has committed a criminal offence prescribed by law.

“The allegation made by the detained officer should not be swept under the carpet. It should be investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as it is the height of economic sabotage to budget trillions of naira for the importation of fuel and allow the same to be smuggled out of Nigeria through roads that are manned by customs and immigration officers.”

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