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Customs boss Adeniyi denies falsifying age

Adewale Adeniyi

Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Mr Wale Bashir Adeniyi, on Friday described as unfounded, a report that he falsified his age to remain in public service.

In a statement, Adeniyi said that the report lacked credibility and could be best described as junk.

Adeniyi stated this in reaction to a report in an online news platform that he falsified his age and had spent 43 years in service.

“Common sense dictates that a fitting picture should illustrate such a reported scandal; instead, what appeared to be a plain paper with indiscernible, blurry writings was used to attempt to convince readers.

“The first two paragraphs of the story claimed that official documents were sighted to prove Adeniyi’s culpability,” he said.

The comptroller-general said that the medium did not provide screenshots of the official documents it claimed to have obtained.

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He added that the medium contradicted itself in two paragraphs of the exclusive story.

According to Adeniyi the report claimed in one paragraph that his age falsification has enabled him to remain in service beyond age 60.

“In another, it claimed the documents also revealed that Adeniyi altered his years of service to remain in customs service,” he said.

He added that no tangible evidence was presented in the report to substantiate the claims.

“Neither the document showing age alteration nor the one showing service period extension by the customs boss was attached to the story,” he said.

He said that the report might be aimed at distracting him but he would remain focused and committed to leading Nigeria Customs Service well. (NAN)

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