VIRAL VIDEO ON ASSAULT: CUSTOMS VOWS TO SANCTION UNRULY OFFICER





 The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) says its officers caught on tape assaulting a civilian on a highway are currently under investigation.


The NCS stated this on Monday in a statement by its spokesperson, Timi Bomodi.


A video, which has since gone viral, showed Customs and Army officers on duty along the Benin-Agbor Expressway assaulting a man identified as Samson Nwachuckwu, a special assistant to Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.


A twitter user, Harrison Gwamnishu, posted on Sunday that the two uniformed officers jointly assaulted Mr Nwachukwu by slapping him for an undisclosed reason.


In the video, Mr Nwachukwu never retaliated “but endured the pain” as he was reported to have lodged complaints of the incident to higher authorities.


Reacting to the incident, the customs officials at the entire zone have since been withdrawn and have reported to Port Harcourt for investigation.


“This officer and other members of that team from FOU Zone ‘C’ have since been withdrawn from patrol duties and are currently under administrative investigation at the NCS Zonal Headquarters Zone ‘C’ Port Harcourt,” the statement said.


PRESS STATEMENT


VIRAL VIDEO ON ASSAULT: CUSTOMS VOWS TO SANCTION UNRULY OFFICER


The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a video making the rounds on social media. In it, one of our officers was recorded assaulting an unarmed civilian. This action took place on the Benin – Agbor expressway on Saturday the 7th of May 2022 at about 5.00 pm.


This officer and other members of that team from FOU Zone ‘C’ have since been withdrawn from patrol duties and are currently under administrative investigation at the NCS Zonal Headquarters Zone ‘C’ Port Harcourt.


Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been trained to carry out their duties with dignity and respect, and are expected to display decorum in all their conduct at all times. Where they fail to carry out their brief as assigned, appropriate sanctions are applied to enforce discipline. The NCS would like to reassure the general public of its commitment to the welfare and safety of all citizens and frowns seriously at any act by its personnel capable of misrepresenting its corporate image.


We ask that all law-abiding persons go about their activities without fear of intimidation or harassment as we work assiduously to bring closure to this unwholesome incident.


DC Timi Bomodi

National Public Relations Officer

For: Comptroller-General of Customs

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