Customs Investigates Officers Assaulting Civilian In Viral Video

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

Officers of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), who were caught in a viral video assaulting an unarmed civilian, have been withdrawn from patrol duties and placed under administrative investigation at the NCS Zonal Headquarters Zone ‘C’ Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

This was disclosed on Monday in a statement by DC Timi Bomodi, National Public Relations Officer, on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs.

The officers, whose identities were not disclosed, harassed, with a dirty slap, their victim, identified as Samson, said to be an SA to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

The unfortunate incident drew the anger of the public who called got the prosecution of the officers involved in the dastardly act.

“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 p.m.

“This officer and other members of that team from FOU Zone ‘C’ have since been withdrawn from patrol duties and are currently under administrative investigation at the NCS Zonal Headquarters Zone ‘C’ Port Harcourt.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

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