By Frank Odinukaeze
Following the unruly conduct of a member of Customs FOU ,Zone C, patrol team for allegedly assaulting an unarmed civilian,the Nigeria Customs Service has ordered the immediate withdrawal of the team and investigation of the incident.
In a statement signed by the National public Relations Officer(NPRO) of the Service, Deputy Comptroller Timi Bormadi and made available to News men, the NPRO said”
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. ”
He said the officer and other members of that team from FOU Zone ‘C’ have since been withdrawn from patrol duties and are currently under administrative investigation at the NCS Zonal Headquarters Zone ‘C’ Port Harcourt.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 DC assured the general public that “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’. he said
“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.”he affirmed
He said the Nigerian Customs Service would always display high sense of discipline and responsibility in the discharge of their statutory duties.
‘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.”Bormadi assured.