Defence & Security

Customs sanctions officer for assaulting unarmed civilian

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has sanctioned one of its officers who assaulted an unarmed civilian as shown in a video that has gone viral on social media.

In the video, the officer was seen assaulting his victim physically and verbally while been encouraged by a colleague and a soldier on the scene along the Benin – Agbor expressway on Saturday 7th May, 2022 at about 5:00pm.

Reacting to the incident, the National Public Relations Officer, DC Timi Bomodi, in a statement on Monday said the officer and other members of his team from FOU Zone ‘C’ have been withdraw from patrol duties. Stressing further that they are currently being investigated by the NCS Zonal Headquarters Zone ‘C’, Port Harcourt.

He assured the public that the officer would be sanctioned and disciplined accordingly while adding that the officers of NCS were trained to carry out their duties with dignity and respect, and are expected to also display decorum in all their conduct at all times.

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DC Bomodi 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.

“This officer and other members of that team from FOU Zone ‘C’ have since been withdrawn from patrol duties and are currently under administrative investigation at the NCS Zonal Headquarters Zone ‘C’ PortHarcourt.

“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.”

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