The Nigeria Customs Service has reacted to a viral video of one of its officers assaulting an aide to the Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.
In the clip that sparked outrage online, Samson Nwachukwu, a Special Assistant to Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, was slapped and attacked by an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service in presence of his colleague and a military officer.
The officer can be heard angrily asking who Mr. Samson Nwachukwu is after he had told him he is a Special Assistant to Delta State Governor before slapping him. The video ended with the military officer telling the customs officer to “get this man down.” ICYMI.
The agency’s spokesperson, DC Timi Bomodi, in a statement disclosed that the officer in the viral video and other members of that team from FOU Zone ‘C’ have since been withdrawn from patrol duties and are currently under administrative investigation at the NCS Zonal Headquarters Zone ‘C’ Port Harcourt.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.