Nigerian Customs Condemns Officers’ Assault Of VIO

Nigeria Customs Condemns Officers’ Assault Of VIO

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has strongly condemned the actions of its officers over the confrontation with Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO).

In a press statement signed by the Chief Superintendent of Customs and National Public Relations Officer of the Service, Abdullahi Maiwada, the service acknowledged that the event occurred on Friday, 24 May, 2024 at AYA Roundabout in Abuja.

The statement said: “Our attention has been drawn to a video circulating on social media showing some officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in a confrontation with Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO). The NCS acknowledges that the event occurred on Friday, 24 May 2024, at AYA Roundabout, Abuja VIO Office. The officers involved in this regrettable incident are NCS personnel attached to the Customs Mechanical Unit in Karu Barracks, Abuja.”

The service expressed empathy for those affected by the incident and disassociated itself from the actions of the Customs officers. “The Service wishes to express its deepest concern and empathy for those affected by this regrettable incident. Furthermore, the NCS unequivocally dissociated itself from the actions of these officers. Their condemned behaviour, which appears to be self-motivated, is under thorough investigation, and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken to forestall future occurrences.”

Recall that there was a viral video of some NCS officers fighting with VIO. Some NCS officers went to the office of the VIO where an argument started which led to fighting in the VIO premises.

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NCS stated that the incident contradicts the values of the NCS. “It is essential to state that this incident contradicts the values and operational standards of the NCS. Such behaviour undermines one of the key policy thrusts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, which is to foster collaboration with sister security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure the safety and security of Nigerians and their properties.”

It further stated that the service remains true to its mission. “The Service remains steadfast in its mission to generate revenue, facilitate trade, and suppress smuggling to support a more robust and secure economy for all Nigerians”.

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