Junior officer promotes self, attempts to unseat Customs CG


TRACKING >A major drama played itself out yesterday at the headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Abuja.
An NCS officer in the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Customs I (ASC I), Nura Dalhatu, stormed the service’s headquarters in a bid to take over as comptroller general.
Dalhatu, from Katsina State, President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, promoted himself to the rank of deputy comptroller general and entered the office of the Comptroller General, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd), to assume duty in the early hours of the day.
The officer, it was learnt, said he was carrying out a presidential order.
He was, however, arrested in the process.
The NCS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Joseph Attah, a deputy comptroller, confirmed the drama.
Attah said the assistant superintendent of Customs came to the office wearing the rank of a deputy comptroller general.
He said: “For those who have seen or may soon see a picture that is being variously misinterpreted, what happened was that an assistant superintendent of Customs came to the office today wearing the rank of a deputy comptroller general.
“From questions and answers that followed, it was obvious that he was not in the right frame of mind, so a doctor was immediately invited.”
The PRO added that Dalhatu was presently undergoing medical examination at the medical unit of the service.
At press time, the medical team at NCS Headquarters was battling to ascertain Dalhatu’s health status.
However, Dalhatu’s attempt, however, caused pandemonium and confusion at the NCS headquarters.
The incident came three days after Customs authorities announced promotion for 1,924 personnel of its junior cadre across all Customs formations.
Approving the promotion, Ali congratulated the affected personnel and charged them to see their promotion as a call to greater service to fatherland.
He said at this time when the nation expected more from non-oil revenue sources and improved security situation, operatives must totally commit to the course of nation building.