VIDEO: CG, Customs Management Team Condemns Officers Confrontation with VIO in viral video

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The Nigeria Customs Service, under the leadership of CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his management team, has strongly condemned the actions of its officers involved in a confrontation with Vehicle Inspection Officers at the AYA Roundabout, Abuja VIO Office on Friday, May 24.

The CGC and his management team in a press statement release by CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, National Public Relations Officer of the Service clearly stated that they will not tolerate any acts of indiscipline or actions that that will jeopardise the commitment to professionalism and inter-agency cooperation as the Service remains steadfast in its mission to generate revenue, facilitate trade, and suppress smuggling to support robust and secure economy for all Nigerians.

A viral video of the confrontation showed officers in uniform engaging in a physical altercation, with gunshots audible in the background.

The Service’s position was made known in a statement signed by the National Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, on Tuesday.

According to Maiwada, the incident is under investigation and disciplinary measures will be taken to prevent future occurrences.

The statement read, “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, May 24 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 wishes to express its deepest concern and empathy for those affected by this regrettable incident. Furthermore, the NCS unequivocally dissociate 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.

“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.”

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