There was a mild drama yesterday at the Headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abuja when an Assistant Superintendent of Customs (ASC) Nura Dalhatu, decked in a full regalia of an Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, stormed the office of the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) Hammed Ali, attempting to unseat him.
He told the bewildered but amused Customs officers that he had the order from President Mohammadu Buhari, who appointed him as the new Customs boss, to take over from CGC Ali.
Sensing trouble, the other officers at the scene of the drama, overpowered the determined Dalhatu who was later arrested and whisked away.
Explaining the incident, Joseph Attah, the National Public Relations Officer of the service, claimed that the culprit was later discovered to be of unstable mind and hospitalised for medical examination.
Attah told journalist that Nura Dalhatu resumed office at the Customs Headquarters, Abuja, on Monday morning.
He further said Dalhatu was questioned about his action but replied in a manner that indicated he was mentally challenged.“It was obvious that he was not in the right frame of mind,” Attah said. “From the question and the answer he gave.”
Attah said the officer has been taken to the hospital for appropriate evaluation and treatment, urging Nigerians to show sympathy towards his condition and pray for his quick recovery.
He urged Nigerians to dismiss social media rumour that Mr Dalhatu wanted to take over the position of comptroller-general, saying the development was too serious for any serious citizen to mock or use to further a sinister agenda.
The spokesperson also said additional information about the development would be provided to the public as soon as possible.
The ambitious officer was said to be from Kaduna command of the service.