According to Attah; “It was obvious that he was not in the right frame of mind from the questions and the answers he gave”.
Attah had also revealed that the officer was later taken to the hospital for appropriate evaluation and treatment.
Attah, a Deputy Comptroller even pleaded with Nigerians to show sympathy towards Dalhatu’s condition and pray for his quick recovery.
Attah had promised to update the public about the development on Dalhatu’s health. But over one year after, mum is the word.
The incident had then elicited varied emotions among the amused stakeholders, many of whom believed that Dalhatu had carried out the action with the backing of influential members of the ruling class who are not favourably disposed to the leadership style of the current Comptroller -General.
More than one year after the incident, not much has been heard about the sanity or otherwise of the said officer, despite the explanation by the Customs authority that Dalhatu was going through mental evaluation.
He stated further that the man took the action with the knowledge and support of powers that be in the service owing to the deep seated disaffection among some senior officers with the current management led by the Comptroller General, Hameed Ali.
According to him, the Customs authority ought to have come out with its stand on the issue and made its findings known to the public.
“We didn’t hear that he was diagnosed before the service said he was not in the right frame of mind neither did we hear that he was diagnosed after the incident.
“The Board of the Nigeria Customs should have made its position known to the public but, unfortunately, the exact position is yet to be known one year after.
“There is order in the service and such action is contrary to the law for an officer of a junior rank to wear the rank of a higher officer of which he is not.
“Under normal situation, that will amount to impersonation calculated to mislead the public.
“It is not an action which can only be disciplined by way of dismissal from service, it is also an action that will expose the officer to criminal prosecution.
“So, that is the position of the law and we want to know what has actually happened looking at the fatality of the circumstance at the time,” he explained.
Meanwhile, in May 2019, the Apapa Magistrate Court sentenced a 40 -year old man, Morgan Mohammed, to five years imprisonment for impersonating an officer of the Nigerian Customs Service and for defrauding his victims of N454, 000.
“Based on the facts of this case, confirmed the report and the plea of leniency, I hereby sentence you to five years imprisonment with an option to pay back the total sum stolen from the complainants.
”The court also sentenced the convict to six months community service for the charge of impersonation,” he ruled.
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