An administrative ‘coup’ was averted on Monday at the headquarters of the Nigerian Customs Service in Abuja after an Assistant Chief Superintendent of Customs, Nura Dalhatu, attempted to oust the Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali.
The Customs officer, who hails from Daura, Katsina State, President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown, dressed in the uniform and pips of an Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs and matched straight to the office of the CG.
He reportedly told the CG that he had been directed by Buhari to take over from Ali.
A doctor was immediately summoned to examine him as the request was viewed as being strange.
He was later taken away from the Customs headquarters to an undisclosed location.
Though the service tried to hide the matter but it spread across social media.
Spokesman for the service, DC Joseph Attah, confirmed the development in a statement.
He, however, tried to downplay the seriousness of the situation.
It reads: “Today an assistant superintendent of Customs came to the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters wearing the rank of a Deputy Comptroller General of Customs.
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.
He is presently undergoing medical examination at the medical unit of the service.
His picture is unfortunately going viral in the social media with a wrong narrative that he came to take over office from the CGC. This is not correct as it is just a pure medical case.”