There was mild drama and palpable fear on Monday at the headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja as an Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Nura Dahiru, promoted himself to the rank of Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs (DCG), claiming he was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to assume the office of Comptroller-General.
Dahiru reportedly walked into Customs Headquarters at Wuse Zone 3, Abuja on Monday morning wearing the new rank, and went into the office of Hameed Ali, the Comptroller-General.
“As he came in, officers were saluting him because he was wearing that rank,” a source said.
The Assistant Superintendent declared himself new Comptroller-General of Customs, and was waiting for Ali to hand over to him.
Recall that sometime in May, Dahiru had posted on Facebook that he had been directed by President Buhari to take over from Hameed Ali.
However, Customs spokesman, Joseph Attah, urged the public to disregard Dahiru’s claim.
He said Dahiru 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 from the question and the answer he gave,” Attah said, stating that Dahiru has been taken to the hospital for appropriate evaluation and treatment”.
Investigations by PLATFORM REPORTERS reveal that Dahiru was acting out a script written by some very senior and middle level officers who are tired of seeing a retired army officer, Ali heading an otherwise high revenue agency.
However, this conclusion can only be drawn when the medical test being carried out on Dahiru reveals the true status of his sanity, and PLATFORM REPORTERS will keep you updated as the event unfolds.