There was confusion at the Customs headquarters on Monday when an assistant superintendent of customs, Nura Dahiru, resumed work with the rank of deputy comptroller-general of Customs (DCG), claiming he was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to assume the office.
According to sources at the Customs headquarters in Abuja, Dahiru walked in 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,” one of the sources said.
“Sometime in May, he had posted on Facebook that he had been directed by the president to take over from Hameed Ali, and today when we saw him in the new rank, we thought, indeed, he has been promoted and so directed by the president. He went inside the CG’s office, sat in the waiting room, expecting the CG to handover to him.”
Reacting to the development, spokesman of Customs, Joseph Attah, said Dahiru was not in the right frame of mind when he took the action. “What happened was that an Assistant Superintendent of Customs came to the office wearing the rank of a Deputy Comptroller General. “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 a medical examination at the medical unit of the service,” Attah said.