The Comptroller-General (CG) of Nigeria Customs Service, Mr Abdullahi Dikko, on Thursday ordered the immediate handing over of the Customs Officer, who allegedly killed a 30-year-old car dealer in Lagos, to the police.
The order was contained in a statement issued by the service Deputy Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph Attah, in Abuja.
The statement stated that the CG directed the Customs Area Controller of the Federal Operation Unit, Zone A to hand over the officer for a thorough and unbiased investigation.
“The Management of the Nigeria Customs Service has expressed total disapproval of the circumstances that led to the death of Uririnke Onojorheovwo.
“The accused was alleged of car smuggling by the Customs Patrol Men in Lagos but we are more interested on who killed him and why he was killed.
“The Comptroller-General read with shock the online version of the sad story in far away Brussels where he is attending the Policy Commission Meeting of the World Customs Organisation.
“He expressed dismay over the apparent disregard of his directives to enforcement officers not to erect checkpoints or operate within the hinterland.
“In a situation where my officers are disregarding my order, the service had restricted their activities to the international borders,.
“This incident will expose the excesses of our officers and men and I can assure you that anyone found to be involved will face the wrath,’’ it stated
Dikko also directed that land checkpoints should be dismantled and limit anti-smuggling activities to the 40km radius of the international borders with immediate effect.