- The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has debunked the claim in a viral video that a repentant bandit has been recruited for the service
- Joseph Attah, the NCS spokesman described the claim as false and provided clarifications to a customs officer shown in the video.
- An independent investigation of the viral video also concluded that the claim , the customs officer in the video was the same person as a bandit who posed with a governor was wrong
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has on A video responding making rounds on social media platforms alleging that a remorseful bandit has been recruited for the service. The NCS clarified that the officer in question was in the Video was recruited through a rigorous process and was trained in 2011 and is in the process of becoming deputy superintendent dent of Customs (3 stars) ascended.
A statement published by NCS spokesman Joseph Attah reads:
“The attention of the Nigerian Customs Service was directed to a ridiculous video making the rounds on social media platforms and a newly promoted deputy customs commissioner and a bandit alleging that the customs officer is the bandit recruited for the service.
“When that officer in nervous excitement could not bring his actions together during the decoration, which led to various public comments, we could not imagine that the troublemakers would sink so low that they fabricate this evil.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the officer in question was rigorously recruited and trained in 2011 and is currently in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Custom s (3 stars).
“It is, therefore, very unfortunate that those who want to present the country in a bad light can ridicule a simple human mistake in decorating his person and try to do the same expand ministry and nation. This is obviously the work of unpatriotic elements that should be ignored.
“A closer look at the pictures clearly shows that the customs officer is NOT the bandit depicted.”
The NCS therefore urged Nigerians to ignore the ridiculous comparison of the officer with a bandit and treat him as the work of those who do not wish the nation well.
Investigation report finds viral claim false
In the meantime, a fact check report from The Cable also sheds light on the viral video in which the customs officer struggled to greet his superiors appropriately.
The newspaper stated that the viral post that was making the rounds on social media claimed that the customs officer in the viral video was a “repentant Boko Haram member” who was in a picture Aminu Masari, the governor of, posed Katsina.
The post further claimed that the” repentant member of Boko Haram “was recruited from customs.
Upon review, The Cable stated that the earliest version of the “Bandits” picture seen by posted on a Facebook page on January 21, 2017.
The report reads:
“The caption of the pictures was written in Hausa language. The translation of the post stated that Masari was a bandit leader identified as Buharin Daji, called “Buhari of the Forest”. Various media reports confirmed the AK-47-wearing bandit’s name as Baharin Daji.
“An online search to find out more details about Buharin Daji shows news from credible media outlets stating that he will be in March Was killed in 2018. “
The report concludes that there is insufficient evidence to support the claim that customs recruited” a repentant Boko-Haram- Member “as an officer.
It added that the claim that the bandit posing with Masari in a picture is the same person as the customs officer in a viral video wrong.
Governor Masari threatens to sue customs for murders in Katsina
In the meantime, after the murder of 10 residents during a border drill in Jibia Territory, Katsina State, Governor Aminu Bello Masari recently threatened legal action g like the NCS. The
Masari condemned the frequent killings of innocent residents of the state by the NCS in a statement from its Director General for Media, Abdulabaran Malumfashi.
He noted that his government would not tolerate such incidents in the future.