An attempt by a mentally unstable officer to oust Col. Hameed Alli (Rtd), the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service from office failed on Monday as the officer identified as Nura Dalhatu is now a patient of an undisclosed psychiatric hospital.
Dalhatu, who until his self-imposed elevation was an Assistant Superintendent of Customs, shocked the Service when he arrived the Headquarters in Abuja in full regalia of a Deputy Comptroller of Customs.
He told all who cared to listen that President Muhammad Buhari had approved his appointment as the new Customs boss and proceeded to Col. Ali’s office with same claims.
Upon interrogation, Dalhatu was found to be incoherent and mental unstable.
Reacting to the development, some officers of the Service who spoke to TNMN on anonymous terms admitted that many officers of the Service were under mental pressure stemming from family, tribalism and selective promotion at work and allegedly, a distrust of officers from management.
A statement by the National Public Relations Officer of the Service, Deputy Controller Joseph Attah, however stated thus:
“For those who have seen or may soon see a picture that is being variously misinterpreted what happened was that an Assistant Superintendent of Customs came to the office today 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.”