In line with the current administrations zero tolerance for indiscipline, four officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been dismissed over gross misconduct.
The dismissal of the officers, who include Zaharadeen Ishiaku, Mani Aminu, Mustapha Manir and Yahaya Abdullahi, was approved by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko.
The affected officers, according to a statement by the deputy spokesman of the service, Joseph Attah, were arrested by a military patrol team on July 13, 2011, at a beer parlour in Mabushi, Abuja.
“The men were drinking alcohol, displaying fire arms and conducting themselves in a manner that clearly contradict their calling as trained security personnel,” the statement explained.
“Possession of fire arms off duty, drinking alcohol while mingling with women of easy virtue in a hotel is at variance with the new face of the Nigeria Customs Service that places high premium on discipline and professionalism,” it added.
In his remarks, the customs boss stated that the dismissal of the officers represented his administration’s zero tolerance for indiscipline, abuse of office and intimidation of Nigerians, whom officers are paid to protect.