Men of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS has been seen in a trending video, harassing and manhandling a lawyer who was in their office, on the order of their boss who orderd that the said man should be detained for asking him a question.
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The incident happened after the lawyer visited the Apapa office of the agency over the “unlawful” seizure of his client’s car. The senior customs official is said to have allegedly ordered that he be detained after he (lawyer) pointed out the illegality of the seizure
The senior customs official who was present as his men manhandled the lawyer, did not counter the lawyer’s claim of being maltreated for asking a question.
Netizens who saw the clip condemned the act and conduct of the NCS officers, maintaining that Men in uniform in Nigeria have a history of harassing, intimidating and sometimes killing innocent citizens.
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Nigerians have repeatedly said no to such inhuman treatment in the hands of uniformed men. It was as a result of such abuses that the #EndSARS riots took place nationwide in 2020.
Constant abuse of power by men in uniform led the late Afrobeat musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti to label men in uniform ‘Animals in human skin’.