Boat mishap : Customs officer with Western Marine Command dies on duty

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  • As the Command commiserates with deceased family

(Report by Udeme Clement):

It is a sad moment for the Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), following the death of their officer while on official duty.

Our Correspondent gathered that the unfortunate incident, which claimed the officer’s life was caused by a boat mishap,
while on duty, trying to intercept smuggled items conveyed through the waterways.

Our investigations revealed that officers of Western Marine Command are always on 24 hours patrol surveillance along the waterways and creeks to curtail smuggling along those areas.

As Marine officers, it is their statutory responsibility to curb illicit trade on sea at all times. This informs their constant patrol on waterways, notwithstanding the dangers they face in carrying out their duties

In fact, their selfless service to the Nigerian nation in the face of dangers and even death should be greatly acknowledged, appreciated and rewarded.

The record of achievements, which is in the public domain has shown that officers of Western Marine Command have risked their lives on many occasions to save Nigeria’s economy from nefarious activities of smugglers.

For instance, in May, 2020, the Command under the leadership of Comptroller Peters Olugboyega, as the Customs Area Controller (CAC), intercepted Cannabis Sativa worth over N1.2billion on high sea, after many days of surveillance on such a dangerous terrain.

Their doggedness and tenacity saved the nation from what would have been a big disaster, if such large quantities of dangerous drugs had entered the economic environment.

Till now, the seizure of N1.2 billion Cannabis Sativa by those courageous officers remains the largest single seizure of dangerous drugs ever made by a Command on water in the history of Nigeria Customs.

More so, when contacted for comment on the sad incident, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the Command, ASCI Isah SULAIMAN, explained : “On Monday, March 22, 2021 at about 1810hrs; our operatives of Western Marine Command (WMC), Akere Surveillance/Monitoring team under Idiroko Out-station, led by Inspector of Customs (IC) Ajayi AS, in official patrol boat with registration number CPM 191, acting on credible information along Vawhe-Isalu creeks, had a boat mishap, while trying to intercept a boat suspected to be carrying smuggled items.

“The accident resulted to the death of Assistant Inspector of Customs (AIC) Aliyu AA by drowning. The body of the deceased was found underneath the river with assistance of villagers around that axis.”

He went on: “The body was taken to General Hospital Badagry and later deposited at the mortuary, having certified death by the doctor on call.

“The corpse was transported by air on-board MAX air airline to Kano, yesterday March 23, 2021, on the request of his family.

“AIC Aliyu AA hailed from Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State. He was born on July 10, 1987. He joined Customs Service on October 17, 2013, as Customs Assistant II (CAII) and got promoted to the rank of AIC on 1 January 2019.

“AIC Aliyu AA died on March 22, 2021, while on active service and was buried today March 24, 2021, in his hometown, Funtua Area of Katsina State, by 1000hrs, according to Islamic rites.”

His words: “At this trying times, the CAC on behalf of Officers/Men of WMC, commiserate with the family of the deceased and pray for the repose of his soul”.

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