Smugglers kill 3 Customs officers
* There appears to be conspiracy of silence on death of Customs anti-smuggling operatives – Says Compt Attah
The National Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS),
Compt. Joseph Attah, has said that three Customs operatives lost their lives during smugglers’ attack while on duty.
He made this known in a statement dropped on Customs/media platform.
His words :. “The Service within October 2021, lost three operatives with many sustaining serious injuries.
” Premised on trump up charges of ” invasion and burning of houses at a village” some supposedly responsible individuals are going to town with write-ups sweeping Customs officers’ death under the carpet while dwelling on an allegation that has been debunked by the NCS with verifiable evidences”.
He stressed: “Nigerians must rise against smugglers’ increasing tendency to resort to violence to pull through their criminal acts. Those who support criminality by either physically attacking Officers or pushing narratives that strengthen smugglers are enemies of state and should be seen as such, no matter their claim of “defending fellow Citizens”.
He said; “We refuse to be intimidated by these merchants of violence. We remain focused on the job of ensuring that NOTHING that is capable of compromising National security and economy is allowed entry or exit.
“NCS therefore urges well-meaning Nigerians not to be distracted by this selective “concern” for human life and continue to support the Service, to serve the Country better.
“There appears to be a conspiracy of silence concerning the death of Customs anti-smuggling operatives.
In no distant past, we heard loud voices criticising NCS about injuries and purported killings of some Nigerians in clear cases of violence against Officers performing their legitimate duties’.
He frowned; “Those voices seem no longer loud in condemning the murder of Customs Officers carrying out their statutory duties”.