How daredevil smugglers attacked Customs officers in Katsina
The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, SC ISAH SULAIMAN,
has given details on the deadly attack on Customs officers by smugglers sabotaging the nation’s economy in Katsina State.
He informed : “At about 1300 hours on Wednesday, 23 August 2023, Officers and Men of Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’, went on legitimate patrol duties to the Dankama Area of Katsina State.
“While carrying out their statutory duties of anti-smuggling, some hoodlums suspected to be smugglers launched a brutal attack on the Officers with dangerous weapons, thereby inflicting injuries on Inspector of Customs, IC Haruna A”.
He went on : “The wounded officer was immediately rushed to the hospital for proper medical attention and he is responding to treatment”.
He pointed out : “It is pertinent to note that the Nigeria Customs Service is an agency saddled with the responsibility of enforcing government fiscal policies for collective societal good.
“The officers would not fold their hands and allow smugglers who have no regard for the laws of the land to perpetrate their nefarious activities, to the detriment of our security and economic well-being”.
On this note, Comptroller FOU ‘B’, Musa Ibrahim Jalo, is concerned about the injuries inflicted on his officer and directed a full-scale investigation to arrest the perpetrators of this barbaric act.
He stressed that any further attack on officers of the Unit must not be tolerated, as it will be treated with utmost resistance by Customs operatives.
He added that such violent attack will never deter operatives of the Unit from carrying out their legitimate duties.
He appealed to traditional rulers, parents and community leaders to warn their subjects to desist from attacking security operatives, as anyone caught shall face the consequences of his action.