Nigerian Customs Service Consoles Family of Slain Personnel, Restates Committment to Boarder Security

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has expressed deep sadness over the tragic death of one of its personnel, Customs Assistant II, Auwal Haruna.

A statement signed by Abdullah I Maiwada, Chief Superintendent of Customs, National Public Relations Officer, stated that the unfortunate incident took place at the Gamji Makaho checkpoint in the Dankama area of Katsina State on the morning of April 17, 2024.

The statement explained that the incident occurred when a team of customs officers from the Katsina Area Command tried to stop a convoy of over fifty vehicles carrying goods suspected of being illegally transported out of the country.

Maiwada stated, “Haruna and his colleagues showed great bravery in their efforts to stop these daring economic saboteurs. Their actions led to a confrontation with an angry mob who brutally attacked and killed CA II Auwal Haruna.”

He has since been laid to rest in his hometown of Kayawa, in the Dutsi Local Government Area of Katsina State, following Islamic rites.

The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, and the entire NCS community offer their sincere condolences to the family of CA II Auwal Haruna.

The CGC strongly condemns the senseless act of violence that resulted in his tragic death and promises a thorough investigation to ensure justice is served.

The CGC acknowledges the dangerous challenges that officers face in their daily duty to protect the nation’s borders. He assures that the NCS stands in solidarity with the family of the fallen officer during this time of deep sorrow.

The NCS restated its committment to combating illegal activities such as smuggling, prioritizing Nigeria’s border security while ensuring the safety of citizens and dedicated customs personnel.

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