Customs loses officer to smugglers’ attack in Kano

The Nigeria Customs Service, Kano/Jigawa  Area Command, has decried incessant attacks on its personnel allegedly being perpetrated by smugglers and their criminal accomplices in Kano and Jigawa states.

Public Relations Officer of the Command, Isah Danbaba, made this known in a statement in Kano on Monday.

He said that some customs operatives came under attack on Saturday, Jan 26, while waiting to execute an information on suspected smuggled vehicles which resulted from an accident involving a blue Volksgen Golf Car not too far from the location of the customs officers.

He further explained that it was when the Federal Road Safety Commission officers who arrived the scene of the accident sought the assistance of the customs operatives to evacuate the injured to the nearest hospital that the suspected smugglers pounced on them, thinking that the operatives were on their trail to arrest them.

Danbaba said that while the discussion was on, the suspected smugglers, who did not want customs officials along the road, mobilised and attacked the operatives, claiming that they were the ones who caused the accident.

He said: “Even the driver of the accident car vehemently denied the smugglers’ claim.

“He said the attack left one of the customs officials seriously injured, while the personal belongings of the operatives burnt.

“Again, in another development, the Area Command had on Thursday, January 31, lost an officer who was hit by a fast speeding rice smuggler.

“The Customs Area Controller, Nasir Ahmed, wishes to express his dismay over the lawless acts and call on parents and community leaders to call their wards to order.

“He assured that the mastermind would be fished out and prosecuted, adding that from now the Command will not hesitate to use appropriate force to deal with this disturbing development.

“Smuggling is a heinous crime and it is the duty of the Nigeria Customs Service to stop it. Any attempt to obstruct our statutory duty will be dealt with decisively. Enough is enough. ”