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Customs officer injured as smugglers attack Katsina border town



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An attack on members of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCoS) in a border town in Katsina by some alleged smugglers resulted in the injury of an inspector of customs (IC) named Haruna A.

On Wednesday at around 13:00 hours, while on an anti-smuggling patrol along the Dankama Area of Katsina State, the hoodlums, equipped with hazardous weapons, allegedly attacked the officers and men of the agency affiliated to the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’.

The injured officer was rushed to a hospital for proper medical attention, according to a statement released on Friday by the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna’s public relations officer, SC Isah Sulaiman, and is responding to treatment.

“It is pertinent to state that the Nigeria Customs Service is an agency that is saddled with the responsibility of enforcing government fiscal policies for collective societal good. The unit’s officers would not fold their arms 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,” the statement added.

“On this note, Comptroller FOU ‘B’, Musa Ibrahim Jalo is very concerned about the injuries inflicted on his officer and directed a full-scale investigation to fish out the perpetrators of this barbaric act. He stated that any further attacks on any officer of the Unit would not be tolerated and would be treated with utmost resistance from our operatives.


“He added that such violent attacks will never deter the operatives of the Unit from carrying out their legitimate duties, no matter whose ox is gored.”

The statement further 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.

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