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Customs launches manhunt for killers of officer at checkpoint in Katsina

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has launched a manhunt for the murderers of its staff, Customs Assistant II Auwal Haruna, who was killed at the Gamji Makaho checkpoint in  Dankama area of Katsina State.

The heinous act happened on April 17, 2024. The search is to bring the perpetrators to justice.

In a statement signed by the National Public Relations Officer of the service, Abdullahi Maiwada, the Comptroller General of Customs, Wale Adeniyi, condemned, for the umpteenth time, violent acts against the officers and men of the service.

The statement further stated that Adeniyi extended heartfelt condolences to the family and colleagues of CA II Auwal Haruna.

He emphasised that the Nigeria Customs, in close collaboration with other security agencies, is tirelessly working to apprehend the perpetrators of this reprehensible act and ensure they face the full consequences of the law.

“The CGC asserts that violence against our officers is utterly unacceptable, and we will pursue every avenue to bring those responsible to justice.

”The safety of our personnel and the security of our borders remain paramount. We are committed to working with traditional rulers, government bodies, and sister agencies to combat this heinous crime against our personnel.”

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The statement added that the Service, under the leadership of CGC Adeniyi,is unwavering in its commitment to combating smuggling and other cross-border crimes.

”The Service will not falter in its mission to uphold the law and protect the interests of the Nigerian people.

“Intelligence available to us indicates that certain unpatriotic community members are harbouring suspected accomplices involved in this heinous crime.

“We implore these individuals to embrace patriotism by aligning with the law and refraining from condoning illegality. It is in the best interest of our communities and nation to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to root out criminal elements and ensure justice prevails.

The Customs therefore urged the public to join hands in the fight against these brazen criminals. We implore the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities of these daredevil smugglers to the nearest customs formation.

“Together, we can create a safer environment for our officers and a more secure nation for all,” the CGC Adeniyi declared.

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