The Nigeria Customs Service has commiserated with the family of a teenager that was reportedly killed during an anti smuggling operation in Jibia border town of Katsina State while absolving it’s operatives of blame for the killing that took place on Saturday, January 3, 2023
Abdullahi Maiwada,Customs National Public Relations Officer who discloded this in a press statement issued in Abuja, said the J5 vehicle that caused the teenager’s death was not driven by a customs officer.
Maiwada, a Chief Superintendent of Customs expressed the condolences of the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi over the death of the teenager and clarified that the J5 vehicle that allegedly killed the lad was not driven by a customs operative.
He added that the driver of the vehicle, who is not a customs officer, is presently in police custody and reiterated the CGC’s commitment to harmonious relationship with various stakeholders
See his statement below
“Our attention has been drawn to the devastating loss of a young life in the Jibia Border Area of Katsina State on Saturday, February 3, 2024. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the innocent teenager whose life was tragically cut short.
“It is pertinent to address the misinformation circulating in the media regarding the reported killing of the teenager by a reckless driver of a J5 vehicle. The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone B, headquartered in Kaduna, covers 10 states plus the FCT, including Katsina, where the Jibia border is situated.
“We wish to clarify that our operatives neither drove the J5 vehicle nor intercepted it during the reported incident, contrary to some press allegations of the involvement of our Officers. Preliminary reports suggest that the J5 vehicle was transporting soya beans, and the driver is currently in Police custody pending further investigation.
“The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, alongside the officers and men of the service, expresses profound sympathy with the bereaved.
“The CGC reiterates his unwavering commitment to fostering harmonious community relations and conducting anti-smuggling operations without casualties. He also urges members of the public to adhere to Government directives and cooperate with law enforcement agencies to maintain peace and security in our communities.
“In this moment of grief and loss, we appeal for calmness from all stakeholders. We deeply appreciate the ongoing cooperation extended by the Border communities as we work together to address challenges and promote safety and prosperity for all” the statement read.