By Gboyega Oni
The Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (retd) is in a mourning mood now over the brutal killing of two of his officers in the anti-smuggling operative of the Nigeria Customs Service.
The two officers were Chief Superintendent of Customs Maidama Yabo and Assistant Superintendent of Customs I Babandi Nuraddeen Shaba. They were brutally killed by people suspected to be armed bandits at Dogon Hawa, Katsina State.
The sad development was contained in a press release made available to PortNewsNigeria by the Deputy Comptroller Joseph Atta, National Public Relations Officer of the Service.
He said the Comptroller General received the news of the death sadly and bemoaned the fallen colleagues praying the Almighty Allah to grant them eternal rest.
While condoling the families of the deceased officers, Ali expressed the resolve of the Service to do all that is possible to bring the killers to justice and lamented the inclination of smugglers and other criminal elements who are quick to inflict violence on anti-smuggling operatives who are carrying out their statutory functions.
According to the release, “the Nigeria Customs Service is mourning the killing of its anti-smuggling operatives, Chief Superintendent of Customs Maidama Yabo and Assistant Superintendent of Customs I Babandi Nuraddeen Shaba who were brutally gunned down by people suspected to be Armed Robbers at Dogon Hawa, Katsina State.”
“While investigation is on-going to ascertain the motive behind the killing and carting away of one (1) AK 47 riffle with its magazine loaded with ammunitions, helmet, bullet proof vest and Service shoes, the Service Management expressed deep sense of sorrow over the loss of two (2) officers known for their dedication to the course of fighting smugglers.”
Ali said the Service resolved to appropriately reward the officers posthumously and to see the great lost as a push to go even harder on smugglers.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller General used the opportunity to warn smugglers that the anti-smuggling operatives will not hesitate to use appropriate force to defend themselves while enforcing the extant laws governing imports and exports in Nigeria.
“Customs officers and indeed all security operatives are Nigerians whose lives are valuable to their families and the nation at large,” said Ali.