- The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) announces the killing of two of its officers by gunmen along the Lokoja-Okene road
- The customs spokesperson for Niger command, Lomba Benjamin, wonders why people would take delight in killing men of the service
- Benjamin urged aggrieved Nigerians whose goods are confiscated to seek redress at the court
It was a black day for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) as it announced on Tuesday, December 17, that armed men attacked and killed two of its officers who were on patrol along the Lokoja-Okene road.
Another officer of the agency was said to have been injured in the attack.
Confirming the attack in a statement, Lomba Benjamin, spokesperson of the NCS command in Niger state, lamented the incident.
According to him, those killed have been identified as S Ohiremen, an Assistant Superintendents of Customs (ASC) and SM Omale, a Deputy Superintendent of Customs (DSC).
The officer that was injured was also identified as HI Oladapo.
Benjamin said the injured officer was taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi state for treatment.
“Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service are only implementers of federal government policies, hence we urge every Nigerian citizen aggrieved toward losing his/her goods to engage the services of the court rather than resort to violence and killing of family men who are the breadwinners..while serving their nation,” he said in the statement.
Benjamin said the agency had been in contact with the families of the slain officers since the incident happened on Thursday, December 12.
He said the agency was pained by the incident, but that men of the service will continue to collaborate with security forces to be able to apprehend the suspects.
Legit.ng earlier reported how customs officers recently nabbed a man wearing a jersey with rice strapped over his body.
In the video shared on Facebook, a customs official can be seen cutting off the cellotape which the unidentified man used to strap the rice to different parts of his body.
Some were strapped to his chest, others to his leg. A voice can be heard telling the man turnaround and face the camera. The man was obviously embarrassed as he kept shaking his head.
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