Suspected drug smugglers kill two Customs officers in Kebbi
Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service attached to the Kebbi State Command have been killed by suspected drugs smugglers. This came less than a month after the Command lost an officer to smuggler.
The smugglers opened fire on Kabiru Shehu Abdullahi and Abdullahi Mohammed by 1. a.m. when they were checking the car booth of the smugglers while on information Patrol between Bunza- Dakin Gari-Koko road.
The Comptroller of the Command, Dr Ben Oramalugo, said: “There was proliferation of hard drug when I resumed at the Command and I started fighting them, making seizures, and making arrests. There are rich men into this and they are not happy with me. There is a route they used to pass and I sent my men there.
“In this particular incident, my men saw a vehicle suspected to be conveying drugs, and the officers ordered them to open their booth and they opened fire on them while they were checking. My men were taken unaware.
“They ran away before we could mobilise. That’s the hazard of the job. I am trying to boost the moral of our men, and compensate the families of the deceased.
“We will continue to seize illegal goods, and make arrests. We need help in prosecution so that suspects are not released back to the streets.
Dr. Oramalugo said the officers will continue to carry out the Nigeria Customs Service’s core mandates of suppression of smuggling, facilitation of trade, security, revenue generation and enhancement of civil customs civil relationship to the host communities.
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