No fewer than three operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service were shot dead while unspecified numbers of others sustained varying degrees of injuries as some unscrupulous hoodlums suspected to be smugglers resorted to unleashing mayhem on customs officers. This was contained in a press statement by the National spokesperson of the Service, Comptroller Joseph Attah.
“There appears to be a conspiracy of silence concerning the deaths of Customs anti smuggling operatives”
According to the statement: “In no distant past, we heard loud voices criticising NCS about injuries and purported killings of some Nigerians in clear cases of violence against Officers performing their legitimate duties”
Those voices seem no longer loud in condemning the murder of Customs Officers.
In Comptroller Attah’s words: “The Service within the month of October 2021, lost 3 operatives with many sustaining serious injuries”
Premised on trump up charges of ” invasion and burning of houses at a village” some supposedly responsible individuals are going to town with write ups that sweeps officers deaths under the carpet while dwelling on an allegation that has been debunked by the NCS with verifiable evidences.
Attah further stated that Nigerians must rise against smugglers’ increasing tendency to resort to violence to pull through their criminal acts.
“Those who support criminality by either physically attacking our Operatives or pushing narratives that strengthen smugglers are enemies of State and should be seen as such, no matter their claim of “defending fellow Citizens”
“We refuse to be intimidated by these merchants of violence. We remain focused on the job of ensuring that NOTHING that is capable of compromising National security and economy is allowed entry or exit” Attah stated.
Nigeria Customs Service therefore urges well meaning Nigerians not to be distracted by this selective “concern” for human life and continue to support the Service to serve the Country better.