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Trigger- happy Customs officers on rampage



—- open fire on Katsina villagers

Nigeria Customs operatives in Katsina State have been fingered once again for shooting at villagers in Fadi Gurje Village at Mani Local Government Area of the state.

According to report made available by the Katsina State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Isah Gambo, the trigger-happy customs personnel allegedly stormed the village shooting sporadically into the air while riding their patrol vehicle.

Gambo said in the course of the attack, the customs officers allegedly shot one Auwal Sani on the leg who is currently at the Katsina Orthopaedic Hospital.

The yet to be identified customs personnel were said to have disappeared into thin air immediately after the attack.

He said, “Report reaching my desk reveals that Nigerian Custom Service personnel inside a patrol vehicle stormed Fadi Gurje village, Mani LGA of Katsina state, firing several shots into the air and escaped to unknown destination.

“Consequently, one Auwal Sani, M, aged 35 years of the same address was shot on the leg. Victim was rushed to Orthopedic Hospital, Katsina for treatment.

“Efforts are ongoing with a view of finding the identity of the erring officers and bringing them to justice.

“The Commissioner of Police, Katsina State has called for calm in the affected community and enjoins them to go about their lawful business as the police are working closely with the Nigerian Customs Service’s leadership with a view to resolving the problem and bringing perpetrators to book,” SP. Gambo Isah said.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach Danbaba Isah, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service to throw more light on the development failed as calls put through to his phone line were not reachable.

Recently, Customs operatives in the state were accused of attacking the convoy of the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, where they riddled one of his vehicles with bullets.

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