Customs official killed in mob attack in Katsina

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By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina

An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Katsina State Command has been reportedly killed on Wednesday morning by a mob in Kaita Local Government Area of the State.

A Source who is familiar with the incident narrated that the deceased allegedly fired gunshots into a moving truck loaded with goods and passengers, killing one of the occupants of the vehicle, at Dankama border community, along the Katsina-Kaita.

“The vehicle loaded with goods and passengers was moving from Katsina town to Dankama when they were ordered to stop by Customs officials.

“But the driver did not stop immediately following which one of the Customs officials fired some shots with his gun at the moving vehicle.

“A bullet struck one of the passengers in the hips and he began to bleed profusely. The driver of the vehicle then stopped the vehicle.

“When the passengers saw that one of them had been shot, they all came down and accosted the customs officials. They were able to identify the official who fired the shots.

“An argument followed and the passengers descended on the Customs official and beat him to death while his colleagues fled the scene”, the source added.

Meanwhile, the Katsina Customs Public Relations Officer, Tahir Balarabe confirmed the incident saying, “a mob action at one of our outposts led to the killing of the Customs official.”