NCS mourns fallen personnel in Katsina state


*reaffirms unwavering commitment towards border security

By Onu Okorie

The Nigeria Customs Service NCS has expresses deep sorrow in announcing the tragic passing of Customs Assistant II Auwal Haruna. The unfortunate incident occurred at the Gamji Makaho checkpoint in Dankama area of Katsina State on the morning of April 17, 2024.

The melee was triggered when a team of customs officers attached to Katsina Area Command attempted to intercept a convoy of over fifty vehicles transporting goods suspected of illegal movement outside the country. Haruna and his fellow officers exhibited remarkable courage in their duty to thwart these audacious economic saboteurs. Their actions sparked a confrontation with an enraged mob who viciously attacked and fatally assaulted CA II Auwal Haruna. He has since been laid to rest according to Islamic rites in his hometown, Kayawa, under the Dutsi Local Government Area of Katsina state.

Speaking on the incident, the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi said that the entire NCS fraternity extend heartfelt condolences to the family of CA II Auwal Haruna. He also vehemently condemns the senseless act of violence that led to his untimely demise and assures a comprehensive investigation into this tragic incident to ensure justice is served.

The CGC underscores the perilous challenges officers face in their daily mission to safeguard the nation’s borders. Under his stewardship, he assures that the NCS stands firmly united with the fallen officer’s family during this period of profound grief.

The NCS remains steadfast in its efforts to combat illegal activities such as smuggling, prioritising Nigeria’s border integrity while ensuring the safety of citizens and dedicated customs personnel.