Customs officer drowns chasing smugglers

A boat accident involving operatives of Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command has claimed the life of an Assistant Inspector of Customs, identified as A.A. Aliyu

There was a boat crash on Monday, about 6p.m., when the Customs Akere Surveillance/ Monitoring team under Idiroko Outstation led by Inspector of Customs, A.S. Ajayi with official patrol boat registration number CPM 191, acting on credible information along Vawhe-Isalu creeks, was trying to intercept a boat suspected to be carrying smuggled items.

According to a statement obtained from the WMC Public Relations Officer, Mr. Isah Sulaimon, on Wednesday, the accident resulted in the drowning of Aliyu.

His lifeless body was found underneath the river with the assistance of locals.

The body was taken to the General Hospital Badagry and later deposited at the mortuary. MAX Airline airlifted it to Kano State on Tuesday, on the request of the bereaved family.

Aliyu hailed from Funtua Local Council of Katsina State. Born on July 10, 1987, he joined the NCS on October 17, 2013 as Customs Assistant II and was promoted to AIC on January 1, 2019.

He was buried today in his hometown by 1.00p.m. according to Islamic rites.

Meanwhile, the Customs Area Controller, on behalf of the officers/men of the WMC, commiserated with the family and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.

Anozie Egole
Anozie Egole
Anozie Egole is a Transport correspondent. He reports Maritime, Aviation and Rail/Road Transport for Financial Street.

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