2 months on, Customs still investigating personnel involvement in accident that killed 10 in Katsina

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Two months after,the Nigeria Customs Service patrol vehicle’s ghastly accident which claimed 10 lives Jibia, Katsina State, is still being investigated.

The PUNCH recalls that the patrol vehicle had veered off the road Jibia while chasing a vehicle believed to be conveying smuggled items, killing 10 and injuring fewer than 15 others.

Governor Aminu Masari had demanded compensation for the families of those who died and also for those injured the accident.

The governor also demanded for the prosecution of all the NCS personnel involved the accident.

The NCS Zonal Coordinator, Zone B, Assistant Controller General, Uba Mohammed, also led a delegation to Katsina on a sympathy visit the incident.

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The NCS Public Relations Officer Katsina, Danbaba Isah, while reacting to enquiries on the incident on Sunday, said that investigation was still in progress on it.

He added that the NCS was also investigating the recent shootings of the convoy of Katsina State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Yau Gwajogwajo, by some NCS personnel.

Isah said a reply to an SMS enquiry about the two incidents, “I have nothing to say for now, because the incidents are still under investigation.”

Some NCS personnel had, on September 7, 2021, shot at Mallam Gwajogwajo’s convoy at Muduru village, a few kilometres from Katsina.

The Acting Customs Area Comptroller for the Katsina Area Command, Dalha Wada, had disclosed then that “a fact-finding and discipline committee” had been set up by the Command to unravel the incident; adding, “Though there is no timeframe for submitting the report, the committee is saddled with the responsibility of doing a thorough job, considering the personality involved.”