Customs Foils Attack On Its Facility In Geidam, Yobe State, Loses One

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…Gov. Buni condoles NCS, family of fallen officer

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS with timely reinforcement from the Nigerian Army, on Saturday, foiled an attack on the Customs Office in Geidam town, Yobe State by the suspected Boko Haram insurgents, demonstrating unwavering courage and resilience against the enemies of the state.

According to a statement signed by CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, National Public Relations Officer, NCS, the Customs Office faced a formidable threat but was bravely defended, safeguarding the facility and the families of fellow officers and men.

The statement observed that Assistant Superintendent of Customs II Ahmed Usman, born on April 2, 1983, and a dedicated NCS member since February 24, 2009 tragically paid the ultimate sacrifice during the attack.

Usman, who hailed from Pindiga Town, Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State, left behind a grieving wife and five children, three boys and two girls.

“The Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, alongside the entire NCS fraternity, extends heartfelt condolences to the family of ASC II Ahmed Usman, the NCS Borno/Yobe Area Command, and the Government of Gombe State for the loss of this heroic and devoted individual in the line of duty.

“Furthermore, the CGC expressed gratitude for the unwavering solidarity and cooperation extended to the NCS by the Nigerian Army, Sister Agencies, and the good people of Yobe State under the leadership of His Excellency Mai Mala Buni, the Executive Governor.

“He emphasized the crucial role of community engagement in the shared pursuit of safety and security, urging all citizens to contribute to these collective endeavors actively”, the statement said.

It maintained that the Nigeria Customs Service stands strong, resolute, and united in memory of ASC II Ahmed Usman and in the face of adversity, ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s borders.

Meanwhile, the Yobe state Governor,  Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has condoled with the Nigerian Customs Service and the family of the officer killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Geidam on Saturday.

Governor Buni described the attack on the Customs facility and the sad loss of the officer as sad and unfortunate.

“It is sad that we are visited by this unfortunate incident at a time when we enjoy relative peace across the state.

“Our gallant security operatives have no doubt maintained watchful eyes to maintain security of lives and property in the state.

“This unfortunate attack however, is a wake up call to all of us to be vigilant, and we should not be carried away by the peace we enjoy and taken by surprises.

“I extend the sympathy and condolences of the government and people of Yobe state to the Nigeria Customs Service, the Controller General and family of the slain officer”, Governor Buni said.

He assured the commitment of his administration to continue partnering security operatives in the state to improve on the relative peace enjoyed across the state.

Buni prayed for the repose of the late officer in eternal rest and the fortitude to his family to bear the irreparable loss.

The Governor called on the people of the state to always provide timely and useful information to government and security agencies on questionable persons and movements in their communities.

Photo: Mr. Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, Comptroller General of Customs.

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