18th August, 2021
Governor Aminu Masari has given assurance to the families of those killed by the Customs operatives, that they would not die in vain.
The governor said this during his visit to Jibia town to condole with the families of 10 people that were recently crushed by operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) through reckless driving.
“Government is pursuing all the necessary legal steps to seek redress for the families of the deceased as well as those who sustained various degrees of injuries.
“Legal experts have already been consulted to advise on the way forward to ensure speedy (legal) resolution of the matter,” he said.
The governor cautioned the families of the victims not to succumb to any covert enticement from the NCS.
“Doing so will compromise and jeopardise the government’s efforts to secure justice for the bereaved and injured.
“What customs operatives are doing in the state is wrong, and unacceptable.
“Do not succumb to any covert enticement from the customs service, no matter what they offer or promise to do for you.
“Whatever they want to do for you, let it be in the open, not in secret.
“If you accept any secret offer, then you will be truncating government’s efforts to seek justice for you; but if you resist any untoward move, the organisation will then have to rethink its attitude towards its host community,” Masari added.
NAN recalls that NCS crushed 10 persons to death through reckless driving while pursuing smugglers in Jibia border in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State recently