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Published On: Thu, Feb 22nd, 2018

Customs allegedly kills man, 29 in Katsina while chasing smugglers

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From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua Katsina

It was tears and sorrow in Daddara town in Jibia local government of Katsina state as hundreds of people gathered for the burial of a 29 year old animal feeds seller, Amiru Abdul’aziz who was allegedly killed by customs patrol team pursuing rice smugglers.
A close relative of the deceased, Malam Bello told our correspondent that their brother was shot and killed around 5: 30 pm Wednesday while coming out of his shop.
He said “at around 5: 30 pm Wednesday we heard gun shots all over the town where we saw a customs patrol team pursuing rice smugglers. As people began to scamper for safety due to the indiscriminate shooting our brother was hit” .
Abdul’aziz who was on tears while narrating the sad incident to our correspondent lamented that the tragedy has taken away the bread winner of the family who was working hard to support his aged father, his pregnant wife and two children.
He further alleged that this was not the first time the people of the area are mourning such a tragedy, alleging that the customs have been killing their people over the years.
Similarly, narrating their sad loss, the father of the deceased, Malam Abdul’aziz Daddara and his wife, Malama Zainab lamented that their world was turned upside down by the brutal killing of their bread winner.
They therefore called on all authorities concerned to make sure that justice was done to them, adding that, “ only justice will reduce the bitterness of his death in our hearts”.
However, when contacted, the Katsina Custom’s Command spokesman,
Theophilus Duniya told newsmen that his command has no official report of the incident.

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