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One Officer Dies As Customs Battles Suspected Boko Haram Insurgents

An official of the Nigeria Customs Service, Assistant Superintendent of Customs II, Ahmed Usman, lost his life as the Customs prevented an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on its office in Geidam town, Yobe State.

The operation was jointly carried out with a timely reinforcement from the Nigerian Army.

The NCS made this known in a statement released on Sunday and signed by the National Public Relations Officer, NCS, Abdullahi Maiwada.

The national PRO stated that the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi, and other members of the service extend their “heartfelt condolences” to the family of the late 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.”

Adeniyi urged Nigerians to contribute to the “crucial role of community engagement in the shared pursuit of safety and security,” while he also thanked the army for their cooperation.

“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.

“In memory of ASC II Ahmed Usman and the face of adversity, the Nigeria Customs Service stands strong, resolute, and united, ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s borders.”

The statement stated that the collaborative efforts between the service and the army showed “unwavering courage and resilience against the enemies of the state. The Customs Office faced a formidable threat but was bravely defended, safeguarding the facility and the families of fellow officers and men.”

Maiwada stated that Usman, born on April 2, 1983, joined the service on February 24, 2009.

Until his death, he was a “dedicated NCS member.”

The late officer hailed from Pindiga town, Akko Local Government Area in Gombe State.

He’s survived by a wife and five children.

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