The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, has condoled with the families of eight victims who died and others who were injured during an unfortunate accident involving personnel of the Service in Katsina State.
A Customs patrol vehicle had on Monday lost control and killed no fewer than eight persons in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State when some operatives of the Border Drill reportedly went to Jibia to get food.
Ali, in a statement signed by the Customs Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, sympathized with the families of the victims, government as well as the people of Katsina State.
He assured that the Service is doing all it takes to get the best treatment possible for the injured and will do what it can to ameliorate the pains of those who lost their loved ones.
“As a responsible Government Agency, we are mindful of the duty of care imposed upon us to ensure the safety of our citizens. Unfortunately, our efficiency is sometimes undermined by unanticipated failures in our equipment as in this case which was caused by break failure resulting in the death of eight fellow Nigerians and injuries to others at the border town of Jibiya, Katsina State.
“Nigeria Customs Service shares in the pains of losing these compatriots and extends heartfelt condolences to the immediate families of the deceased, Government and the people of Katsina State.
“Even though, human actions cannot always keep society accident free, the CGC has already directed holistic investigation into the incident with a view to preventing a reoccurrence of this unfortunate accident in the future.
“The NCS therefore calls on all well-meaning Nigerians to show understanding of the situation and offer words or actions that can help heal those in pains. As a Service, our hearts and prayers go to the families of the bereaved and those in hospitals,” the statement said.