Personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday shot at the convoy of the Katsina State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Umar Gwajo-Gwajo.
Sources said the incident occurred in the morning when the commissioner’s convoy was moving from Daura to Mai’adua Local Government Area of the state. The commissioner hails from the area.
The sources did not disclose whether the commissioner was inside the convoy when the incident happened.
It could also not be ascertained what led to the incident, although smugglers usually plied the road.
A spokesperson for the Nigeria Customs Service in Katsina, Danbaba Isa, who confirmed the incident, said the customs officers involved in the shooting were already with the police.
“Investigation has commenced into the incident,” he added.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mallam Abdulrahman Mohammed, and the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, could not be reached for comments on the incident.
The commissioner was also not available for comments, as his aides at the ministry said he was not around while his telephone numbers rang out.
Recall that a customs patrol vehicle was involved in a ghastly road accident in Jibia last month, during which 10 people were killed and 15 others injured.
Governor Aminu Masari had threatened legal action against the NCS if the officers involved in the crash were not brought to book and compensation paid to families of victims.