The Comptroller-General of Custom (CGC), Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rted) has ordered a holistic investigation into the fatal vehicle accident involving one of its operational vehicles which recently claimed about eight lives in Katsina State.
Customs Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah who disclosed this in a statement yesterday added that the move was aimed at preventing a reoccurrence of the unfortunate accident.
A patrol vehicle of the Nigerian Customs Service reportedly rammed into a crowd in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State on Monday, causing loss of lives and severe injuries to many people.
While regretting the incident, the customs appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to show understanding of the situation and offer words or actions that can help heal those in pains, adding that “human actions cannot always keep society free of accident”.
Attah emphasized that the entire staff of the service remained deeply saddened by the unfortunate operation accident that resulted in the death of fellow Nigerians and injuries to others.
He said, “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.”
He added that the service was doing all it takes to get the best treatment possible for the injured adding that it will do what it could to ameliorate the pains of those who lost their loved ones.