From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has called for the immediate suspension of activities of the border drill operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Katsina State by the Federal Government.
The Northwest Coordinator of the Coalition, Comrade Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi who made the call while addressing newsmen in the state, also demanded for an immediate compensation to be paid to families of the deceased persons who lost their lives in the accident.
In a letter addressed to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, the group noted the incident was not the first time, hence the need for urgent investigation into the matter to avert future occurrences of what it described as extra-judicial killings of innocent Nigerians by men of the Service. According to him, the reckless behavior of the customs personnel if not addressed decisively will result to a breakdown of law and order which may consume more lives.
“Nigerian Customs Service should be seriously warned against pursuing alleged smugglers in town. “Similarly, the Nigerian Customs Service should provide aid to the family of the victims, considering the fact that the victims cannot move to pursue for their daily bread.
“We call on the Nigerian Customs Service to continue taking care of the victims until they are fully recovered.
should be paid to the families of the deceased with immediate effect. “We call for the immediate suspension of the activities of Boarder Drill across the state.
“This is not the first time of having issues with the service similar to this, hence there is the need to investigate this matter urgently to avert future occurrences of these extra-judicial killings of innocent Nigerians by men of the Nigerian Customs Service,” he said.
He then urged traditional institution, religious leaders, elders, intellectuals, politicians, professionals, civil servants, youth and students, business men and women, civil society organizations and general public to mobilize to resist the act.
“We, therefore, urge the traditional rulers, religious leaders, elders, intellectuals, the cultured section of our politicians, the professionals, youth and students, business men and women, civil servants, civil society organisations and the general public to mobilize to resist this reckless activities of the men of Nigeria Customs Service for their on personal benefits,” Charanchi stated.
The letter was also copied to the state governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the National Security Adviser, the Director General Security Services and Inspector General of the Nigerian Police among others.