*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Men of the Nigerian Customs Service were allegedly to have shot at commissioner’s entourage in Katsina state.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng gathered that Officers of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), shot at the official vehicle of the Katsina state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Alhaji Yau Umar Gwajo Gwajo.
According to a sources who revealed that the commissioner’s entourage was attacked on his way from his home town Mai’adua to Katsina.
The development according to an eyewitness, Basiru Usman, said the commissioner was attacked by the customs officers a few kilometers from the state capital.
“He was attacked immediately after Muduru village. People within the vicinity started scampering for safety as the shooting began, thinking it was a bandits attack”.
The source added that, the vehicle in which the commissioner was riding was not even speeding and wondered why the attack by the customs officers.
Customs officers at the scene of the incident In a chat with the spokesman of the ministry, Abdurahman Sama’ila, confirmed the incident, but didn’t give much details.
Sama’ila said, “Several shots intended at the commissioner’s vehicle, only succeeded in piercing through the Hilux van and another vehicle in the entourage and hitting no one”.
“The appropriate authorities have been informed of the development, while we await governments’ next line of action”, he said.
The attack is coming barely a month when some officers of the service killed six people and wounded several others in Jibia town.
It would be recalled that, Governor Aminu Bello Masari during the visit of a high-powered delegation from the customs headquarters over the incident in Jibia, lambasted the service for their impunity in carrying out their duty.
As at the time of filling this reports, this is no official statement from the NCS as regards the attack.