Customs Repels Attack On Facility In Geidam
…Mourns As One Pays The Supreme Price
BY FUNMI ALUKO
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Yobe Area Command has said its officers stoutly resisted attempted by Boko Haram insurgents attack on its facility in Geidam Town, while lamenting that the devilish attack however resulted the death of an officer, ASC II Ahmed Usman.
According to a release by the Customs National Public Relations Officer, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR while condoling the family of the fallen officer, described him as a hero, even as he praised the valour of the officers of the command for fearlessly repelling the insurgents.
The statement reads: “In a valiant stand against suspected Boko Haram insurgents, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), with timely reinforcement from the Nigerian Army, thwarted an attack on the Customs Office in Geidam town, Yobe State, demonstrating unwavering courage and resilience against the enemies of the state.
“The Customs Office faced a formidable threat but was bravely defended, safeguarding the facility and the families of fellow officers and men. During this harrowing encounter, Assistant Superintendent of Customs II Ahmed Usman, born on April 2, 1983, and a dedicated NCS member since February 24, 2009, tragically paid the ultimate sacrifice. He hailed from Pindiga Town, Akko Local Government Area in Gombe State, leaving behind a grieving wife and five children, three boys and two girls.
”The Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, alongside the entire NCS fraternity, extends heartfelt condolences to the family of ASC II Ahmed Usman, the NCS Borno/Yobe Area Command, and the Government of Gombe State for the loss of this heroic and devoted individual in the line of duty.”
The CGC also thanked the state government, the Nigerian Army and other sister security agencies for their robust and continued partnership and support for the customs in time of need; vowing not to abdicate its responsibilities under whatever situation.
“Furthermore, the CGC expressed gratitude for the unwavering solidarity and cooperation extended to the NCS by the Nigerian Army, Sister Agencies, and the good people of Yobe State under the leadership of His Excellency Mai Mala Buni, the Executive Governor.
“He emphasized the crucial role of community engagement in the shared pursuit of safety and security, urging all citizens to contribute to these collective endeavors actively. In memory of ASC II Ahmed Usman and the face of adversity, the Nigeria Customs Service stands strong, resolute, and united, ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s borders.”