NIGERIA Customs Service has said it will conduct an investigation into the accident that led to the killing of six people in Jibia, Katsina State.
Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the accident involving an operational vehicle of the organization, which killed six people at the border town of Jibia, Kastina State, on Monday.
Customs Spokesperson, Joseph Attah, said it was an unfortunate operational accident caused by brake failure.
While conveying the Comptroller-General’s message, Attah all injured persons would receive the best medical attention.
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 brake failure, resulting in the death of eight fellow Nigerians and injuries to others at the border town of Jibiya, Katsina State.
“Nigeria Customs Service extends heartfelt condolences to the immediate families of the deceased, the government, and the people of Katsina State. NCS is doing all it takes to get the best treatment possible for the injured and will do what it can to ameliorate the pains of those who lost their loved ones.
“Even though human actions cannot always keep society accident-free, the CGC has already directed a holistic investigation into the incident with a view to preventing a recurrence of this unfortunate accident in the future.”
Many well-meaning Nigerians including traditional rulers and members of the National Assembly have called on Ali to stop the unwarranted killing of unarmed citizens in the southwest but the Comptroller-General has refused to heed the calls.
Prime Business Africa had earlier reported the incident when it happened on Monday stating that six people died immediately while about 30 were injured .
The Katsina State house of Assembly had written through the clerk to the state government requesting that border drill team be banned in the state.