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Six weeks after, Customs officer still missing



Six weeks after, Customs officer still missing

Family members of Customs Assistant 11, Abdulsalam Rasheed, have cried out over lack of information from the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over the fate of their son, who has been missing for about six weeks during a botched operation by the NCS.

Waheed, his younger brother, said Rasheed had gone on an operation with his colleagues on April 14, and in the process of carrying out their official duty, they were attacked by smugglers around Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, shortly after the toll gate. He said: “My brother and his colleagues were attached to the Federal Operations Unit in Lagos. We were told that the team was attacked by smugglers during the operation.

He was the one that drove the Customs official Hilux car which was taken for the operation. In the process, the smugglers overwhelmed the officers and they had to run away. Because my brother was driving the vehicle, he was captured by the smugglers who had blocked the road and taken away.” According to him, several visits to the Federal Operations Unit, his brother’s office on Toyin Street, Lagos, has not yielded any result.

He said: “They kept saying they are working on it, but information we got was that top officials of Customs refused to take action on the day of the incident. “One of the team members told us that several calls made for reinforcement when they were being attacked went unheeded. Even when we visited their office, their lackadaisical attitude to the search for him clearly shows that they know more than what they are telling us. “People should help us ask the Customs Service when they began the search for him.

It was several days after the incident and that was when we started making noise when he did not show up. That was when they formally reported to the police. They did not embark on a search immediately he got missing

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