Katsina state Command of the Nigerian Customs Service has confi rmed the killing of two of its offi cers by suspected armed robbers. Spokesman of the Command, Peter Duniya, who confi rmed the killing in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Katsina yesterday, said the offi cers were killed on July 30 while on duty. He said the offi cers were shot dead by people, suspected to be armed robbers on Daura Road in Katsina. Duniya said the offi cers were on routine patrol at Dogon-Hawa Community, near Shargalle Village in the Dutsi local government area of the state when they met their fate.
Th e spokesperson named the dead offi cers as Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Babandi Nuradeen, and Chief Superintendent of Customs, Maidama Yabo. “Th e command has already commenced investigation into the circumstance that led to the shootings of the offi cers,” he said. Duniya said the Command had deployed offi cers from the intelligence unit of the customs to unravel the reason for the killing. A NAN correspondent in Katsina reports that the state had been witnessing series of armed robbery attacks in recent times. It would be recalled that security agents had recently smashed a gang of cattle rustlers, who had been terrorising herdsmen in the state.