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Death toll rises to eight as customs blames ‘brake failure’ for Katsina accident

Death toll rises to eight as customs blames ‘brake failure’ for Katsina accident
August 12
00:03 2021

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says the recent accident, which occurred in Jibia LGA of Katsina, was caused by “brake failure”. 

Five persons were confirmed dead on Monday, after a patrol vehicle belonging to the NCS, reportedly lost control and crashed in Jibia LGA.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by Joseph Attah, NCS spokesman, eight fatalities were confirmed.

According to the statement, Hameed Ali, NCS comptroller-general, also condoled with the families of the deceased.

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“The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), and the entire staff of Nigeria Customs Service are deeply saddened by the unfortunate operation accident that resulted in the death of fellow Nigerians and injuries to others,” the statement reads.

“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 (8) fellow Nigerians and injuries to others at the border town of Jibiya, Katsina State.

“Nigeria Customs Service shares in the pains of losing these compatriots and extends heartfelt condolences to the immediate families of the deceased, Government and the people of Katsina State. The Service 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.”

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Attah added that the comptroller-general has ordered an investigation into the incident, “with a view to preventing a reoccurrence of this unfortunate accident in the future”.

“NCS therefore calls on all well-meaning Nigerians to show understanding of the situation and offer words or actions that can help heal those in pains. As a Service, our hearts and prayers go to the families of the bereaved and those in hospitals,” he added.

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