The Comptroller General of Customs has expressed displeasure over the reaction of some main stream media on the recent killing of three officers and many who sustained deadly injuries.
According to a Press Release by the National Spokesperson of the Service, Compt. Joseph Attah, many outspoken media outfits deliberately toned down the report about the gallant officers that were killed by the heartless smugglers.
“There appears to be a conspiracy of silence concerning the deaths of Customs anti smuggling operatives.
“In no distant past, we heard loud voices criticising NCS about injuries and purported killings of some Nigerians in clear cases of violence against Officers performing their legitimate duties.
“Those voices seem no longer loud in condemning the murder of Customs Officers.
The Service within October 2021, lost 3 operatives with many sustaining serious injuries.
“Premised on trump up charges of “invasion and burning of houses at a village” some supposedly responsible individuals are going to town with write ups that sweeps officers deaths under the carpet while dwelling on an allegation that has been debunked by the NCS with verifiable evidences.
“Nigerians must rise against smugglers’ increasing tendency to resort to violence to pull through their criminal acts. Those who support criminality by either physically attacking Officers or pushing narratives that strengthen smugglers are enemies of state and should be seen as such, no matter their claim of “defending fellow Citizens”.
“We refuse to be intimidated by these merchants of violence. We remain focused on the job of ensuring that NOTHING that is capable of compromising National security and economy is allowed entry or exit.
“NCS therefore urges well meaning Nigerians not to be distracted by this selective “concern” for human life and continue to support the Service to serve the Country better”.
Compt. Joseph Attah
Customs Public Relations Officer.
For Comptroller General of Customs.