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1 Killed, Many Injured As Customs Officers Shoot at Angry Youths in Kebbi

A team of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone B, of the Nigeria Customs Service, Kaduna, operating along Kamba/Bunza road, has shot at protesting youths, killing one and injuring many in the area.

However, a statement by the unit’s Public Relations officer on Thursday, Ma Magaji, said the officers were attacked by the youths after intercepting a vehicle laden with bags of foreign parboiled rice suspected to have been smuggled into the country.

According to the statement, the youths, carrying dangerous weapons, tried to disarm one of the officers.

‘’As a result, a shot was fired, which unfortunately hit one of the youth on his left shoulder.

“The injured youth was immediately rushed to the general hospital Kamba, while some of the officers sustained various degrees of injuries. The injured youth, however, later died in the hospital,” he said.

The angry youths, who later attempted to burn down the Custom barracks in Kamba, were repelled by a combined team of security operatives, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller, Sarkin Kebbi, while sympathizing with the victim’s family, regretted the incident and needless loss of life.

He, however, cautioned the youths to resist the urge for needless confrontation with officers on lawful duty.

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