Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), the CG of Customs.
Story by Dili Utomi.
A young officer with the Nigeria Customs Service has died in the course of doing his job. He is AIC Aliyu AA of the Idi-Iroko outstation of the Western Marine Command. It will be recalled that this reporter got a wind of the unfortunate incident on Tuesday and promptly relayed the news through a few WhatsApp messages while praying for the soul of the young departed officer. In an official statement by the public relations officer of the Command Isa Suleiman, he stated.
“On Monday, 22 March 2021 at about 1810hrs; our operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service Western Marine Command (WMC), Akere Surveillance/Monitoring team under Idiroko Outstation led by Inspector of Customs (IC) Ajayi AS with official patrol boat registration number CPM 191 acting on credible information along Vawhe-Isalu creeks had a boat mishap while trying to intercept a boat suspected to be carrying smuggled items.
The accident resulted to the death of Assistant Inspector of Customs (AIC) Aliyu AA by drowning.
The body of the deceased was found underneath the river with the assistance of villagers around the axis.
The body was taking to General Hospital Badagry and later deposited at the mortuary having certified him dead by the doctor on call.
The corpse was transported by air on-board MAX air airline to Kano yesterday 23 March 2021 on the request of the family of the deceased.
AIC Aliyu AA hailed from Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State. He was born on the 10 July 1987. He joined the Nigeria Customs Service on the 17 October 2013 as Customs Assistant II (CAII) and got promoted to the rank of AIC on 1 January 2019.
AIC Aliyu AA died on the 22 March 2021 while on active service and he will be buried today 24 March 2021 in his hometown Funtua Area of Katsina state by 1000hrs according to Islamic rites.
At these trying times, the Customs Area Controller on behalf of the Officers/Men of the WMC commiserate with the family of the deceased and pray for the repose of his soul and also for God to grant the deceased eternal rest”.