Senate probes abuse of firearms by Customs operatives

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The Senate has begun a probe into the indiscriminate use of firearms by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) resulting in alleged killings of Nigerians in land borders and checkpoints across the country.

The upper legislative chamber set up an 11-member Ad-hoc Committee to carry out a “holistic investigation” into the matter and report back in six weeks. The Committee has a retired Customs officer turned Senator, Francis Fadahunsi, as Chairman.

Members of the Committee include Senators Shuaibu Lau, Kawu Sumaila, Tony Nwoye, Umar Sadiq, Akpan Samson and Solomon Adeola. Others are Abdulaziz Yar’adua,Olajide Emmanuel, Mohammed Muntari and Napoleon Bali.

The lawmakers urged the management of the NCS to fish out the erring officers and investigate the incident that led them to open fire on unarmed civilians.

The resolutions were sequel to a motion titled “Urgent need to investigate  the abuse of firearms by officers of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Kastina State” sponsored by Abdulaziz Yar’adua.

Some senators including Ahmed Lawan, Olamilekan Adeola, Abdulaziz Yari and others who spoke in support of the motion, said the red chamber must take the matter seriously as the killings had been recurring.

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