Reps Urge Customs To Curb Accidental Deaths At Border Towns

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The House of Representatives, on Tuesday urged the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), to curb accidents leading to death of some residents in Gaga, Wurno, Tangaza, Wammako and Kware border towns in Sokoto State.

The House also directed its Committee on Customs to conduct holistic investigations into the matter and report back to the House within two weeks for further legislative action.

This followed a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance sponsored by Rep. Abdullahi Salame (Sokoto-APC), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.

According to Salame, the customs men have caused a lot of serious accidents in various towns and villages in the area when they pursue vehicles suspected to be carrying smuggled goods.

“This has led to the loss of many lives and property in the border towns,” he said.

The lawmaker said that since the beginning of these incidents, there had not been an investigation and compensation to the victims’ families.

He said that if the killings did not stop, it may likely lead to break down of law and order in the affected areas.

The House, therefore, directed that unnecessary road blockade by security agencies should be dismantled because it had become a channel for the exploitation of Nigerians. (NAN)

 

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