Aliyu A A, the Assistant Inspector of Customs, drowned while trying to seize suspected smuggled goods.

The Nigerian Customs Service, Western Marine Command made this known in a statement by Idaho Sulaiman,  its Public Relations Officer, on Wednesday.

The agency said the incident occurred about 06.10pm while operatives of the command, Akere Surveillance/Monitoring team under Idiroko Outstation, were acting on reliable information along Vawhe-Isalu creeks.

“The accident resulted to the death of Assistant Inspector of Customs 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 taken to General Hospital Badagry and later deposited at the mortuary, having been confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

He said “The corpse was transported by air on-board MAX air airline to Kano on March 23, on the request of the family of the deceased,”

He said that the deceased, who hailed from Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina was was born on July 10, 1987.

According to him, Aliyu joined the NCS on Oct. 17, 2013 as Customs Assistant II (CAII) and got promoted to the rank of AIC on January 1, 2019.

“At this trying times, the Customs Area Controller, on behalf of the officers/men of the WMC, sympathize with the family of the deceased and pray for the rest  of his soul and also for God to grant the deceased eternal rest,”.