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Boko Haram attacks Customs House in Yobe, kills officer

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Boko Haram attacks Customs House in Yobe, kills officer

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Suspected Boko Haram fighters have attacked a Customs House in Geidam, Geidam Local Government Area, Yobe State, killing one officer, identified as Usman Gombe.

It was learnt that the insurgents stormed the Customs House along Maine Soroa road in a Volkswagen Golf and a Land Rover around 10pm on Saturday and began to shoot.

A security source said, “They struck when they were sure the customs officers had retired home. Panicked by the rain of bullets, the officers scampered for safety, some escaped through the gate, while others scaled the fence.

“Unfortunately, one of the officers, Usman Gombe, was shot dead while attempting to climb the fence.”

He said the attackers also burnt down the Customs patrol van, a generator, and part of the Customs House building.

“This is the second time that the Boko Haram insurgents are killing the customs officers. Last month, an officer Babalola, and his junior officer, were abducted and later killed by the insurgents,” he said.

Residents of the town said the activities of Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirts of Geidam had increased in recent days.

According to a trader, “They collect taxes from farmers and herdsmen a few kilometers from the town and nobody is doing anything.

“Instead, the security operatives have relocated over 17 checkpoints into the town where they also taxed traders that brought goods through the same route. We are in difficult condition in this town.”