The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has confirmed the deaths of three officers as a result of a gunman attack at a checkpoint along the Port Harcourt-Owerri road in Rivers state’s Ikwerre LGA.
Customs spokesman Joseph Attah confirmed the officers’ deaths to TheCable on Sunday.
“It is unfortunate that three officers were killed in the attack. That is a risk of the job,” he explained.
On Saturday night, gunmen attacked two checkpoints, one for the NCS and the other for officers from the Joint Task Force.
During the attack, the gunmen reportedly carted away the security operatives’ weapons.
Nnamdi Omoni, a police spokesman in Rivers, confirmed the attacks to TheCable earlier, but said the command has yet to determine the number of people killed in the incident.
Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike described the attacks as unjustified and callous, saying there is no justification for the killings.
“We condemn this heinous act, share the grief of the security agencies, and convey our sincere condolences,” the governor had said in a statement issued on Sunday.
Wike also demanded the arrest of the attackers, stating that those responsible would not go unpunished.