Nigerian Customs Officer Shoots Self Dead In Abuja Residence

An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) serving in the Federal Capital Territory, identified as Abdulwahab Magaji has reportedly committed suicide in Abuja.

It was gathered that the deceased shot himself with a pump-action rifle at his residence located at Binta Street, Farm Estate area, Abuja.

It was also said that Magaji’s family filed a report with the police about his untimely death, forcing policemen to storm the scene of the incident, Daily Trust reports.

According to a family source, when policemen arrived at the site, the victim was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.

The source said, “A family of the deceased had raised the alarm that CSC Abdulahi Abdulwahab Magaji, a customs officer serving in Abuja, shot himself in his house at Farm Centre with a pump-action rifle.

“Police officers dashed to the scene of the incident and took the victim to the hospital, where he was certified dead by the doctor on duty.”

The source added that the body of the deceased had been handed over to the family for burial, according to Islamic rites.

Customs National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, could not be reached for comments at the time of filing this report.

The police authorities in FCT have also not yet issued any official statement on the incident.

Speaking about Magaji’s demise, a friend named Lawan Al-Amin Mohammed, described him as a pillar of strength, source of comfort and guiding light during his lifetime.

Mohammed paid tribute to the late Magaji for his outstanding character and great integrity, adding that he lived a life of purpose.

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He wrote, “But beyond his infectious laughter and boundless optimism, Abdul possessed a rare depth of character and integrity that set him apart. He lived his life with purpose and passion, guided by principles of honesty, compassion and empathy.

“He was more than just a friend; Abdul was a brother, a pillar of strength, a source of comfort and a guiding light in times of darkness. His unwavering support and unconditional love lifted me up when I stumbled, reminding me that I was never alone in my struggles. In his absence, I’m left with a profound sense of loss, a void that can never be filled.

“But as we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the extraordinary life he lived and the countless lives he touched along the way.

“Abdul’s spirit will live on in the memories we hold dear and the lives he forever changed. Let us honour his legacy by embracing the values he held dear and striving to live our lives with the same grace, dignity, and compassion.”

The act of the uniformed men killing themselves has become rampant which might not be unconnected to depression.

In a simliar report, SaharaReporters had reported how a Deputy Commissioner of Police serving with the Force Criminal and Investigation Department, Alagbon, Lagos State, Gbolahan Oyedemi also committed suicide in his private house in his hometown, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

Oyedemi was the Aide de Camp to the late former Governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, during his 11-month tenure as defacto governor in 2006.


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