Nigeria: Don't Let Boko Haram Kill Our Son, Family of Abducted Officer Begs Customs CG

25 February 2021

The family of a Deputy Superintendent of Customs (DSC), Jimoh Folowosele, suspected to have been abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, has appealed to the Comptroller -General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali, not to allow their son die in captivity.

At a press conference in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on Thursday, the family accused the Customs of not showing enough interest to get their son out of captivity.

Folowosele, an indigene of Aramoko Ekiti, in Ekiti West Local Government area of Ekiti, was said to have been abducted while on official duty in Geidam, a border town in Yobe State.

He was said to have been abducted alongside two of his colleagues and has been in captivity since February 9, 2021.

Idowu Folowosele, the victim's brother, said the family has been thrown to confusion, appealing to the Customs authorities to speed up action that would lead to his release.

"It is now exactly two weeks that we received the sad news of the abduction of our brother, Jimoh Folowosele, a Deputy Superintendent of Customs in Yobe State, and up till now, we have not received any official correspondence from the Customs. Yes, NCS admitted that he was kidnapped but since then, mute has been the word," he said.

Idowu, who said the situation has thrown DSP Folowosele's wife and children into distress, called on Col. A. Ali, to use his good office to assist the family by intervening as soon as possible.

"We have always known Col. Ali as an upright and committed Nigerian who values the lives of his officers and we are using this opportunity to call on him to wade in by interacting with law enforcement agencies and other relevant authorities to establish contact with the bandits to see to the release of the officers. In the same manner, we are also appealing to other well-meaning Nigerians to help us appeal to the kidnappers to release our brother."

"There is no doubt the fact that issues related to kidnapping are sensitive and require strategic approach but even at that, it is important that the NCS is in touch with the immediate family of the victim to lessen the burden and trauma they might be going through.

"In the last 10 days, all his loved ones, especially wife and children have been experiencing sleepless night simply because nobody can hold on to anything that suggests if any plan is being made to secure our Mr. Folowosele's release.

"For God's sake, this is an abduction that had created crisis in the family. The NCS leadership must not leave any stone unturned to address it. The people abducted were three and NCS shouldn't be lackadaisical in its action," he said.

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