Could it be depression? That is the question on the lips of virtually every Nigerian as they react to this tragic story of Abdulwahab Magaji, an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The deceased served in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Depression? How Abuja Customs Officer Shot Himself With Pump-action Rifle
Abdulwahab Magaji

Up until this very moment, Nigerians cannot help but wonder, what would have made Magaji take his own life?

You see, Magaji shot himself dead himself with a pump-action rifle at his residence located at Binta Street, Farm Estate area, Abuja.

The Report

His family lodged a report about his tragic death to the police, and in a twinkle of an eye, police officers flooded the scene of the incident.

A family source spoke with journalists.


According to the source, when the police arrived at the scene, the victim was rushed to a hospital.

There, he was confirmed dead.

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

The Alarm

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.”

Speaking about Magaji’s demise, a friend named Lawan Al-Amin Mohammed described him as a pillar of strength.


He added that Magaji was a source of comfort and a 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.

Infectious Laughter

He wrote: But beyond his infectious laughter and boundless optimism, Abdul possessed a rare depth of character and integrity that set him apart.

Magaji 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.

 Extraordinary Life

“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.”

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However, at the time of filing this report, the Customs National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, and the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, are yet to comment on the tragic incident.


Indeed, depression is real.

Oftentimes we ask people, how are you? And they reply, “I am fine”, but of a truth, they are not fine.

If you have read this article, then do well to check up on your loved ones and friends.

Engage people in healthy conversations that will boost their morale.


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