Military truck: Customs, smugglers clash in Ogun
By Udeme Clement
The officers of Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Command have clashed again with smugglers operating in their area of coverage while on official duty.
Financial Business sought audience with the Public Relations Officer of the Command, A. A. Maiwada on what prompted the clash, he explained, “The officers were on routine patrol based on credible intelligence at about 0830hours, trailing a Military truck smuggled into the country illegally and kept at Ebute Community.”
He added, “In an attempt to secure the vehicle, some unscrupulous members of the community mobilised themselves by blocking the access road and started pelting our officers with stones, bottles, cutlasses, sticks and other dangerous weapons.”
He went on, “Considering the implication of such truck to national security, our officers resisted and called for reinforcement to cordon the area for safe evacuation of the truck”.
He pointed out, “Unfortunately, during the encounter, one of the hoodlums was shot at the upper part of his leg (pelvic girdle) and consequently died.”
His assertion, “Meanwhile, normalcy has since returned with the intervention of police and Military personnel. The truck has been taken to Customs House in Abeokuta for further investigation”.
“We wish to commend the patriotic role of our sister Agencies, traditional leaders and some host communities who have always partnered with us in our quest to effectively secure our nation”.