Petrol smugglers attack Customs at Seme border
*Injures 2 persons
By Udeme Clement :
The report reaching us reveals that operatives of Seme Border Area Command have been attacked by petrol smugglers in the area.
The attack took place at the Beach side of carpenters village within Seme Border.
The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the Command, Mr HUSSAINI ABDULLAHI, disclosed this to reporters.
His explanation below :
“On Friday, July 3, 2020, at about 17:00 hours, a joint patrol team of Seme Area Command based on credible intelligence went on an operation along Seme Carpenters Village and identified a hideout used by some unpatriotic elements to store Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), for unward smuggling to neighbouring Benin Republic.
“In effort to evacuate the said item from the scene, some unscrupulous elements launched a vicious attack against our officers. The smugglers aggressively advanced towards the scene of the seizure with dangerous weapons, in attempt to set the place ablaze.
“Considering the volatility of the seized item involved and the fact that all efforts to halt the mob from advancing towards the scene proved abortive, officers were left with no option than to use their firearms, in order to defend themselves and avoid envisaged catastrophe.
“However, verifiable information later recieved indicated that two innocent young boys were injured by stray bullets. (One Adomeh Henry, 10 years and Hunsu Taiwo 12 years)”.
He went on, “In veiw of the above development and the utmost priority by the Command to always protect and respect the sanctity of human lives/safety in every operation, the injured fellows were immediately rushed to Customs Clinic for proper medical treatment.
“Fortunately, the result came out with no major damage. That gave room for prompt treatment of the patients at Customs facility and they were consequently discharged based strictly on medical advice.”
He stressed “On this note, the Command wishes to register its unreserved displeasure with this unfortunate incident.
“As a responsible and responsive Service, we are working round the clock to partner with families of the victims, by providing necessary support to cushion the effect of this tragedy.”
He emphasised, “The renewed hostility by smugglers and their accomplices will never deter us from discharging our statutory responsibilities.
“On the other hand, the dare-devil smugglers will continue to meet their Waterloo, with no breathing space in Seme Area Command”.