Again: Smugglers attack Customs in Ogun State
*Shatters patrol vehicle with bullets
*We are battle-ready for economic saboteurs- Says Compt Agbara
By Udeme Clement:
Incessant attacks on Customs officers carrying out their statutory functions in Nigeria, especially at the border communities are indeed alarming.
Our correspondent gathered that smugglers operating within Idiroko axis of Ogun State, had again attacked operatives of Ogun -1 Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, while on duty, even as their patrol vehicle was shattered with bullets at the scene.
This violent attack on Ogun Customs is coming only few days, after a young officer with border drill team in Oyo/Osun axis, was killed by smugglers while on official assignment.
Speaking, the Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSC, HAMMED BUKOYE OLOYEDE, disclosed that the incident took place at UKERE VILLAGE, YEWA local government area of Ogun State.
His assertions, “On Tuesday, 1st September, 2020 at about 1545hours, Officers and Men of Nigeria Customs Service Ogun- 1 Command, Crack team went on information patrol to Ukere village in Yewa North Local Government Area, Ogun State.
“They succeeded in Intercepting Twenty eight (28) bags of 50kg each of foreign parboiled rice smuggled with motorcycles.
“On their way out of the area of arrest, some unscrupulous elements suspected to be die-hard smugglers in their numbers shot sporadically at Officers, threw broken bottles and also attacked with axes.
“Our officers repelled the attacks and managed their way out of the area.
” Unfortunately, one patriotic youth who assisted the team in evacuation of the seized items was hit by broken bottles and was immediately rushed to the hospital, where he received medical attention.
“One of our official vehicles was equally pelted with bullets”.
He informed, “The team succeeded in conveying the aforementioned items to Government Warehouse for safe keeping. Investigation is on-going to track the perpetrators of this barbaric act.”
Consequently, the Customs Area Controller of Ogun- 1 Command, Compt Ojobo Michael Agbara, who remains focused and resilient in anti-smuggling operations, says his Command is battle-ready for economic saboteurs working against the government.
Compt Agbara assured members of the public that the renewed hostilities by armed smugglers will not in any way deter his Officers from discharging their legitimate duties.
He appealled to parents and guardians to warn their wards against being used by dare-devil smugglers, as anyone caught in any nefarious activity will face the full wrath of the law.