Smugglers attacked Customs in Ogun State *Killed one person, injured 3 Officers on duty

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Smugglers attacked Customs in Ogun State

*Killed one person, injured 3 Officers on duty

(By Udeme Clement):

The CAC :

The dare-devil smugglers operating in Ogun State, have violently attacked Customs Officers on duty, killing one unidentified person at the scene and leaving three Officers with injuries.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Federal Operations Unit FOU zone ‘A’, of Nigeria Customs Service,
DSC Theophilus Duniya, made this disclosure.

He revealed that the three affected Officers are operatives of FOU zone ‘A’ Lagos, who were on official duty, when the smugglers mobilised hoodlums against them.

His words, “For the umpteenth time, some Customs officers serving in the Federal Operations Unit Zone A of Nigeria Customs Service, suffered an attack by hoodlums working with smugglers.

“At about 800 hours of Tuesday 22nd December, 2020. Officers of FOU Zone ‘A’, while carrying out their statutory duty of enforcing anti-smuggling laws; acted on intelligence and intercepted six Ford buses laden with foreign parboiled rice, at Kikelomo area of Ayetoro – Ogun State.

” Upon the interception, some hoodlums who were armed with dangerous weapons and charms while working in support of smugglers swiftly mobilised themselves and attacked our officers in a bid to prevent the seized items from being taken away.”

He informed, “Three Customs officers sustained various degrees of injuries from the attack.

” In the pandemonium that ensued, one person was hit by a bullet in the process of resistance.

“The wounded officers are currently receiving treatment at our medical facility while further investigation into bringing the perpetrators of the attack to book has commenced.”

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Unit, DC Usman Yahaya, is deeply concerned about the loss of live and injuries inflicted on the officers, which would have been avoided, if only the youths were patriotic enough to know that the officers were just performing their lawful duties.

The CAC cautioned youths to reject being used by economic saboteurs to confront operatives of the Service from carrying out their lawful duties.

However, normalcy has since returned to the area through combined efforts of officers of the Service and Nigerian Army.

DC Usman Yahaya, while thanking the law abiding citizens for supporting Customs operations, also warned people with criminal intentions to immediately desist from such because officers/men of the Unit are well mobilised, backed up by the extant laws and shall remain resolute at enforcing the laws without fear of intimidation.

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