Again : Smugglers attack Customs Officers at Badagry-Seme road
* As 3 Officers escape with gunshot injuries
(Report by Udeme Clement):
The incessant attacks on Customs Officers by smugglers operating within the border communities is indeed alarming.
Our Correspondent gathered that Customs Officers attached to Federal operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, were violently attacked by die-hard smugglers while on official duty.
This is happening just few days after three Officers and a Military personnel from the same Customs Unit narrowly escaped death from smugglers attack.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the Unit, DSC Theophilus Duniya, explained :
“At about 500 hours, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the dare-devil smugglers attacked a patrol team of Officers of FOU, Unit Zone ‘A’, who were on lawful duty.
“The Officers, who were on routine patrol intercepted vehicles fully loaded with smuggled poultry products, as well as used vehicles, commonly known as tokunbo, along Aradagun end of Badagry- Seme expressway.
“Our Officers after interception and attempt to evacuate the smuggled items to the office, were attacked by hoodlums mobilised by smugglers.
“The attackers used dangerous weapons and assault rifles.
“There was exchange of fire; and three of our officers sustained various degrees of injuries, perhaps among the hoodlums as well.
“The Officers were able to successfully evacuate seized items to the Unit’s Headquarters at Ikeja, while those injured are currently receiving treatment.
“The Acting Controller of the Unit, DC Usman Yahaya, has directed intelligence Unit of the Service to commence investigation into the attack with the aim of apprehending the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.
“Community leaders and parents are hereby, enjoined to enlighten their wards on the criminality of obstructing Officers on lawful duty.
“Officers and men of the Unit shall remain resolute at enforcing the law.
“We are better equipped and determined with high morale to enforce the fiscal policies of government, no matter who is involved.”