- Arrests one suspect
(Report by Udeme Clement):
The Ogun -1 Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is trailing suspected smugglers, who attacked and opened fire on Customs operatives while on official duty at Oja-Odan, Yewa North of Ogun State.
Our Correspondent gathered that one suspect had already been arrested, while Investigation is on-going to track other culprits.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command, DSC Hammed Bukoye Oloyede,
who spoke on behalf of the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Peter Kolo, confirmed the incident.
His explanation :
“At about 0200hours, on May 6, 2021, Officers and Men of Ogun I Command, Military personnel were on information patrol to Oja-Odan, Yewa North of Ogun State.
“Based on credible intelligence, the patrol team intercepted about Three Hundred and Twenty (320) bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each), out of the large quantities stockpiled in a building around the area”.
He pointed out: “During evacuation of the seized rice, some die-hard smugglers aided by unscrupulous elements and hoodlums in their numbers, armed with dangerous weapons attacked the patrol team and opened fire on the officers.
‘ Unfortunately, four Customs Operatives, one Soldier and Five civilians assisting in evacuation sustained gunshot injuries.
“They were immediately rushed to the hospital for proper medical attention and are currently responding to treatment”.
He added: “The patrol team repressed the attack by gunning down two (2) of the hoodlums and left others with gunshot injuries.
“The patrol team succeeded in evacuating the aforementioned items, arrested one suspect identified as Mr Taiye Kujo and seized six Motorcycles used by the smugglers. The seized items were all conveyed to Customs House at Idiroko.”
His words: “Investigation is on-going to fish out more perpetrators of such barbaric act.”
However, Comptroller Kolo assured the public that the renewed hostilities by armed smugglers will not deter the Officers and Men from discharging their statutory responsibilities.
He further appealed to the Traditional Rulers and community leaders to warn their subjects to desist from smuggling activities and attack on security operatives, as anyone caught shall be made to face the wrath of the law.
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