OGUN - One person has been confirmed dead in a clash between the men of Nigeria Customs Service in Ogun state and some suspected smugglers.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that unidentified dead person who was allegedly one of the smugglers was reportedly shot by the Customs officers.
Further reports had it that the Customs Public Relations Officer, Ogun Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada in a press release confirmed the clash.
Maiwada disclosed that the incident occurred on Saturday when the suspected smugglers allegedly unleashed a vicious attack on officers of the Command while on routine anti-smuggling patrol along Aselu and Igua areas of Yewa North local government of the state.
The custom spokesperson explained that the officers came across a convoy of motorcycles ferrying foreign parboiled rice along the bush paths of Aselu and Igua communities.
He further explained that, the smugglers on sighting the Customs officers launched attack on them with assorted dangerous weapons.
He also added that the officers successfully repelled the attack, but one of the smugglers was shot dead and his corpse has since been deposited at the mortuary.
He said, “At about 1300hrs of Saturday, 25/4/2020, Officers and Men of NCS Ogun I Command went on routine anti-smuggling patrol and eventually came across a convoy of motorcycles (popularly known as okada) ferrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice along the bush paths of Aselu and Igua communities, Yewa North LGA in Ogun state.
“The aforementioned smuggling gang having been cought red handed, resorted to unleashing a vicious attack on Officers performing their duties with assorted dangerous weapons.
“The Officers successfully repelled the attack launched by the smugglers and at the end one of the smugglers died and his corpse has since been deposited at mortuary.”
Maiwada however disclosed that the patrol team were able to evacuated 44 bags of rice (50kg each) and two motorcycles abandoned by the smugglers were also seized.
He added, “It is instructive to note that Saturday (25/04/2020) was a date set aside for total lockdown in Ogun state due to the surge of COVID-19 pandemic. However, the daredevil smugglers who have no regards for law of the land or the disease ravaging the global community resorted to crossing the border through illegal routes to perpetrate their nefarious activites in total disregard of the health and economic well being of the country.
“Finally, the Command wishes to reiterate and warn the public against attack on Officers performing their lawful duty as such will leave the Officers with no other alternative than to defend themselves.” (Platform Times)
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