How I Escaped Death From Ogun Diehard Smugglers - Johnson, Customs Officer - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, May 11, 2020

How I Escaped Death From Ogun Diehard Smugglers - Johnson, Customs Officer

                             • Johnson

From Babalola Gafar, Abeokuta

Encountering a surfeit of hostilities from suspected smugglers of contraband goods at any of the multiple treacherous routes in Ogun State border communities charted by these economic saboteurs to hide and escape with  smuggled items from the prying eyes of the border patrol security agents, particularly, Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is not strange to Chidi Johnson, an Assistant Superintendent, NCS, Ogun Area 1 Command, but the latest hostile encounter on  May 8 is such that would neither be forgotten by him nor the Command.

On that fateful day while returning from a routine patrol duty in one of the border communities along with his colleagues, suspected band of fierce smugglers who accosted the team at Ilashe village in Ipokia Local Government Area of the state, almost succeeded in hurrying Johnson out of the world to meet with his Maker, but providence snatched him from the jaw of gruesome death by the whiskers when the smugglers launched a brutal attack on them.

In process, the attackers inflicted life threatening machete cuts on Johnson. Five persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The wounded Officer who is still in pain and shock at an undisclosed hospital for treatment following his close shave with death in the hands of hostile  smugglers, narrated the experience through the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Abdullahi Maiwada.

Maiwada said Johnson and his colleague -  Customs officers were attacked by suspected smugglers when they went on information patrol at Ilashe village in Ipokia Local Government Area of the State, to intercept some smuggled items and  were accosted by the smugglers on their way out of the village.

The Command's Spokesperson said that during the operation, the officer intercepted 35 bags of smuggled rice of 50kg each being transported in convoys of motorcycles.

He said further that on their way out of the area, the  smugglers mobilised themselves in large numbers, and launched attacks with assorted weapons on the officers and inflicted deep machete cuts on Johnson.

According to Maiwada in a release obtained by The Daily Crucible, Johnson was brutally inflicted with machete cuts while attempting  to repel the attackers and avoid blood shed on the officers, but he was overpowered by them, leaving him with life threatening cuts on his body.

Maiwada said: "At about 1930hours on Friday 8th May, 2020, Officers and Men of Nigeria Customs Service Ogun I Command went on information patrol to Ilashe village in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun state.

"During operation, they Intercepted thirty-five (35) bags of smuggled parboiled rice of 50kg each ferried by a convoy of motorcyclists (popularly known as okada).

"On their way out of the area, the diehard smugglers mobilised themselves in an overwhelming number,  launching a vicious attack with assorted  weapons on Officers performing their lawful duties.

"In an effort to repel the attack and avoid blood shed, one officer of the Customs, Assistant Superintendent Chidi Johnson was brutally matcheted, sustaining deep cuts in various parts of his body.

"The seriously wounded Officer was immediately rushed to the hospital for medical attention, and luckily he is responding to treatment. To this end, five suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently undergoing interrogation."

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