Four Feared Dead, Two Injured As Smugglers, Customs Clash In Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, October 16, 2021

Four Feared Dead, Two Injured As Smugglers, Customs Clash In Ogun

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The Daily Crucible | Published Saturday, October 16, 2021

No fewer than four persons were feared dead, while unspecified numbers of people, including commuters sustained varying degrees of injuries when suspected smuggling syndicate engaged operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in a gun battle on Saturday in Ogun State.

The incident occured at the Kobape village, along the ever busy Abeokuta - Sagamu expressway in Obafemi - Owode Local Government area of the state.

 was allegedly ignited by the suspected smuggling syndicate, who unleashed terror on Customs operatives from the Federal Operation Unit (F.O.U) performing the routine enforcement operation in the area.

Trouble started around 3: pm on Saturday when NCS personnel intercepted conoy of vehicles carrying smuggled items and the smugglers resisted bids by the NCS to arrest some of them.

 It was learnt that in a ensuing commotion, exchange of gun fire followed resulting to casualties on both sides.

 Two operatives were feared dead  while four members of the smuggling syndicate also paid with their lives.

But Theophilus Duniya, the 
Public Relations Officer, FOU Zone A, said Customs patrol team from Federal Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos was attacked without provocation  during an operation along Shagamu Inter-change.
Duniya said the patrol team had intercepted twelve vehicles of different kinds, laden with bags of foreign parboiled rice and were on their way to the government  warehouse before the smugglers mobilized themselves and helped by  the support of their sympathizers, they attacked the team with dangerous weapons.

He added that during the exchange of gun fire, two of the attackers lost their lives and one suspect was arrested while the operatives impounded four out of the 12 vehicles in the convoy of the smugglers.

According to him, the four of them were  laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice.

The arrested suspect and the seizure have been brought to the Unit Headquarters, Ikeja, the Spokesman said.

He quoted the Ag. Controller of the Unit, Hussein K Ejibunu, as  frowning at the avoidable loss of lives due to the unprovoked attack, stressing that Hussein had ordered full scale Investigations into the matter to apprehend other fleeing suspects with their smuggled wares.

He cautioned the youths to eschew violent confrontations with government operatives and be law abiding at all times 

He added that such violent attacks will never deter or threaten customs operatives from carrying out their legitimate duties.

Two of our wounded operatives from the attack are presently receiving treatment in a medical facility.

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