One dies as Customs and smugglers clash in Ogun State
A suspected smuggler was killed during a clash between officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area Command 1, and some smugglers along Aselu and Igua communities in Yewa North LGA.
The customs operatives were said to be on a routine anti-smuggling patrol, where they accosted a convoy of motorcycles ferrying smuggled bags of foreign parboiled rice along the bush paths in the communities.
The smugglers reportedly resort to attacks on the operatives who repelled the attacks, leading to the death of one of the smugglers.
In a statement issued by Spokesman of the Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, he confirmed that one of the suspected smugglers died in the attack, and his remains have been deposited at an unnamed mortuary in the state.
“The arrival of reinforcement teams enabled the evacuation of forty-four bags of rice (50kg each), and two motorcycles abandoned by the smugglers to the Government Warehouse Abeokuta for safekeeping and further investigation”, Maiwada said per Daily Trust.
“It is instructive to note that Saturday was a date set aside for total lockdown in Ogun State due to the surge in Covid-19 pandemic. However, the daredevil smugglers, who have no regard for law of the land or the disease ravaging the global community resorted to crossing the border through illegal routes to perpetuate their nefarious activities in total disregard of the health and economic wellbeing of the country.”