By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
Authorities from the Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) have stated that it was thugs who attacked their staff in the Kikelomo area of Ayetoro, the headquarters of the Yewa North local government area of Ogun State on Tuesday. while fulfilling their constitutional anti-smuggling duty.
NCS FOU Zone A unit public relations officer DSC Theophilus Duniya, who revealed this in a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, said that three customs officers suffered varying degrees of injuries while one person was hit by a stray bullet during the attack.
The statement read: “At approximately 0800 hours on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, agents in the FOU” A “zone, while fulfilling their legal duty to enforce anti-smuggling laws; acted on intelligence and intercepted six Ford buses loaded with foreign parboiled rice in the Kikelomo area of Ayetoro, Ogun state. “
“Following the interception, some thugs who were armed with dangerous weapons and amulets while working in support of the smugglers quickly mobilized and attacked our officers in their attempt to prevent them from taking the seizure.”
“Three customs agents suffered various injuries from the attack. In the pandemonium that followed, a person was hit by a bullet in the process of resistance. The injured officers are currently receiving treatment at our medical center while a further investigation has been launched to put those responsible for the attack on the books. “
“The acting Comptroller is very concerned about the loss of life and serious injuries inflicted on officers, which was totally avoidable if only young people were patriotic enough to know that officers were only fulfilling their legal duties.”
“He also warned young people to refuse to be used by economic saboteurs to confront Service operatives in the fulfillment of their legitimate duties.”
Duniya said normalcy has since returned to the area thanks to the combined efforts of Nigerian Service and Army officers.
DC Usman Yahaya, while thanking law-abiding citizens for supporting our operations, also warned people with criminal intentions to desist because the officers / men of the Unit are well mobilized, backed by current laws and will remain determined. to enforce the laws. without fear of intimidation ”.