Nigeria: Rice smugglers kill customs officer, injure another in Ogun
London, Jan. 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Suspected rice smugglers on Sunday killed one officer of the Nigeria Customs Service attached to Ogun State Command. Another sustained serious machete cuts when their patrol vehicle was ambushed and attacked
A statement issued on Monday by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, Abdullahi Aliyu Maiwada, revealed that the two officers had intercepted eight reconstructed vehicles fully loaded with smuggled bags of rice, kept in a hideout at Asero community, in Odeda Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, during the encounter, a Customs Assistant, Hamisu Sani, died of serious injuries, while Inspector of Customs, Tijani John Michel, barely escaped with serious machete cuts.
While the fallen officer has since been buried according Islamic rites, the injured inspector is responding to treatment in hospital.
Meanwhile, two suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the incident.
Also the eight vehicles loaded with the smuggled rice have been taken to Customs House in Abeokuta for further investigation.
Maiwada in the statement said, “While we commend the patriotic role of our sister agencies and law-abiding citizens, we wish to categorically state that we will deploy all necessary apparatus to ensure that the perpetrators of this devilish act are brought to book to face the full wrath of the law.
“Finally, the re occurrence of such form of hostilities and intimidation by smugglers and their accomplice on our officers and men will never distract us from vigorously discharging our statutory function