Two rice smugglers were shot dead by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Saturday after an exchange of gunfire.
Another smuggler was arrested.
The showdown happened at Shagamu Interchange on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, after a patrol team from Federal Operations Unit Zone A, intercepted 12 vehicles.
All were loaded with bags of parboiled foreign rice.
According to acting Controller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu, the customs men were on their way to the government warehouse before the smugglers mobilised themselves with the support of others and attacked the team with dangerous weapons.
One of the vehicles damaged by the smugglers
“During the exchange of gunfire, two of the attackers lost their lives and one suspect was arrested.
“Out of 12 vehicles in the convoy of the smugglers, our operatives were able to leave with four of them laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice.
“The arrested suspect and the seizure have been brought to the Unit Headquarters, Ikeja,” he said.
Ejibunu frowned at the avoidable loss of lives due to the unprovoked attack and ordered full-scale investigations into the matter to apprehend other fleeing suspects with their smuggled wares.
He cautioned members of the public to eschew violent confrontations with government operatives and be law abiding at all times
“Such violent attacks will never deter or threaten customs operatives from carrying out their legitimate duties,” he said.
He said that two operatives of customs wounded in the attack were receiving treatment in a medical facility
- How Ovie Omo-Agege Was Sent To Rig Me Out Of Osun Guber Race In 2018 – Lasun Yusuff
- APC Didn’t Win 2018 Guber Election In Osun – Lasun Yussuf Alleges, Says Nobody Can Stop His 2022 Gov Ambition
- ‘APC Did Not Win 2018 Governorship Election In Osun’ – Gov aspirant, Lasun Yusuf
- APC Elders Caucus Member, Lasun Yusuf Confirms 2018 Rigging In Favour Of The Party
- Akin Ogunbiyi Bags OAU Distinguished Alumnus Award
News5 days ago
How Ife LG Workers Buried OAU MBA Student On Police Directive – Lawyer
News4 days ago
Olufon Stool: Why Odunolu Ruling House Cannot Produce The New King – Oluyeyin Ruling House
News4 days ago
Tragedy As FEDPOFFA Lecturer Slumps, Dies
News3 days ago
Akure North/South By-Election: Group Seeks Support For Adesida’s Reps Ambition