Four officers injured as Ogun Customs clash with smugglers

Rice smugglers attack Customs officers in Ogun

Four personnel of Nigeria Customs Service have been injured in an attack by smugglers in a village near the Idiroko border of Nigeria with Benin Republic.

The Customs officers were injured during a raid on a village following intelligence received that a new Toyota Hilux vehicle smuggled from Benin Republic was hidden in the village.

The Ogun State Customs Comptroller, Sani Madugu, who made this known to newsmen at the Idiroko Border Post, said the smugglers, on sighting the Customs patrol in the village, attacked them with dangerous objects.

In the process, four of the officers were injured and an operational vehicle damaged.

Madugu said the Customs officers, eventually seized the smuggled vehicle.

He said, “We had an intelligence report that a new Toyota Hilux smuggled into the country from the Republic of Benin was being hid in a village along the border route.

“When our operatives got there and they wanted to recover the smuggled vehicle, the smugglers started hurling stones and other dangerous objects at them.

“In the process, four operatives were injured and the operational vehicle was also damaged.

“Two of the operatives are still receiving treatment in the hospital while the other two have been discharged.

“I don’t want to mention the name of the village because investigation is still on. We will get all those who were involved.”

Madugu also said within one week, 1,479 bags of rice, 78 kegs of 25 litres of vegetable oil and nine vehicles used as the means of conveyance, were also seized.

He said the duty payable on all the seized vehicles was N84.06m.

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