Nigeria Customs Service has warned smugglers in Ogun state to stop engaging its personnel on operational duty in gun battle.
Henceforth, the new comptroller in the state, Sani Madugu, warned that, it will be fire-for-fire, if the smugglers attack Customs personnel, who intercept them.
Madugu, speaking while addressing newsmen at the Idiroko border post of the command, on seizure made by Customs operatives, said the command has discovered that rice is now being smuggled from Benin Republic into Nigeria, through the creek in the Ipokia axis of the state.
The smugglers, according to him, are using small canoes to bring in smuggled rice and other contraband, into the country.
In the past three weeks, the comptroller said, 483 bags of 50 kilogramme of rice were seized from smugglers, in the canal.
He said, “We have discovered one of the new methods of smuggling bags of rice and other prohibited products into Nigeria through Idiroko, is through the creeks in Ipokia.
“The smugglers now use small, small canoes to bring in the bags of rice. They were not aware that we had mounted surveillance there, as they were bringing in the consignments, our operatives swooped on them. In the last three weeks, we have made seizure of 483 of 50kg bags of rice.
“Also, we also intercepted along Idiroko axis two buses with number plates AKD, 674 XU and KJA 635 XU, carrying 721 cartons of croaker fish. Two exotic cars, Mercedes Benz S-class 2015 model, Toyota corolla 2009 model and one Volvo truck.”
The Ogun Customs boss, who took over the command on 25th April 2017, explained that the command has mounted a three-pronged strategy of mounting surveillance on the roads, illegal bush routes and creeks.