One killed as Customs, smugglers clash in Ogun

One killed as Customs, smugglers clash in Ogun

There has been a shoot-out between suspected smugglers and a Customs patrol team, at the Sango Otta toll gate in Ogun state.

One of the suspected smugglers died during the exchange of gunfire.

The fighting started after the custom officers intercepted contraband, including rice and  frozen chicken, smuggled from Benin Republic.

Following the death of one of the suspected smugglers, a Customs patrol vehicle was set ablaze and some of the customs officers were injured by people, who went on rampage.

Spokesman of the Ogun State Customs Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, said the intercepted smugglers were conveying 45 bags of smuggled rice and 28 cartons of frozen turkey from Benin Republic.

He said the vehicles conveying the contraband were a Mazda car, with number plate, KTU 504 AL, and an unregistered Volkswagen Passat.

He said, “Our operatives had intercepted two vehicles conveying the contraband – a Mazda, with number plate, KTU 504 AL, which conveyed 45 bags of smuggled rice; the other car was an unregistered Volkswagen Passat, which conveyed 258 cartons of poultry product.

“It was while our operatives were taking the seized goods to a government warehouse in Ikeja that hoodlums attacked them around the Tollgate area in Sango-Ota. Our officers had to save their lives and protect the seized contraband. It was during the ensuing clash that one of the hoodlums was shot dead.”

Maiwada said following the clash, hoodlums who were irked by the killing of the victim, stormed the Customs checkpoint at Atan, along Sango-Idi Iroko Road, and destroyed about five vehicles.

The mob, according to him, also destroyed the Customs post, at Atan.

Spokesman of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said police had restored order in the area.

He said, “The clash occurred this morning (Tuesday) between smugglers and the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit. Ikeja, at the Tollgate end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and one of the smugglers was killed in the clash.

“Policemen from the Sango-Ota Police Station in Ogun State and Alagbado Police Division in Lagos State, were deployed in the area to restore law and order.”

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