One of the officers of Nigeria Customs Service has been declared dead and another currently hospitalized after they raid smugglers’ hideout in Ogun.
According to reports, Anti-smuggling operatives of the Command, while on routine patrol, at about 2:30 am on Sunday, January 6, 2018, stormed a hideout in Asero, Abeokuta, Southwest Nigeria, where eight vehicles, fully loaded with rice, were kept.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abdullahi Aliyu Maiwada in a press release said;
“In an attempt to lawfully secure the said items, the smugglers and their accomplices ambushed the officers in a deadly-like manner”.
“one of the officers, a Customs Assistant I, Hamisu Sani, sustained grievous injuries and paid the supreme price (died) in active service. He has since been buried according Islamic rites. Also, an Inspector of Customs, Tijani John Michel, sustained serious machete cut but is responding to treatment in the hospital”.
Going further, he stated that two suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the incident, while the object of crisis, the eight rice-laden vehicles have been secured at the Customs House, Abeokuta, for further investigation.
“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 perpetrators of this devilish act are brought to book to face the full wrath of the law”
He concluded that reoccurrence of such form of hostilities and intimidation by smugglers and their accomplices on officers and men would never distract the Command from energetically discharging its legal functions.