Ogun: Customs Officers Kill Four In A Sporadic Shootout With Smugglers
No fewer than four people have been reportedly killed on Sunday, May 13 in a clash between operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service and smugglers in Abeokuta the Ogun state capital city.
NIGERIA NEWS notes that six other people sustained gunshot injuries during the clash which occurred at Ilara, in Imeko-Afon local government area – a border town with the Republic of Benin.
According to eyewitnesses, some suspected smugglers were accosted by a joint anti-smuggling patrol team at around 8.30 am while moving bags of rice in a convoy to Abeokuta, Ogun state.
It was gathered that a joined team that comprise the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and soldiers had attempted to impound the contraband goods when the trouble ensued.
The witnesses said the smugglers put up a stiff resistance which led to an exchange of fire leaving about four people dead and six others with gunshot wounds.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the Ogun state Area Command of the NCS, Abdullahi Maiwada, said he could not give the exact number of casualties as at the time of filing this report.
“I learnt there was an interdiction between our men (Customs) and smugglers in Ilara border town when the smugglers wanted to move bags of rice in their vehicles out of the town to their receivers.
“But I don’t have details of the incident but I will get back to you as soon as I am fully briefed,” Maidawa said.
In an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that Nigerian Customs raid top politician’s house, discover 160 exotic cars.