Two hoodlums were reported dead, many sustained varied degrees of injury while one Taiye Kujo was arrested during a repressed attack by officers of Ogun I Command accompanied by military personnel.
According to the press statement by the spokesperson of the command, DSC Hammed Bukoye Oloyede stated that the incident resulted from an attack on the Customs patrol team by smugglers and cohorts.
Oloyede further stated that “diehard smugglers aided by unscrupulous elements and hoodlums in their numbers and armed with sophisticated weapons shot and attacked the patrol team” to prevent evacuation of the contraband “Three Hundred and Twenty (320) 50kg bags of foreign perboiled rice”
Unfortunately, during the gun duel, “four (4) Customs Operatives, one (1) Soldier and Five (5 civilians assisting in evacuation sustained gunshot injuries. They were immediately rushed to the hospital for proper medical attention and are currently responding to treatment.
The area controller of the command, Comptroller Peter Kolo has appealed to the traditional rulers and community leaders to warn their subjects to desist from smuggling activities and attack on security operative as anyone caught shall be made to face the wrath of the law.
The patrol team repressed the attack by gunning down two (2) of the hoodlums and left many others with gunshot injuries.
The patrol team succeeded in evacuating the aforementioned items, arrested one (1) suspect, Mr Taiye Kujo and Six (6) Motorcycles used by the suspected smugglers, and conveyed all to the Customs House at Idiroko.
Investigation is ongoing to fish out more perpetrators of this barbaric act.
Comptroller Peter Kolo also assured the general public that the renewed hostilities by armed smugglers will not deter Officers and Men from discharging their statutory responsibilities”.