The Nigeria Customs patrol team from Federal Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos was attacked without provocation on saturday afternoon during an operation along Shagamu inter-change in Ogun State. This was contained in a press statement by the Spokesperson of the Unit, DSC Theophilus Duniya.
The patrol team had intercepted twelve vehicles of different kinds, laden with bags of foreign parboiled rice and were on their way to the government warehouse of the Unit before smugglers mobilized themselves with the support of their sympathizers and attacked the team with dangerous weapons.
“During the exchange of gun fire, two of the attackers lost their lives and one suspect was arrested. Out of 12 vehicles in the convoy of the smugglers, our operatives were able to leave with 4 of them laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice”
“The arrested suspect and the seizure have been brought to the Unit”
The Ag. Controller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu frowned at the avoidable loss of lives due to the unprovoked attack. He has ordered full scale investigations into the matter to apprehend other fleeing suspects with their smuggled wares.
He cautioned the youths to eschew violent confrontations with government operatives and be law abiding at all times
He added that such violent attacks will never deter or threaten customs operatives from carrying out their legitimate duties.
Two of our wounded operatives from the attack are presently receiving treatment in a medical facility.