The acting Controller of Federal Operations Unit Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service, DC Hussein Ejibunu has directed investigation into the murder of one of his operatives, (Customs Assistant 1) on Saturday night at Owode area of Ogun State by suspected smugglers. This was contained in a press statement by the Spokesperson of the command, DSC Theophilus Duniya.
“While condemning the Killing, the acting Controller reiterated his resolve to keep suppressing smuggling and arresting perpetrators of the criminal activity”
He said the killing will not deter FOU Zone A, under his leadership, from carrying out it’s statutory functions in the interest of national security and economy.
The Controller added that seizures of smuggled wares and arrest of suspects will continue unless the perpetrators embrace a change heart and do legitimate trades.
The driver was killed during an operation after two vehicles laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice were seized and being taken to Lagos.
In the course of the movement, one of the vehicle developed mechanical problem and was being fixed when the suspected smugglers mobilised themselves in a large number with arms, charms, stones and other dangerous objects to murder the deceased officer.
The body of the deceased has been deposited in a mortuary while investigations have commenced.