In Ogun State, smugglers engaged Customs officers and soldiers in a gunfight, which resulted in the deaths of two smugglers.
During the gunfight, four customs officers, one soldier, and five civilians were shot and wounded.
The Ogun I Command Customs and military personnel were on patrol to Oja-Odan, Yewa North of Ogun State when the shooting occurred, according to a statement released by the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, and signed by its spokesperson, SC Hammed Bukoye Oloyede.
“At about 20:00hrs on May 6th, based on credible intelligence, the patrol team intercepted about 320 bags of foreign parboiled rice, each weighing 50 kilograms, from a large quantity stockpiled in a building around the said Oja-Odan area,” he said.
“During the evacuation of the said rice, some die-hard smugglers, helped by unscrupulous elements and hoodlums in their numbers, fired and assaulted the patrol team with sophisticated weapons.
“They fired shots at police on a sporadic basis. Unfortunately, four Customs officers, one soldier, and five civilians who assisted in the evacuation were shot.”
They were rushed to the hospital for proper medical care, according to Oloyede, and are currently responding to treatment.
He went on to say that the patrol team repelled the attack by killing two of the hoodlums and injuring several others with bullet wounds.
“The patrol team was successful in evacuating the aforementioned objects, arresting one suspect, Mr Taiye Kujo, and transporting all six motorcycles used by the alleged smugglers to the Customs House in Idiroko.”
“An investigation is underway to find more suspects of this heinous crime. In this regard, Customs Area Controller Comptroller Peter Kolo told the public that armed smugglers’ revived hostilities “will not stop our officers and men from carrying out their statutory responsibilities,” he said.
Kolo, according to Oloyede, appealed to traditional rulers and community leaders to caution their subjects against smuggling and attacks on security personnel, warning that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.