The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Ogun Command has repelled smugglers attack while on anti-smuggling operations and seized contraband items with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N84million.
The vicious attack, which took place at a border community between Nigeria and Republic of Benin left four officers seriously injured, even as two out of the four are still taking treatment in an undisclosed hospital in the country.
Addressing news men at Idiroko, the Customs Area Controller , CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Sani Madugu, who frowned at incessant attacks on officers by smugglers at the area, displayed Customs patrol vehicle totally shattered during the attack.
He said, “The attack happened at a community and the suspects ran across toBenin Republic, but our officers were being careful as they did not fight back. We got a signal that a white new Toyota Hilux smuggled into the country from Republic of Benin was kept in a village within the border route. Immediately our officers moved there to recover the vehicle.
On sighting them, the smugglers started hurling stones and other dangerous objects at them. In the process, they injured four of our men. We did not record any casuality because our officers didn’t fight back”.
He went on, “Aside from the new Hilux, other items seized by our officers within few days include eight tokunbo vehicles, 1, 479 bags of foreign rice, 78 gallons of vegetable oil, nine vehicles used as means of coneying the items and motorcyles popularly known as Okada, estimated at a DPV of N84million. Infact, seizing rice at Idiroko is like drinking water because we intercept rice everyday.
We must continue to carry out our statutory duties notwithstanding the antics of smugglers, who are working against government’s effort to growth the economy. CGC Hameed Ali has equipped us adequately for the job, therefore, we will continue to be focused on our duties without any fear of intimidation by economic saboteurs.”