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By Innocent Orok

The Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS), Federal Operations Unit ( FOU) ‘A’ at
about 1500 hours of Thursday, 13th May, 2021 battles some dare devil smugglers who had mobilized themselves with the help of some thugs to attacked a patrol team serving with Federal Operations Unit Zone A, who were on lawful duty at Iseyin. At the end of the fracas, three casualties was recorded on the side of the smugglers.

According to a Press release by the Unit’s Public Relations Officer ( PRO)
DSC Theophilus P. Duniya the officers who were on routine patrol intercepted two Nissan Pathfinder SUV vehicles fully loaded with smuggled foreign parboiled rice at Iseyin. Sequel to the interception, the officers were attacked by a mob who were mobilized by the smugglers.

“The mob attacked the officers with dangerous weapons which led to the infliction of serious injuries on two officers. In an attempt to abduct one of the officers that was brutally attacked; who sustained deep cuts on his head and other parts of his body. The assailants had taken the injured officer with his rifle before his team members whom acted in self defence, shot at his suspected abductors leading to the death of three of them before he was rescued and taken for immediate medical attention.

” The officers were able to successfully evacuate the intercepted smuggled rice, while the injured officers are currently receiving treatment.”

The statement said the Acting Controller of the Unit, DC Usman Yahaya, is sad about the avoidable incident and urges community leaders and parents to call their wards and youths to order.

He laments the criminality of obstructing and attacking officers on lawful duty, describing it as a venture that yields no good for all including the Service.
While appealing for compliance to extant rules, he assures of the resolve of his Men to remain resolute in discharging their duties in the best interest of Nigerians.

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