Smugglers attack Customs officers, Soldier, injure four

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By Jerry Aguigbo

In a continuation of their evil act against the State, daredevil smugglers have attacked and injured three Customs Officers and a soldier on duty in an unprovoked attack in Igbo Ora area of Ibarapa Local Government, Oyo State in the evening hours of Friday , July 16 , 2021 at about 8:00pm.

The injured Customs Officers who are operatives of the Zone A, Federal Operations Unit, sighted 8 trucks carrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice whose drivers and armed accompanying passengers launched attack on the officers.

One of the attackers was shot and disarmed while the others retreated with their smuggled wares.

Meanwhile, a public statement forwarded by the Unit’s Public Relations Officer, Theophilus Duniya,
confirms that investigations are ongoing to arrest and prosecute the attackers, all the attacked Customs Officers and soldier, including one that was shot in the head, are receiving treatment.

Controller (Ag) Usman Yahaya, condemns the attack and reiterates the uncompromising resolve of the Service to suppress smuggling.

The Unit, according to the Controller, will never relent or be intimidated by this unwarranted attacks by criminal elements unlawfully bearing arms and unleashing same on officers on legitimate duties.

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