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The Nigeria Customs Service Ogun State Command on Friday confirmed that two officers of its command were seriously injured in an attack by some hoodlums suspected to be smugglers on Ilaro, Abeokuta expressway.
In a statement issued to Newsmen in Abeokuta, the Customs Public Relations Officer in the State, Abdullai Maiwada said, the personnel were escorting seized smuggled rice from Ilaro to the Government warehouse in Abeokuta before they were attacked.
Maiwada added that the hoodlums pelted the personnel with stones, bottles, Cutlass, stick and other dangerous items.
He said, it took the intervention of the Nigeria Army, Police and the Federal Operations Unit before three of the hoodlums were arrested, while others flee the scene.
“Our Officers restrained themselves by controlling the situation short of using force. Two Customs personnel were seriously injured in the attack and have been responding to treatment in the hospital.
“Normalcy has since been restored with the intervention of reinforcement teams from Customs, Police and Military. Also, the seized items have been secured with three suspects currently undergoing interrogation at Customs Command Headquarters.
“Nigerians will recall that an Officer attached to the Command, Inspector of Custom Abdullahi Kuso was almost lynched at the same location (Papalanto) on 7th July 2018 by a group of criminals who perceive smuggling as a legitimate way of livelihood.
“Finally, we wish to commend the patriotic roles of our sister Agencies and law-abiding citizens in assisting the Command to perform its lawful duty of revenue collection and suppression of smuggling in the interest of our dear country.
“We wish to categorically state that we will continue to prosecute the anti-smuggling crusade in spite of the unwarranted attacks. We want to use this medium to advise parents/guardians to warn their wards to desist from obstructing Customs Officers performing their legitimate duties as the Service will not hesitate to use appropriate force in the interest of the nation” He said.