By Hanan Ibrahim

Customs in Ogun State has disclosed that some smugglers have attacked the joint Border Drill Operatives stationed at Olajogun in Oja Odan Area of Ilaro in Ogun State.

According to the statements signed by the spoke person of Nigerian Customs Service Ogun I Command Hammed Bukoye Oloyode the personnel of the Command and some other security agents were attacked by suspects smugllers on Wednesday 10th February, 2021.

He said the Joint Border Drill Operatives stationed at Olajogun in Oja-Odan area of Ilaro intercepted several kegs of 25 litres capacity of Petroleunm Motor Spirit (PMS) destined for smuggling outside Nigeria.

“In an attempt to seize the said petroleum products obviously in contravention with schedule six (6) of Common External Tariff, some smugglers armed with assorted dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, guns and charms unleashed deadly attack against lawful Officers leading to a crossfire.

In the ensuing exchange of fire between smugglers and the patrol team, one Tunde Alabe (male), a native of Ohunbe community also involved in the attack sustain a gun injury leading to his untimely death.

“This unfortunate incident led to the blockage of Oja-Odan/Obelle Road by a syndicated armed smugglers/hoodlums, they further advanced there hostilities by burning down all Customs Checkpoints and that of sister security agencies from Olajogun to Hanger and Ohunbe Areas of Ogun state” he said.

Hameed Oloyede also disclosed that as at the time of writing this report, the properties and items destroyed by the smugglers/hoodlums include:

  1. Two (2) Customs Patrol Toyota Hilux
  2. One (1) patrol Toyota Hilux belonging to Nigeria Immigration
  3. One (1) Mercedes Benz SUV
  4. One (1) Peugeot 206
  5. Four (4) Motorcycles belonging to Nigeria Immigration
  6. Original credentials and other documents belonging to Two (2) Customs personnel
  7. Two (2) buildings and many other patrol points.

“To this end, the Customs Area Controller, Compt. Peter Chado Kolo vowed to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident and promised to bring the perpetrators of this evil act to book.

Peter Chado Kolo also appealed to traditional rulers, opinion moulders and eminent personalities on the need to dissuade the teaming youths from seeing smuggling as means of livelihood.

“The protection of the society against socio-economic ills usually compounded by smuggling is a collective course we should all join force to fighg against” he said.