Hoodlums suspected to be smugglers on Thursday, unleashed terror by attacking some operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 command at Oja-Odan in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun state.
The attack, CRIMECHANNELS learnt, left about 2 persons dead and 10 more seriously injured.
According to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, DSC Bukoye Oloyede, a team of officers acting on credible information intercepted 320 bags of foreign rice at Oja-odan.
He said that during evacuation of the smuggled goods, some hoodlums baring dangerous weapons attacked the officers.
Part of his statement reads, “They shot sporadically at officers. Unfortunately, four Customs operatives, one soldier and five civilians assisting in the evacuation sustained gunshot injuries”.
“They were Immediately rushed to the hospital for proper medical attention and are currently responding to treatment”.
“The patrol team repressed the attack by gunning down two of the hoodlums and left many others with gunshot injuries”.
“The patrol team succeeded in evacuating the aforementioned items, arrested one suspect, Mr Taiye Kujo and six motorcycles used by the suspected smugglers, and conveyed all to the Customs house at Idiroko”.
The Command Boss said that investigation into the matter is still ongoing.
Reacting to the attack, the Ogun Area 1 Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Peter Kolo, assured residents of the area of their safety. He also warned smugglers in the area that their days are numbered, adding that if they are caught, they would face the full wrath of the law.
He further appealed to the Monarchs and community leaders in the area to warn their subjects to desist from attacking security operatives.