One dead as customs officials, smugglers clash in Ogun


…Patrol base burnt down

One person has been confirmed dead following a clash between the officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Ogun I command and rice smugglers around Sele/Owode Ketu Road, Yewa North Local Government of Ogun State.

Trouble started when on Tuesday, 11th August, 2020, at about 2.30pm, a combined patrol team attached to Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun I command went on information patrol around Sele/Owode Ketu Road, Yewa North Local Government in Ogun State and intercepted a motorcycle loaded with foreign bags of rice (50kg each).

The said rice and the means of conveyance, according to a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSC Hameed Oloyode, were taken to the patrol base leaving some officers behind to be on surveillance for further information.

The statement added that on reaching a bush path of the same area, some suspected smugglers on motorcycles popularly known as Okada, laden with some bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, on sighting officers, ran away in convoy to evade arrest.

“With the level of their speed and the state of the road, one of the suspected smugglers somersaulted, hit his head on the ground, while the motorcycle with some bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice fell on him and was discovered dead on the spot.

“Consequently, the corpse was taken to mortuary by the Police, while the motorcycle with the uncustomed goods was taken to Police station for further investigation.

“However, some unscrupulous youths resorted to unleashing mayhem on customs personnel, burnt a patrol base and took away one of the intercepted motorcycles”, the statement said.

The statement further said that on getting the report, the Customs Area Controller immediately called for reinforcement from other customs patrol teams, border drill and Nigeria Police whose combined effort brought the situation under control.

“As at the time of this report, normalcy has returned to the area”, it concluded.

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