Controller FOU Zone A orders investigation into murder of customs officer in ogun


Acting Controller of Federal Operations Unit Zone A, DC Hussein Ejibunu has directed investigation into the murder of one of the customs operatives in the rank of Customs Assistant 1 on Saturday night at Owode area of Ogun State by suspected smugglers.

While condemning the killing, the Acting Controller reiterated his resolve to keep suppressing smuggling and arresting perpetrators of the criminal activity.

He said the killing will not deter FOU Zone A, under his leadership, from carrying out its statutory functions in the interest of national security and economy.

The Controller added that seizures of smuggled wares and arrest of suspects will continue unless the perpetrators embrace a change of heart and do legitimate trades.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Customs Public Relations Officer, FOU Zone A, Mr. Theophilus Duniya said the driver was killed during an operation after two vehicles laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice were seized and being taken to Lagos.

According the statement, in the course of the movement, one of the vehicle developed mechanical problem and was being fixed when the suspected smugglers mobilised themselves in a large number with arms, charms, stones and other dangerous objects to attack the officers leading to the death of the deceased officer.

“The body of the deceased has been deposited in a mortuary while investigations have commenced”, it added.

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