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Gunmen kill two customs officers, injure one during patrol in Lokoja

By Sulaimon Salau
18 December 2019   |   3:36 am
What could have ordinarily been an information/routine patrol went bloody when some armed bandits suspected to be smugglers laid ambush and attacked the Nigeria Customs Service....

What could have ordinarily been an information/routine patrol went bloody when some armed bandits suspected to be smugglers laid ambush and attacked the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Niger/Kogi command patrol team leading to the death of two officers while others were severely injured.

At about 10:00p.m. on December 12, a team of patrol officers were attacked by armed bandits along Lokoja-Okene road, which resulted in the death of two officers – Assistant Superintendent of Customs One (ASC I) S. Ohiremen and Assistant Superintendent of Customs Two (ASC II) S.M. Omale.

This was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Benjamin Lomba, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday.Another officer, Deputy Superintendent of Customs H.I. Oladapo sustained a gunshot injury during the attack and was quickly moved to Federal Medical Centre Lokoja for treatment. Lomba noted that the officer has been discharged from the hospital and would be returning to work as soon as he is in full health.

He said: “Officers of the NCS are only implementers of Federal Government policies. Hence, we urge every Nigerian aggrieved for losing his/her goods to engage the services of the court rather than resort to violence and killing family men who are the bread winners of their families while serving their nation.

“We are pained by the sad development and share in the grief of losing fellow officers, colleagues, brothers, husbands, and fathers. We are and will continue to work with other sister agencies in identifying the armed bandits in connection to the attack on our officers and anyone found guilty will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.ASC II Omale was buried on Friday according to Islamic rights in Ayamba village of Kogi State, while ASC I Ohiremen will be buried at his hometown in Ondo State by January 2020.