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Smugglers kill Customs officer, injure another in Ogun

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A group of suspected smugglers on Sunday reportedly killed an officer with the Ogun State customs command, Customs Assistant Hamisu Sani, and injured an Inspector identified as Tijani Michael during an ambush at Asero community in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He was reportedly killed during an operation to retrieve smuggled rice kept in a hideout in Asero area of Abeokuta. The command’s spokesperson, Abdullahi Maiwada, made this known to newsmen yesterday.

He said the command, on routine patrol, intercepted eight ‘reconstructed’ vehicles loaded with smuggled rice and kept in a hideout at Asero. He said in an attempt to lawfully secure the said items, the smugglers and their accomplices ambushed the officer and killed him with machete.

The bandits also injured another operative, Tijani Michael, who is currently receiving treatment in the hospital. The spokesman added that the deceased has been buried according to Islamic rites. He also said two suspects have been arrested by the police while the eight vehicles loaded with smuggled rice have been confiscated in connection with the incident.

The statement reads: “Unfortunately, during the encounter, one of the officers; a Customs Assistant I, Hamisu Sani, sustained grievous injuries and paid the supreme price (died) in active service. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites. Also, an Inspector of Customs, Tijani John Michel, sustained serious machete cut but is responding to treatment in the hospital.

“While we commend the patriotic role of our sister agencies and law-abiding citizens, we wish to categorically state that we will deploy all necessary apparatus to ensure that the perpetrators of this devilish act are brought to book to face the full wrath of the law. Finally, the reoccurrence of such form of hostilities and intimidation by smugglers and their accomplice on our officers will never distract us from vigorously discharging our statutory functions,” he said.


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