A customs officer was reportedly killed while another was seriously injured, while raiding a smugglers’ hideout in Ogun State.
The customs officers who are Anti-smuggling operatives of the Command, stormed a hideout in Asero, Abeokuta at about 2:30am on Sunday, January 6, 2018, where eight vehicles fully loaded with rice were kept.
Confirming the death of the Customs officer and arrest of two suspects, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abdullahi Aliyu Maiwada, said;
“In an attempt to lawfully secure the said items, the smugglers and their accomplices ambushed the officers in a deadly-like manner.
“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 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 perpetrators of this devilish act are brought to book to face the full wrath of the law, Maiwada said, adding that, reoccurrence of such form of hostilities and intimidation by smugglers and their accomplices on officers and men would never distract the Command from vigorously discharging its statutory functions.”