Smugglers clash with Customs over smuggled rice in Ogun

In a clash over smuggled rice in Ogun, five persons were on Monday allegedly killed while two officers were injured in a face-off between officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and suspected smugglers Owode-Yewa.

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Smugglers clash with Customs over smuggled rice in Ogun


According to the Leadership, the clash started when the officers of the Ogun State Customs command went to Owode-Yewa to evacuate some bags of rice smuggled into the country from Benin Republic and kept inside a celestial church at Owode Yewa, Ogun State.

According to an eye witness, Yinka Oladosu, there was a shoot-out between the smugglers and the customs officers due to confrontation from the smugglers which led to the death of five while several others were injured and taken to hospital.

But, in a press statement by the Public Relation Officer of the Ogun command of the service, Abdullahi Maiwada said smugglers and criminal ganged up to mob officers of the command who were on legal duty.

According to Maiwada, two officers were wounded while patrol vehicles were destroyed by the smugglers.

The press statement reads,

“Unfortunately, at about 1200hours of Monday afternoon (21st January, 2019), some smugglers and their accomplices ganged-up against an anti-smuggling team from discharging its legitimate functions at Owode (Yewa) community.”

“The officers who went on an operation to save Nigerian economy from the mayhem of smugglers who stocked a place of worship and some houses nearby with rice suspected to have been smuggled into Nigeria.

“The team faced stiff resistance from some armed criminals inflicting serious injuries on two Officers and minor injuries on other members of the team, and further destroyed official patrol vehicles,” The PRO also stated that the hoodlums barricaded the road leading to the command and officers of the service.

He however commended the role played by other security agencies who according to Maiwada came to the aide of the command during the melee.

“The encounter led to exchange of fire between Officers and smugglers with their accomplices. For peace to reign, the team resorted to tactical withdrawal.

“However, the hoodlums took law into their hands by barricading the main road leading to Idiroko, scouting for Customs Officers to attack. They are also battling with law enforcement agencies to gain access to Customs formations for further confrontation.

149 Comments

  1. This is evil from this smugglers who hell bent of milking and killing our economy and they turn to blame Bihari. Smuggling is evil

  2. The custom officers allow the masses to live and have their lives to live.If you are given smuggled rice you will still take while disturbing people.

  3. does it mean the smugglers are now saying that they are right on what they did
    there’s nothing one will not hear

  4. They have really committed an offensive act by having a combat with the officials….. Proving to be right instead of making means the other way…

  5. This is really serious. These ppl are daring. The police should better sit up or allow smugglers to control d border

  6. Crime gone bad, polic should do something about smulggers otherwise they will take over this country, imaging fighting in public over smulggles rice

  7. Survival does not bring violence as far as I am concerned. Let things be done in a mannered way. You can’t stop law enforcement agencies from discharging their duties. So sad for the losses.

  8. This is too bad.. May the soul of the deceased rest in peace and may God grant speedy recovery to those that are injured.

  9. Interesting. Those smugglers really have no fear. Swift action should be taken to apprehend those criminals

  10. Things are getting out of control with these smuggler and they need to be dealt with to curb their activities in our country.

  11. Nigeria’s like foreign things! I swaer thing are really happening in this country abd only God can intervene

  12. The customs officer has really made cost of imported items to rise beyond the pocket of the common man. Fighting with hoodlums won’t solved the problem because the officers are trained to control smuggled goods into the country.

  13. killing innocent people in the town is quite different from fighting smugglers. Many innocent people were wounded by the custom stray bullets.

  14. Nawao.. Nigeria is gradually turning to war front.. How did the smugglers got hold of arms? This is really serious oo.. May their souls rest in peace and quick recovery to the injured officers.. Everyone is fighting to survive by all means because of hardship in the country.. God help your people

  15. That is why government need to provide good and standard ammunitions for our forces, those that will be better than hoodlums ammunitions. So that when there is confrontation forces can win.

  16. na wa ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo that is very bad o. this Nigeria self different things happening ever day

  17. The custom officers allow the masses to live and have their lives to live.If you are given smuggled rice you will still take while disturbing people

  18. To ri rice,now those ones are dead…what won’t someone hear..na wa o.what are they smuggling rice for

  19. Hmmm this hoodlums are really getting out of hand and the government really need to do something about them fast.

  20. Na wa ooo, me I no go use because of money put myself in danger. This smugglers deserve to be whipped mercilessly. Customs should be careful even while on duty.

  21. Na was oo. This smugglers deserve to be whipped mercilessly. Customs should be careful even while on duty.

  22. Do you expect Nigerians to believe this story? Abi you people have collected bribe and allowed them to bring in the rice only for you people to turn against them again with the intension of depossessing them of their goods. We know una, no be today.

  23. See to them is not easy to smuggle things in talk more of stopping them when them done enter home but quite illegal business because of ur life

  24. How did the smugglers got the bags of rice and the fire arms to the country? Did they flight it into the country abi all our customs are on vacation? Please my fellow Nigerian before we put blames on smugglers let go to idiroko axis and see the people we called securities agent first.

  25. Stop smuggling and engage in genuine business, they refused, now they have met their death. Well done police. Keep it up.

  26. This is bad. Some people are stubborn and hellbent on smuggling foreign rice into the country despite the Government’s policies. I hope the custom officers are given proper medical attention.

  27. So painful, may the soul of the deceased rest in peace and wish the injured victims quick recovery.

  28. Please custom officers should let people do their business joor…… After they will start auctioning the rice another person suffered for

  29. Please let those custom officers let people do their business joor…… Later they will start auctioning the rice, another person’s sweet

  30. polic should do something about smulggers otherwise they will take over this country, imaging fighting in public over smulggles rice

  31. I wonder what this country is turning into every blessed day. Killing one another like it’s no big deal. I pray the souls of the Departed rest in peace and quick response to the injured.

  32. This is serious oooo, imagine smugglers and custom clash and now innocent people suffers from it. May God save us in this Country

  33. It’s well done to Customs. More grace to them as the impound more smuggled Rice. Respect contra-ban goods.

  34. The custom officers will be doing as if they don’t normally collect bribe from those smugglers, the rice their wife Cook for them at home, is it Nigeria rice,
    We are just deceiving ourselves

  35. Those smuggler are not at fault because the money those customs request for will be too much so they do have choice than to smuggle the goods

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