Hoodlums armed with assorted dangerous weapons on Tuesday attacked officers of the Nigerian Customs Services (NCS) at Kikelomo area of Ayetoro – Ogun State.
Confirming the report, NCS Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ in a statement said the officers were attacked while carrying out their statutory duty based on credible intelligence through which it intercepted six Ford buses laden with foreign parboiled rice.
“At 0800 hours of Tuesday 22nd December, 2020, Officers of NCS Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’, while carrying out their statutory duty based on credible intelligence intercepted six Ford buses laden with foreign parboiled rice at Kikelomo area of Ayetoro – Ogun State.
“Upon the interception, some hoodlums who were armed with assorted dangerous weapons swiftly mobilize themselves and unleashed attack on our officers with the aim to abrupt Officers from performing their statutory functions,” the statement read.
The unit added that one person was hit by a bullet in the process of resistance, while three Customs officers sustained various degrees of injuries.
The unit further stated that the wounded officers were currently receiving treatment at the NCS medical facility while further investigations were ongoing.
The Acting Customs Comptroller FOU ‘A’ DC Usman Yahya expressed concerns and sympathy about the loss of life and the serious injuries inflicted on his officers which were totally avoidable if only the youths were patriotic enough to know that the officers were just performing their lawful duties.
He also cautioned the youths to reject being used by economic saboteurs to confront operatives of the Service from carrying out their lawful duties.
Normalcy has since returned to the area through the combined efforts of officers of the Service and the Nigerian Army.