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SMUGGLED RICE: TWO ARRESTED OVER KILLING OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS

 

TWO ARRESTED OVER KILLING OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS

 

 

The deceased was attacked by suspected smugglers while discharging his duties on Sunday when the Customs team intercepted eight reconstructed vehicles fully loaded with bags of rice at Asero area of Abeokuta.

In a statement made available to TribuneOnline in Abeokuta, Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Maiwada, said that another officer, Tijani Michel, sustained machete cuts during the attack.
Maiwada said: “The fallen officer has since been buried according to Islamic rites, while the injured Inspector is responding to treatment in the hospital.

“Meanwhile, two suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the incident and eight vehicles fully loaded with the smuggled rice have also been secured and transported to Customs House in Abeokuta for further investigation.

“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 and men will never distract us from vigorously discharging our statutory functions.”

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