Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun 1 in a joint patrol with personnel of Nigeria Army acted on credible intelligence and was able to identify a hideout used by unscrupulous elements to stockpile smuggled rice and other prohibited items.
The command’s Public Relation Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada was quoted as saying that the team of the joint patrol was about evacuating the “uncustomed” goods from the scene, that some hoodlums begin shooting sporadically at officers.
His words: “ in the melee that ensued, one patriotic youth who was assisting the team in the evacuation of the seized item was hit by a stray bullet and was immediately rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving medical attention.
“Furthermore, two official vehicles attached to the Nigeria Army and the customs service was pelted with bullets”.
Maiwada said the patrol team gallantly responded to the aggression and succeeded in evacuating one hundred bags of smuggled parboiled rice of 50kg each.
He said one suspect was arrested in connection with the incident and is currently undergoing interrogation.
Also, special task force team of the command apprehended large quantity of smuggled rice that was carefully concealed in a Volvo truck with chassis number YB1E6A2A2JB420916, Reg no. FFF897ZC was criminally distinguished as cassava flour (white elubo) fufu, and maize.
The statement put further that after a thorough examination was carried out, it revealed four hundred and ten (410) of smuggled parboiled rice of 50kg each deceptively packaged inside the said vehicle.
“Comptroller Michael Agbara in charge of Ogun “1” command assured members of the public that the renewed hostilities by armed smugglers will not deter the command from discharging its statutory responsibilities”.
“We are committed to decisively stop all form of aggressions applied by smugglers in the interest of social and economic prosperity of our dear country”