The Ogun state Custom command said it anti-smuggling patrol team was attacked during a routine patrol along Yewa north precisely at Aselu and igua communities leaving one of the smugglers dead.
Explaining the Developments in a statement, Abdullahi Maiwada, the Ogun state custom 1 command’s Public Relation Officer said the command went on routine Anti smuggling patrol and eventually came across a convoy of motorcycles popularly known as okada ferrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice along a bush-path of Aselu and igua communities within Yewa North local government in Ogun state.
Maiwada said the smuggling gang having been caught red-handed, resorted to unleashing a various attack on officers performing their duties with an assorted dangerous weapon
“This was how the officers successfully repelled the attack launched by the smugglers and at the end, one of the smugglers died in the process and his corpse had since been deposited at the mortuary”.
“More arrival of a reinforced team that enabled the evacuation of forty-four bags of rice (50kg each) and two motorcycles abandoned by the smugglers to government warehouse Abeokuta for safekeeping and further investigation”.
“It is instructive to note that Saturday 25th of April 2020, was a date set aside for total lockdown in Ogun state due to the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic, however, the daredevil smugglers who have no regards for law of the land or regards for the law of the land or disease ravaging the global community resorted to crossing the border through illegal routes to perpetuate their nefarious activities in total disregard of the health and economic wellbeing of the country”.
“The command wishes to reiterate and warn the general public against attack on officers performing their lawful duty as such will leave the officers with no other alternative than to defend themselves”.