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Customs officer killed during anti-smuggling operation in Ogun

Customs officer killed during anti-smuggling operation in Ogun
September 12
19:16 2021

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), federal operations unit, zone A in Ogun, says one of its officers was killed during an anti-smuggling operation in the state.

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Theophilus Duniya, spokesperson of the zone, who confirmed the development on Sunday, said Hussein Ejibunu, deputy comptroller of zone A, has ordered an investigation into the incident.

According to a statement by Duniya, the incident occurred at Owode area of Ogun on Saturday night.

The deputy comptroller, who condemned the killing, said the agency will ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

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”The driver was killed during an operation after two vehicles laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice were seized and were being taken to Lagos,” he said.

“In the course of the movement, one of the vehicles developed a mechanical problem and as it was being fixed, the suspected smugglers mobilised themselves in large number with arms, charms, stones and other dangerous objects, to murder the officer.

“The body of the deceased has since been deposited in a mortuary, while investigations have commenced.”

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Ejibunu said the killing would not hinder the FOU zone A from executing its statutory duties.



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