ABEOKUTA – Some suspected smugglers in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Sunday went berserk killing one customs officer attached to Ogun State Area Command and injured one.
The deceased officer, Hamisu Sani, according to a press release signed and made available to journalists by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Abdullahi Aliyu Maiwada in Abeokuta, on Monday was killed in an ambushed by the smugglers at Asero area of Abeokuta.
The release added that the incident occurred when the deceased and his colleague, Tijani John Michel intercepted eight reconstructed vehicles allegedly loaded with smuggled rices and in an attempt to secure the goods, the smugglers attacked the officers.
He revealed that two suspects have been arrested by Police and eight vehicles fully loaded with rice have been seized by the customs.
The press release reads further, “Officers of Nigeria Customs Service Ogun Command on routine patrol based on credible information at about 0230hours intercepted eight reconstructed vehicles fully loaded with smuggled rice and kept in a hideout at Asero Community.
“In an attempt to lawfully secure the said items, the smugglers and their accomplice ambushed the Officers in a deadly like manner.
“Unfortunately during the encounter, one of the Officers a Customs Assistant I Hamisu Sani sustained grievous injuries and paid the supreme price (died) in active Service. He has since been buried according Islamic rites. Also, an Inspector of Customs Tijani John Michel sustained serious machete cut but is responding to treatment in the hospital.”
Meanwhile, the remains of the late officer has been buried at his Sabo area of Abeokuta according to Islamic rites.