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Customs says No One Died in Encounter with Rice Smugglers in Abule Egba



Customs say No One Died in Encounter with Rice Smugglers in Abule Egba - BellaNaija

The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone A, Ikeja, says no life was lost in its officers’ encounter with an alleged rice smuggler in the early hours of Wednesday in Lagos.

The Public Relations Officer of the unit, Jerry Attah, made the clarification  in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.

Attah said the unit was responding  to reports by some online media that some officers of the FOU Zone A shot an unknown smuggler whose bus was conveying smuggled rice at Abule Egba Area of Lagos State.

Read the statement below:

On Jan. 17, 2018 (today), at about 05.30hrs, operatives of the Federal Operations Unit,  acting on a tip-off,  traced one LT Bus Loaded with unspecified bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice from Sango Area and eventually stopped it at Abule Egba.

Before he was finally halted at Abule Egba, the driver started shouting and making inciting comments that attracted mob action against the officers with different dangerous weapons such as broken bottles, stones and cutlasses.

Obviously, he had driven to where he could get his associates to help attack the Customs Officers.

Given support of the mob, he resisted lawful arrest and the other armed operatives fired shots in the air to disperse the raging mob but to no avail.

As a responsible organisation, the officers retracted back to avoid any casualty.

We appreciate and thank God that no life was lost as at the time of the confrontation, even though two of our officers sustained injuries.”

The statement, however, maintained  that “for the avoidance of doubt, the fact that a smuggler has evaded scrutiny either by following unapproved route or compromising any officer does not guarantee that the smuggled item will not be seized anywhere it is found by patrol officers whose duty is to ensure compliance.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

1 Comment

  1. Prime Babe

    January 18, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Let me Understand this…….you “smuggled” bags of rice from the outskirts of a state into the state(in the same country). Did the bags of rice stroll to Sango from wherever? shior! when it is kain kain they will be drinking.

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