ONE DIES, FIVE INJURED AS CUSTOMS, SMUGGLERS CLASH IN ILARO.Adunni Adetola
One person has been reportedly killed in a clash that broke up between members of Nigeria Customs Services and some rice smugglers in One Ola area of Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State.
According to reports gathered that, problem started when Customs officers stormed a hide out where the imported banned rice were stocked shooting to the air to disassemble the smugglers.
The smugglers were already armed, and engaged the officers in a gun battle that led to the killing of an innocent boy who was playing football with his colleagues at the Local Government Primary School, Oke-Ola, Ilaro.
An eye witness account whose identity undisclosed revealed that, at least five persons sustained gun injuries during the encounter.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Ogun 1 Area Command of the NCS, Ahmed Oloyede when contacted, confirmed the incident. Oloyede described the incident as unfortunate, and said he did not have details of what really transpired.
He said, “I heard about the incident, but I have not gotten detailed information about what happened. What I was briefed was that it was a joint operation that was conducted by the border drill officers and FOU.
“They made some seizure and there was an altercation between them and the smugglers. They were attacked and all they could do to disperse the smugglers proved abortive. In the process, the smugglers tried to lynch the officers. So, they have to find their way out.
“I don’t have detailed information at hand yet, but that’s just the brief information I have about the incident.
“It is very unfortunate that when officers make an arrest, you see people, hoodlums in their large numbers attacking operatives. Even the so-called innocent ones are being used for this. You see people with arms in their hands, carrying weapons.
“It is unfortunate you see people fighting officers, trying to kill them. This is just exactly like the one that happened in Ayetoro recently. If people continue to attack officers, block their ways, what do you expect officers to do? Operatives are always applying caution in accordance with extant rules of engagement.” (Vanguard)