- The Nigeria Customs has been thrown into mourning following the death of one of its officials
- The deceased officer, Customs Assistant 1 Hamisu Sani, was reported killed by men suspected to be smugglers
- In a statement by the agency, Sani has been buried in Islamic way. It added that two people have been arrested in connection with the murder
The Nigeria Customs has been thrown into mourning following the death of one of its officials, Customs Assistant 1, Hamisu Sani, who was reported killed by men suspected to be smugglers.
In a report available in The Punch, the deceased was killed at the Asero area of Abeokuta, Ogun state, with another official of the agency, Tijani Michel, injured by the assailants.
Legit.ng gathers that the unfortunate incident occurred when the operatives of the agency, attached to Ogun area command, during a routine anti-smuggling patrol, stopped about eight vehicles loaded with smuggled rice and kept in the Asero community.
The officers, trying to seize the vehicles, were ambushed by the smugglers, resulting to the death of Sani who died after sustaining various injuries.
Speaking on the incident on Monday, January 7, the Customs spokesperson for the command, Abdullahi Maiwada, said the dead officer was buried according to Islamic rites, while the injured one is recuperating at the hospital.
In a statement to the press, Maiwada said two people have been arrested in connection with the murder incident.
He said: "Unfortunately during the encounter, one of the officers, a Customs Assistant 1, Hamisu Sani, sustained grievous injuries and paid the supreme price in active service. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.
“Also, an inspector of Customs, Tijani Michel, sustained serious machete cuts but is responding to treatment in the hospital.
“Meanwhile, two suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the incident and the eight vehicles fully loaded with the smuggled rice have been secured at the Customs house, Abeokuta, for further investigation.
“While we commend the patriotic role of our sister agencies and law abiding citizens, we wish to categorically state that we will deploy all necessary apparatuses to ensure that the perpetrators of this devilish act are brought to book to face the full weight of the law."
Maiwada said the agency will not relent in ensuring that the country gets rid of smugglers.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that men of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory in Cross River state arrested six Cameroonians smuggling 700 bags of parboiled foreign rice into the country through the Calabar channel.
Commodore Julius Nwagu said he had handed over the illegal immigrants to the Nigeria Immigration Service, and the seized rice and Nigerians to the Nigerian Customs Service at the NNS Victory jetty in Calabar.
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