Rice smugglers kill 1 Customs officer in Kano, set patrol van ablaze

Rice smugglers kill 1 Customs officer in Kano, set patrol van ablaze

- The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday, February 4, sent a warning across the country, saying it will not accept more attacks on its officials

- The NCS revealed that a gang of rice smugglers injured one officer and burnt a patrol van during a clash with some officials

- The service also disclosed that an overspeeding rice smuggler in Kano crushed to death one of its officers

A fight between some personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and a gang of rice smugglers on Monday, February 4, resulted into one of the officials being injured.

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The incident was revealed by the command's spokesman, Danbaba I. who in a statement also disclosed that the smugglers succeeded in setting one patrol van ablaze, Daily Trust reports.

Danbaba said: “Our men were to execute information on suspected smuggled vehicles, an accident occurred not too far from the location where our men are operating. When road safety came, they sought for the assistance of our men to evacuate the injured persons to the nearest hospital.

“Unfortunately, while the discussion was on, the smugglers stormed the scene of the accident and attacked our men claiming that they were the ones caused the accident.”

Meanwhile, an overspeeding rice smuggler in Kano crushed an unnamed official of the command on Wednesday, January 30.

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Nasir Ahmed, the comptroller of the service in Kano/Jigawa revealed this on Monday, adding that the NCS will not tolerate more lawlessness on its staff.

Recall that Legit.ng reported that the NCS had 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.

The deceased was killed at the Asero area of Abeokuta, Ogun state, with another official of the agency, Tijani Michel, injured by the assailants.

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