Smuggling: 3 persons killed as Customs, youths clash in Ogun

Smuggling: 3 persons killed as Customs, youths clash in Ogun

- Stray bullets have killed three persons in Ogun state

- Officers of the NCS had stormed Ayetoro in Ogun state over alleged smuggling of banned goods

- The three victims reportedly met their end when the youths engaged the Customs personnel

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A report by The Punch indicates that three persons were feared killed by stray bullets in Ayetoro, Yewa North local government area of Ogun state.

Legit.ng gathered that the incident happened at the Kikelomo area in Ayetoro early morning on Tuesday, December 22.

According to the report, the men of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) had reportedly stormed the area following a tip-off of smuggling activities.

Smuggling: Three feared dead as Customs, youths clash in Ogun
The comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service (NSC), Col. Hameed Ali addresses personnel of the service. Credit: @CustomsNG
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The newspaper further stated that the stray bullets were allegedly fired by customs officers who stormed the area to evacuate the alleged smuggled bags of rice.

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It was reported that one of the victims, simply identified as Sola, was allegedly shot while riding a motorcycle in the area.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigeria Customs Service on Sunday, December 13, announced that it intercepted a truck loaded with dangerous ammunition including locally manufactured rifles in Kebbi.

It was reported that the agency's public relation officer, Joseph Attah, said the truck was intercepted along Yauri, Zamare waterside in the northern state with locally produced rice.

Attah said upon careful examination, sacks kept under the rice were found to contain 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges.

He said the culprits who were three in number were immediately arrested and are undergoing preliminary investigation.

In a related report, the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, who announced the reopening of four borders, said the remaining ones would be reopened on or before Thursday, December 31.

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However, information on the website of the Nigeria Customs Service indicates that at least eight items remain prohibited from being exported out of Nigeria.

The list of the items on the export prohibition list is also reproduced on the Nigeria Single Window Trade Portal and Nigerian Shippers Council's website.

Some of the items include rice, live or dead birds like frozen poultry, pork and beef, bird’s eggs, excluding hatching eggs, refined vegetable oils and fats (includes mayonnaise), cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose.

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