Commotion broke out as Some suspected smugglers on Tuesday attacked Nigeria Custom Service Officers at a warehouse in Ilashe Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, injuring four of them.
The injured officers are currently receiving treatment while other were said to have escaped the scene.
It was gathered that the incident occurred when some customs officials stormed the warehouse and reportedly broke into it while attempting to evacuate bags of rice suspected to have been smuggled into the country from Republic of Benin but the people of the area prevented them and this led to gun battle between the smugglers and the Customs officials as they left four of the Customs men injured.
The affected officials were also said to have lost their guns to the clash while others ran for their lives with three rifles snatched from them.It was however gathered that the missing guns packed in a sack were dumped on the premises of the palace of a traditional ruler in the area, who later handed them over same to the customs.
The NSC Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abubakar Uthman who confirmed the incident said that 11 motorcycles and 250 bags of smuggled rice were impounded and three suspected smugglers have been arrested and handed over to the police for proper investigation.
Meanwhile, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has urged the NSC to curb smuggling and ensure that international borders in the state were effectively manned as this was important to raise adequate revenue for the country.
He gave the urge on Friday when the management team of customs led by its Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), paid him a courtesy visit. Ali also informed the state governor about the importance the NSC attaches to the state.
According to him, “Ogun State has the highest number of industries in Nigeria and we are working very hard to ensure that we increase our excise duties collection because right now we are only collecting excise duties from alcohol and tobacco industries.”2