The Acting Controller of the Nigerian Customs Service(NCS) ,Federal Operations Unit(FOU), Zone A, Deputy Comptroller Usman Yahaya, has condemned the unprovoked attack by smugglers ,which led to three customs officers and one soldier on duty , sustaining various degrees of injuries in Igbo Ora area of Ibarapa Local Government, Oyo State, on July 16 , 2021 at about 8:00pm.
The Comptroller re-iterated the uncompromising resolve of the Service to suppress smuggling. despite such attacks.
The Unit, according to the Acting Controller, will never relent or be intimidated by this unwarranted attacks by criminal elements unlawfully bearing arms and unleashing same on officers on legitimate duties.
The injured Customs Officers who are operatives of the Zone A, Federal Operations Unit, sighted 8 trucks carrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice ,sequel to which the drivers and armed accompanying passengers launched attack on the officers.
One of the attackers was shot and disarmed while the others retreated with their smuggled wares.
While investigations are ongoing to arrest and prosecute the attackers, all the attacked Customs Officers and soldier, including one that was shot in the head, are receiving treatment.