Suspected Smugglers Attack, Butcher Customs Officer In An Ambush

LAGOS MAY 11TH (NEWSRANGERS)-– An officer of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), identified as Assistant Superintendent Chidi Johnson, last Friday sustained severe injuries in an ambush laid by suspected smugglers in Ikpokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Johnson was among a team of Customs men from Ogun 1 Command, said to have been sent to evacuate about 35 50kg bags of rice that smugglers brought into the country.

It was learnt that the Customs men had embarked on the operation at about 7.30pm on Friday based on an intelligence report that suspected smugglers were stockpiling smuggled rice in a house at Ilashe village in Ipokia Local Government Area.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun 1 Command of the NCS, Abdullahi Maiwada, who confirmed the attack, said the smugglers mobilised themselves in large numbers and launched “a vicious attack, with assorted  weapons, on the officers performing their lawful duties.”

Maiwada said the suspected smugglers macheted Johnson, giving him deep cuts in various parts of his body.

“The seriously wounded officer was immediately rushed to the hospital and, luckily, he is responding to treatment. Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently undergoing interrogation.

“It is instructive to note that, that Friday was a date set aside for total lockdown in Ogun State due to the surge of the COVID-19 cases.

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