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The Ogun state Custom command
said it anti-smuggling patrol team was attacked during a routine patrol along Yewa
north precisely at Aselu and igua communities leaving one of the smugglers

Explaining the Developments
in a statement, Abdullahi Maiwada, the Ogun state custom 1 command’s Public
Relation Officer said the command went on routine Anti smuggling patrol and
eventually came across a convoy of motorcycles popularly known as okada
ferrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice along a  bush-path of Aselu and igua communities within
Yewa North local government in Ogun state.

Maiwada said the smuggling gang having
been caught red-handed, resorted to unleashing a various attack on officers
performing their duties with an assorted dangerous weapon

“This was how the officers successfully
repelled the attack launched by the smugglers and at the end, one of the
smugglers died in the process and his corpse had since been deposited at the

“More arrival of a reinforced team that enabled the evacuation of forty-four bags of rice (50kg each) and two motorcycles
abandoned by the smugglers to government warehouse Abeokuta for safekeeping
and further investigation”.

“It is instructive to note
that Saturday 25th of April 2020, was a date set aside for total lockdown
in Ogun state due to the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic, however, the daredevil
smugglers who have no regards for law of the land or regards for the law of the
land or disease ravaging the global community resorted to crossing the border
through illegal routes to perpetuate their nefarious activities in total
disregard of the health and economic wellbeing of the country”.

“The command wishes to
reiterate and warn the  general public  against attack on officers performing their
lawful duty as such will leave the officers with no other alternative than to
defend themselves”.

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