Ogun Customs/Smugglers Clash: Officer, Patrol Vehicle Decleares missing
By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Following a clash between men of Nigeria Customs Services and Smugglers over the weekend, the Ogun 1 Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Idi-Iroko, has declared one of its officers, CAI Taiwo Odeyemi missing while a patrol vehicle was vandalized.
The Command Public Relations Officer, Hammed Bukoye Oloyede stated this in a press statement made available to newsmen men in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital on Friday.
According to Oloyede,the incident happened on Thursday 3rd of December, 2020 when Officers and Men of Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun I Command were on routine mobile patrol along Olorunlere village, near Alapoti, Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area.
The PRO said that officers intercepted some vehicles loaded with bags of foreign parboiled rice which infuriated the Smugglers to react.
“The suspected smugglers sensing their loss on sighting the patrol team attempted to evade arrest and eventually started shooting sporadically at the Officers. This resulted to serious exchange of fire between the two sides.
“Consequently, the patrol team called for re-inforcement. However, before the intervention from other units, they were overwhelmed due to the numeric strength of the smugglers/hoodlums. In the ensuing commotion, the team tactically withdrew to enable the arrival of the reinforcements teams.
“On the arrival of the military personnel and other units of Customs including Federal Operations Unit (FOU) as requested by the CAC, the hoodlums had already vandalised one of the official vehicles attached to the team. It was later discovered that an official driver, CA I (T) Taiwo J Odeyemi was missing and has not been found as at the time of writing this report.
“In the light of the above, investigation is ongoing and effort is being made along with other security agencies and other critical stakeholders to locate the whereabouts of the missing officer and rescue him alive.”Oyedele stressed.
Oyedele stated further that, the Command Area Controller, (CAC ) Comptroller Peter Kolo has strongly warned smugglers and their supporters to stop their incessant attacks.
“The CAC has strongly warned Smugglers and their supporters as incessant attacks leaves Officers with no other choice than to use appropriate force to deal with these new wave of criminal attacks on personnel performing their statutory functions.
“The Command is not detered by this and will step up its offensive against those whose interests is to make profits at the expense of the Nation.
“Finally, the CAC has vowed to ensure that those behind this attack face the full wrath of the law and justice”Oyedele concluded. .