*says 3 persons shot dead , mob attack FOU men with dangerous weapons
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operation Unit (FOU) on Friday, declared that the attack on its men by suspected assailants led to the death of three persons shot dead by its men in Iseyin on Thursday.
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operation Unit, (FOU) Public Relations Officer, DSC Theophilus P Duniya in a statement made available to the New Nigerian, stated that three persons were shot during self defence in the midst of mob attack.
DSC Duniya stated that the Customs FOU men were attacked by the “assailants” with dangerous weapons which led to the infliction of serious injuries on two officers, adding, “in an attempt to abduct one of the officers that was brutally attacked; who sustained deep cuts on his head and other parts of his body. The assailants also took his rifle before his team members whom acted in self defence, shot at his suspected abductors”
” At about 1500 hours of Thursday, 13th May, 2021 some dare devil smugglers mobilized themselves with the help of some thugs; attacked a patrol team serving with Federal Operations Unit Zone A, who were on lawful duty at Iseyin.
The officers who were on routine patrol intercepted two Nissan Pathfinder SUV vehicles fully loaded with smuggled foreign parboiled rice at Iseyin” he said.
According to DSC Duniya, ” sequel to the interception, the officers were attacked by a mob who were mobilized by the smugglers”, adding, ” the mob attacked the officers with dangerous weapons which led to the infliction of serious injuries on two officers. In an attempt to abduct one of the officers that was brutally attacked; who sustained deep cuts on his head and other parts of his body”.
” The assailants had taken the injured officer with his rifle before his team members whom acted in self defence, shot at his suspected abductors leading to the death of three of them before he was rescued and taken for immediate medical attention.”
DSC Duniya stressed, ” the officers were able to successfully evacuate the intercepted smuggled rice, while the injured officers are currently receiving treatment”, adding, “the Acting Controller of the Unit, DC Usman Yahaya, is sad about the avoidable incident and urges community leaders and parents to call their wards and youths to order”.
While frowning at the criminality of obstructing and attacking officers on lawful duty, he describing it as a Venture that yields no good for all including the Service and urged ” for compliance to extant rules”, assuring of the resolve of his men to remain resolute on discharging their duties in the best interest of Nigerians.