By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operation Unit (FOU) on Saturday has said that the Friday bloody clash at Iganna and Igboora was an alleged unprovoked attack by smugglers on its operatives.
According to the Customs FOU Zone A in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Theophilus Duniya, in the clash, three Customs Officers and a soldier on duty were injured.
Duniya stressed that the injured Customs Officers ” sighted 8 trucks carrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice whose drivers and armed accompanying passengers launched attack on the officers in Igbo Ora at about 8:00pm.
The Customs FOU Zone A spokesman added, ” one of the attackers was shot and disarmed while the others retreated with their smuggled wares, adding that as present, ” investigations are ongoing to arrest and prosecute the attackers”,
Duniya stated that all the attacked Customs Officers and soldier, including one that was shot in the head, are receiving treatment, and that the Acting Controller of the Unit, DC Usman Yahaya, condemns the attack and reiterates the uncompromising resolve of the Service to suppress smuggling.
He emphasized that the Acting Controller vowed that the unit will never relent or be intimidated by this unwarranted attacks by criminal elements unlawfully bearing arms and unleashing same on officers on legitimate duties.