Smugglers Attack, Brutally Machete Customs Officer In Ogun - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Smugglers Attack, Brutally Machete Customs Officer In Ogun

The wounded officer
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - An Assistant Superintendent Customs Officer attached to Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Area I Command, ASC Chidi Johnson was on Friday brutally macheted by daredevil armed smugglers in Ogun state. 

The smugglers went berserk on officers of the Nigeria Customs Service Ogun I Command while on information patrol at Ilashe village in Ipokia local government area of the state. 

According to the Customs Public Relations Officer in the command, Abdullahi Maiwada in a press release sent to our reporter, the officers have intercepted 35 bags of smuggled parboiled rice of 50kg each ferried by a convoy of motorcyclists.

Maiwada explained that, the Customs officers on their way out of the area, were overwhelmed by the diehard smugglers who launched a vicious attack with assorted weapons.


The Customs spokesman further stressed that, in an effort to repel the attack and avoid bloodshed, the affected officer was macheted and sustained deep cuts in various parts of his body. 

He said the wounded officer survived the onslaught and he is recuperating at an undisclosed hospital. 

He however noted that, five suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently undergoing interrogation.  

"At about 1930hours on Friday 8th May, 2020, Officers and Men of Nigeria Customs Service Ogun I Command went on information patrol to Ilashe village in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun state.

"During operation, they Intercepted thirty-five (35) bags of smuggled parboiled rice of 50kg each ferried by a convoy of motorcyclists (popularly known as okada).

"On their way out of the area, the diehard smugglers mobilised themselves in an overwhelming number,  launching a vicious attack  with assorted  weapons on Officers performing their lawful duties.

"In an effort to repell the attack and avoid blood shed, one officer of the Customs, Assistant Superintendent Chidi Johnson was brutally matcheted, sustaining deep cuts in various parts of his body. 

"The seriously wounded Officer was immediately rushed to the hospital for medical attention, and luckily he is responding to treatment (pictures attached).

"To this end, five suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently undergoing interrogation.

"It is instructive to note that Friday (08/05/2020) was a date set aside for total lockdown in Ogun state due to the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We find it unfortunate and strange, that the  daredevil smugglers who have no regards for laws of the land or the disease ravaging the global community resorted to crossing the border  through illegal routes to perpetrate  such nefarious activites in total disregard of the health and economic well being of Nigerians.

"Principally, we seize this opportunity to enjoin the faceless unpatriotic smuggling cartels to stop using uninformed youths as cannon fodders in their nefarious trade. 

"We challenge them to bring their own biological children to attack personnel of the Service and have a taste of the consequences of such act."

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