One person died on Wednesday, in a clash between the enforcement operatives of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and suspected smugglers in Ogun State.
It was gathered that the deceased said to be a bricklayer was hit by the Customs’ bullet during the encounter at Ebute community along Ilaro-Ojaodan axis of Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Ogun State Command of the Customs, ASC Abdullahi Maiwada, who coburned the incident in a press release, said:
“Officers of Nigeria Customs Service Ogun Command, on routine patrol based on credible intelligence at about 0830hours, trailed a military truck-head smuggled into Nigeria and kept at Ebute Community. In an attempt to secure the said vehicle, some unscrupulous members of the community mobilized themselves by blocking the access road and started pelting our personnel with stones, bottles, cutlasses, sticks and other dangerous items.
“Considering the implication of such truck to national security, our Officers resisted and called for reinforcement to cordon the area for the safe evacuation of the truck.
“Unfortunately, during the encounter, one of the hoodlums was shot at the upper part of his leg (pelvic girdle) and consequently died. Normalcy has since returned with the intervention of Police and Military personnel. The truck has been secured at Customs House, Abeokuta for further investigation”.