There was chaos at Oja-Odan in the Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State on Thursday, when security operatives engaged in a gun duel with suspected smugglers, left two persons dead and 10 others injured.
Ripples Nigeria learnt that the incident involved a joint force of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and soldiers, and occurred after a patrol team from Ogun Command Area I, intercepted about 320 50kg bags of foreign rice stockpiled in a building.
It was gathered that during the evacuation of the goods, a group of smugglers and hoodlums allegedly opened fire on the patrol team, leaving four customs operatives, one soldier, and five civilians that assisted in the evacuation with gunshot injuries.
However, in a reprisal, the patrol team killed two of the suspected smugglers and left many others with gunshot injuries.
Confirming the incident on Friday, the Customs Command’s spokesperson, Hammed Oloyede, said those injured had been taken to a hospital for proper medical attention and were currently responding to treatment.
Meanwhile, he said the patrol team succeeded in evacuating the items, arrested one suspect, Taiye Kujo, and confiscated six motorcycles used by the suspected smugglers.
He said, “An investigation is ongoing to fish out more perpetrators of this barbaric act. In this regard, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Peter Kolo assured the general public that the renewed hostilities by armed smugglers will not deter our officers and men from discharging their statutory responsibilities.”
He appealed to the traditional rulers and community leaders to caution their subjects to desist from smuggling activities or attack on security operative as anyone caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
By Victor Uzoho
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
SPECIAL REPORT: Lack of legal provisions, cultural sentiments fueling marital r*pe in Nigeria
By Arinze Chijioke In the early days of Sandra Izuckukwu’s marriage in 2019, her husband, Sunday Izuchukwu, did everything she...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (IV): Surviving in a dangerous media environment
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020. For six...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (III): Precious Owolabi was killed covering a protest
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019-2020. For six months, Nigerian...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (II): Alex Ogbu was telling a story but became the story
This four-part series investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020....
SPECIAL REPORT… TELECOMS BLACKOUT: Nigeria’s latest tactic against banditry grounds businesses, forcing residents beyond borders
The fight against notorious bandits raining terror and kidnapping students in Northwest Nigeria took a new dimension in September as...