A Customs Assistant 1 officer has been reported to have been killed by smugglers during an attack on their convoy in Owode axis of Ogun State
The officer was said to have been killed while moving bags of rice that were earlier impounded, for been smuggled into the country, by the law enforcement officers deployed to the axis.
Confirming the attack and murder, Deputy Comptroller, Hussein Ejibunu, for the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A, on Sunday, said an investigation into the murder has commenced.
Ejibunu, who condemned the killing, reiterated the resolve of the agency to keep suppressing the activities of smugglers and arresting perpetrators of the criminal act across the borderlines.
He said: ”The driver was killed during an operation, after two vehicles laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice, were seized and were being taken to Lagos.
”In the course of the movement, one of the vehicles developed a mechanical problem and as it was being fixed, the suspected smugglers mobilised themselves in large number with arms, charms, stones, and other dangerous objects, to murder the deceased officer.
”The body of the deceased officer has since been deposited in a mortuary, while investigations have commenced to unravel the perpetrators of the act within the axis”.
He noted that the killing would not deter the efforts of the FOU Zone A, under his leadership, from carrying out its statutory duties, in the interest of national security and economy.
Ejibunu added that seizures of smuggled wares and arrest of suspects would continue until the perpetrators embraced a change of heart and shift to legitimate trades.