At least three Customs officials and a soldier were allegedly injured when they were attacked by smugglers in the Igboora area of Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday.
Theophilus Duniya, Customs Public Relations Officer, Federal Operations Unit Zone A, made this known in a statement issued on Saturday and made available to journalists in Ibadan.
Mr Duniya said the incident happened around 8.00 p.m. on Friday.
“The injured customs officers who are operatives of the Zone A, Federal Operations Unit, sighted eight trucks carrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice whose drivers and armed accompanying passengers launched attack on the officers.
“One of the attackers was shot and disarmed while the others retreated with their smuggled wares.
”Investigations are ongoing to arrest and prosecute the attackers. All the attacked Customs officers, and soldier, including one that was shot in the head, are receiving treatment,” Mr Daniya said.
He said the acting Controller of the Unit, Usman Yahaya, condemned the attack and “reiterates the uncompromising resolve of the Service to suppress smuggling”.
The unit, according to the acting controller, “will never relent or be intimidated by these unwarranted attacks by criminal elements unlawfully bearing arms and unleashing same on officers on legitimate duties.” (NAN)
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