Monarch warns against attack on customs officials

Nigerian Custom Officer

The monarch said a customs boss was rescued by the police.

Nobody was killed in the attack on a Customs Area Comptroller in Yewa, Ogun State, contrary to media reports, the traditional ruler of Yewaland, Kehinde Olugbenle, has said.

Mr. Olugbenle said this in Ogun while reacting to reports of an alleged killing of one person, identified as Seun, whose group was alleged to have attacked the customs boss.

He said contrary to the media report, the information available to him showed that nobody was killed; rather it was the customs boss, Ade Dosunmu that was attacked in Ajilete town by the bandits.

Yewaland has a lot of border communities with neighbouring Benin Republic and is a major route for smugglers who regularly confront security operatives.

“The fact available to me as Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, who prevailed on the Nigeria Customs not to retaliate the attack when the report got to me through the customs boss, after the incident, revealed that there was no casualty and that it was one young man who actually used a car to block the Area Comptroller’s car at Ajilete,” the monarch said.

“My findings further revealed that, when the customs boss left the Ajilete spot, his vehicles were again blocked by some yet to be identified people at Owode-Yewa before he was saved by Police reinforcement sent by the Police Area Commander,” he added.

The traditional ruler appealed to indigenes and residents of Yewa to co-operate with security operatives and not attack them for any reason.

“I am imploring those in the habit of attacking law enforcement agents especially the customs along our border town posts to desist from such criminal acts that is giving Yewa people bad names.

“We are peace loving people and our people will continue to cooperate with the Custom Services in spite of peculiar operational challenges associated with their operation in most of our border towns in the country,” Mr. Olugbenle said.

The monarch also cautioned the media to guard against sensationalism, especially on border reports and ensure they get their facts right.


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