The Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A, Hussein Ejibunu, has directed investigations into the murder of one of its operatives, a Customs Assistant 1, on Saturday night in Ogun.
Mr Ejibunu, currently the Acting Controller FOU of the zone, gave the directive in a statement by Theophilus Duniya, the zone’s public relations officer.
According to him, the event happened at the Owode area of Ogun, by suspected smugglers.
While condemning the killing, the acting controller reiterated his resolve to keep suppressing the activities of smugglers and arresting perpetrators of the criminal act.
”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.
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”The body of the deceased has since been deposited in a mortuary, while investigations have commenced,” he said.
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.
Mr 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.