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Suspected smugglers allegedly kill Customs officer, injure 3 others

In the Baruteen Local Government Area of Kwara, a Nigerian Customs Service officer was slain by alleged smugglers while on patrol on Sinau-Kenu Road.

The Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) Sector 3 of the service was ambushed on Friday, according to Mr. Chado Zakari, spokesman for customs in Kwara, who verified the event in a statement in Ilorin on Monday, October 24, 2022.

He claimed that after evacuating some abandoned thirty jerry cans of PMS and forty sacks of rice, the group of thugs started shooting randomly and started throwing other deadly objects at the staff.

But while three other officers suffered injuries of various severity and are receiving treatment in an unidentified hospital, one of the officers paid the ultimate price.

According to Zakari, the deceased ASCI Saheed Aweda was buried in his hometown of Popogbona in the Kwara State local government of Ilorin West in accordance with Islamic customs.

According to the statement, “JBPT Sector 3 operatives on information patrol along Sinau-Kenu Road in Baruten LGA of Kwara State intercepted 40 bags of foreign parboiled rice, each weighing 50 kg, and 30 jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit, each containing 25 litres, left on the bush path, Sinau-Kenu Road.

According to the rules of engagement, the operatives sprang into action right once and placed the confiscated objects into their operational vehicles for subsequent delivery to a government facility for safekeeping. A group of thugs ambushed and attacked our employees with weapons, stones, bottles, cutlasses, sticks, charms, and other potentially harmful objects while they were in transit.

“The criminals fired randomly at the police. Three of our policemen suffered potentially fatal injuries and are currently receiving treatment in a hospital, while one of our cops died in the ensuing frenzied exchange.

He claimed that in addition to Comptroller Olugboyega Peters, representatives of the DSS, NPF, ONSA, NIA, Immigration, and other security agencies had visited the family of the deceased to express their condolences and offer prayers for the officer, whose sacrifice was greatly valued.

The Joint Border Patrol Team’s (JBPT) Coordinator, Compt. Olugboyega Peters, has ordered a thorough inquiry to find those responsible for the inhumane aggression.

“This pattern of unjustified attacks by anonymous thugs who want to terrorize law enforcement officers will not go unpunished. Additionally, it won’t weaken the determination of the officers and men to carry out their statutory duties, according to the statement.

The Sector will continue to pursue the anti-smuggling campaign despite the unjustified attacks, he said, praising the assistance and reinforcements from JBPT Headquarters Team, JBPT Ilesha Baruba, Kwara Command, Customs Police, and 224 Recce Battalion of the Nigerian Army for quick action.

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