No fewer than four persons were feared killed in Ilara, Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State yesterday following a bloody clash between operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and suspected smugglers.
Six others also sustained gunshot injuries during the incident that occurred about 8:30am. Sunday Telegraph learnt that trouble started when suspected smugglers attempted to sneak in bags of rice in a convoy of vehicles from the border town to Abeokuta, the state capital
It was learnt that the smugglers were accosted by a joint patrol team made up of NCS operatives and OP MESA soldiers. Sources said in a bid to impound the contrabands, the suspected smugglers put up a stiff resistance during which guns were freely used
When contacted, the Customs Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, confirmed the incident. Maiwada, however, said he could not give a definitive account of the number of casualties recorded. “I learnt there was an interdiction between our men (Customs) and smugglers in Ilara border town when the smugglers wanted to move bags of rice in their vehicles out of the town to their receivers but I don’t have details of the incident.