The Customs Area Controller, Ogun State Command, Michael Agbara,condemned the recurrence of such form of hostility and intimidation by smugglers and their accomplices on our officers will never distract us from vigorously discharging our statutory functions and vowed that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
Agbara stated this in an interview with journalists after the burial which took place at Sabo area of Abeokita, the Ogun State capital and was attended by Officers and men of Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Command.
He describes the slained Hamisu Sani as a gallant customs Officer who was dedicated to his duty and a promising young man that was cut down on his prime age.
He warned smugglers to keep away from Ogun State, as the command will not give them a breathing space to continue their illicit activities commiserated with the family of the officer who died while serving his father land, and assured that compensation will be paid to the deceased’s family, as all customs officers are duly insured against death in active service
Also in a Press release issued by the Command PRO, Abdullahi Maiwada, he said the deceased officer, Hamisu Sani, was killed in the early hours of Sunday, when a customs patrol team intercepted eight reconstructed vehicles fully loaded with smuggled rice and kept in a hideout at Asero area of Abeokuta.
“In an attempt to lawfully secure the said items, the smugglers and their accomplice ambushed the officers in a deadly manner.
“Unfortunately, during the encounter, one of the officers, a Customs Assistant I, Hamisu Sani, sustained grievous injuries and paid the supreme price in active service. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites”, Maiwada said.
Meanwhile, an Inspector of Customs, Tijani John Michel, who sustained serious machete cut during the incident, is responding to treatment in the hospital.
In the aftermath of the incident, two suspects were arrested by the police, while eight vehicles fully loaded with smuggled rice were secured in connection with the incident at the Customs House, Abeokuta, for further investigation.