Five suspected smugglers have been arrested for attacking officers of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in Ikpokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.
One of the officers who sustained severe injuries in the ambush laid by the suspected smugglers last friday week was identified as Assistant Superintendent Chidi Johnson.
Johnson was among a team of Customs men from Ogun 1 Command was sent on an assignment to evacuate about 35 50kg bags of rice that smugglers brought into the country.
It was learnt that the Customs men had embarked on the operation at about 7.30pm on Friday based on an intelligence report that suspected smugglers were keeping smuggled rice in a house at Ilashe village in Ipokia Local Government Area.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun 1 Command of the NCS, Abdullahi Maiwada, who confirmed the attack, said the smugglers mobilised themselves in large numbers with dangerous weapons with the aim of attacking officers performing their lawful duties.”
The suspected smugglers macheted Johnson, giving him deep cuts in various parts of his body.
“The seriously wounded officer was immediately rushed to the hospital and, luckily, he is responding to treatment.
The five suspects who were arrested and also connected with the incident are currently undergoing interrogation.
Maiwada said that Friday was a date set aside for total lockdown in Ogun State due to the surge of the COVID-19 cases.
He added,” We find it unfortunate and strange that the daredevil smugglers, who have no regards for the laws of the land or the disease ravaging the global community, resorted to crossing the border through illegal routes to perpetrate such nefarious activities in total disregard for the health and economic well-being of Nigerian.”