Story By Gloria Ehiaghe.
A Comptroller-General of Customs patrol team on routine assignment was on Tuesday attacked by smugglers at the toll gate end of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, leaving their patrol van burnt and officers injured.
Business and Maritime West Africa gathered that some Customs operatives from the Federal Operations Unit ’A’ Ikeja, had earlier laid ambush on the smugglers disposing them of contraband items, mainly frozen poultry products.
Irked by the incident, the dare-deviled smugglers mobilized in large numbers and engaged the Customs operatives in a gun battle. It was gathered that the roving van of the CG's patrol team who were on a routine patrol in the axis was set ablaze.
Confirming the incident, the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Bimbola Oyeyemi, said that officers of the Nigeria Customs Service had intercepted some smugglers at the toll gate in Ota, resulting in a gun battle.
One of the affected Customs officers, who said he escaped by the whiskers, said he was yet to establish contact with his fellow officers.
“We were on a routine patrol this morning. And from nowhere, some hoodlums just swooped on us, attacking us with various dangerous weapons”, he said, explaining that his team was not aware that their colleagues had actually made some seizures.
“We were just on our way to the office when we were attacked by smugglers”, he said.