Police, others spoil for ‘war’ against smugglers over Nigeria Customs’ killings

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to the constant killing of innocent citizens during confrontations between men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and suspected smugglers in Ogun State, the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in the state have threatened to wage war against anyone importing illegal goods into the country henceforth.

Report says a similar clash Tuesday, December 22 had led to the firing of shots by the Customs officers in the Ayetoro area of the state, resulting in deaths and injuries in the ugly incident.

It was gathered that the incident subsequently, has elicited diverse reactions from prominent indigenes of Ogun State.

Such important personalities as Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, have threatened to drag the Nigerian Customs Service before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged extrajudicial killings in the process.

However, the Police and other security agencies in Ogun State, at a security meeting Thursday, blamed the rising cases of smuggling and attendant deaths of innocent individuals in the border areas of the state on smugglers.

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Abimbola Oyeyemi, Spokesman of Ogun State Police Command, in a statement noted the stakeholders agreed that smuggling activities in Ogun border communities usually result in violent confrontations with security agencies, saying “it at times leads to fatalities.”

The Spokesman stated that the joint meeting of heads of security agencies in Ogun noted that the Federal Government recently reopened four international borders, but none of the four is in Ogun State.

The Police said: “Therefore, international borders in the state remain closed, and security operatives will continue to enforce the order and use every means at its disposal to discourage smuggling in the state.

“The meeting also observed with dismay, the incessant attacks on security personnel while performing their legitimate duties. It is therefore resolved that attack on any security operatives under any guise will no longer be tolerated as such acts will be met with appropriate force permitted under the law to manage violence.”

The security heads in the state as well noted with concern the growing rates of cult clashes in some parts of the state.

They promised to clamp down heavily on the perpetrators and their accomplices, said Oyeyemi.

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