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Border War:Customs officer allegedly killed in clash with smugglers

There is palpable tension in Imasayi, Yewa North Local Government area of Ogun State, as an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) was allegedly killed during a melee involving suspected smugglers.

It was learnt that the incident occurred on Saturday night when officers of the NCS engaged the said smugglers while conveying some illegal goods.

The suspected smugglers were said to have resisted arrest; a situation that led to violence.

Properties worth millions of Naira had been destroyed in the riot, which resulted in the death of the yet-to-be identified Customs officer as many others sustained various degrees of injuries.

On Sunday, anti riot policemen were mobilised to take over Imasayi to restore normalcy.

An indigene of the community disclosed that residents of Imasayi fled the community for fear of being arrested by the police.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun 1 Command of the NCS, Abdullahi Maiwada, has confirmed the incident.

Maiwada told reporters that the NCS operatives were on routine anti-smuggling operations when they had an encounter with the suspected smugglers; adding that the officer was brutally murdered.

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