Ogun State Command of Nigeria Customs Service, on Sunday, suffered casualty as one of its officers was killed by suspected smugglers.
Also, another officer sustained severe machete cuts, as their patrol vehicle was ambushed and attacked by suspected smugglers
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command, Abdullahi Aliyu Maiwada, in a statement said the officers, who were on official duties intercepted eight reconstructed vehicles fully loaded with smuggled bags of rice.
The contraband according to him, were kept in a hideout at Asero area of Abeokuta, the state capital.
He said it was when the Customs operatives attempted to lawfully secure the smuggled items, that the smugglers ambushed them in a deadly manner.
Maiwada, said it was during the deadly encounter that a Customs Assistant, Hamisu Sani, who sustained grievous injuries later died, while another, an Inspector of Customs, Tijani John Michel, escaped with serious machete cuts.
“The fallen officer has since been buried according Islamic rites, while the injured Inspector is responding to treatment in the hospital.
“Meanwhile, two suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the incident and eight vehicles fully loaded with the smuggled rice have also been secured and transported to Customs House in Abeokuta for further investigation.
“While we commend the patriotic role of our sister agencies and law abiding citizens, we wish to categorically state that we will deploy all necessary apparatus to ensure that the perpetrators of this devilish act are brought to book to face the full wrath of the law.
“Finally, the reoccurrence of such form of hostilities and intimidation by smugglers and their accomplice on our officers and men will never distract us from vigorously discharging our statutory functions”. Maiwada stated.