Smugglers Attack Customs, Cart Away AK47

Suspected rice smugglers have attacked men of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Yauri outstation in Kebbi State.

Customs Public Relations Officer, Kebbi Area Command, Mohmmed Tajudeen Salisu, in a release for the Customs Area Comptroller, Iheanacho Ernest Ojike, said the officer in charge of the outstation (OiC) sustained injury during the attack and one AK47 rifle was carted away but later retrieved.

He said 29 out of 41 bags of rice seized by the Customs were taken away by the attackers.

He added that the combined team of Yauri outstation and surveillance team were informed of a suspected smuggling activity at Yauri Waterside.

“Upon arriving at the scene, 41 bags of foreign parboiled rice were seized, secured, and taken to the outstation.

“Afterwards, a mob attack was launched by the aggrieved smugglers by way of mobilising hoodlums to attack the outpost,” he said.

He said the upon sighting the mob, the management contacted the command and other sister agencies for reinforcement, which helped in containing the situation.

The PRO said the mob went further to vandalise the OiC personal vehicle, the outstation air conditioners, chairs, tables, windows, doors, and other essentials put in place to support the operations of the outstation.

Daily Trust

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