THE Ogun Area Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service, Peter Kolo, has raised the alarm that smugglers and their supporters are allegedly using pump action rifles, AK47, local charms and some other dangerous weapons to attack his officers in the border areas of the state.
Kolo lamented that the armed attacks were responsible for the casualties mostly recorded at the border areas of the state.
The Area Comptroller said this during a press briefing on the scorecard of NCS Ogun I Area Command held at Idi-Iroko part of the state.
The customs boss, however, reiterated that the attacks on the NCS operatives would not deter them from performing their fundamental duties.
He said, “We wish to reiterate that the sustained attacks on operatives of NCS and other sister agencies will not deter us from the continued performance of our legitimate duties in Ogun State.
“On several occasions, our officers, while performing their lawful duties, come under sustained harassment and attacks from daredevil smugglers and their supporters/sympathisers, who use pump action rifles, AK 47 rifles, local charms and other dangerous weapons.
“This sometimes results to casualties on either side or both. For instance, on October 12, 2020, one officer, AIC Solomon Alagye, was killed and another officer of the Service CAI (T) Taiwo Odeyemi is still missing up till today after an attack on their patrol team on December 3, 2020 by these criminal gangs.”