The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A, has commenced investigation into the killing of one of its operatives, (Customs Assistant 1) on Saturday night at Owode area of Ogun State by suspected smugglers.
The Acting Controller of FOU Zone A, Hussein Ejibunu, in a statement by Customs Public Relations Officer for the unit, Theophilus Duniya, directed investigation into the murder.
Ejibunu, said the driver was killed during an operation after two vehicles laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice were seized and taken to Lagos.
According to him, in the course of movement, one of the vehicles developed mechanical fault and was being fixed when suspected smugglers mobilised in a large number with arms, charms, stones and other dangerous objects to kill the deceased officer.
Ejibunu said the body of the deceased has been deposited in a mortuary, while investigations have commenced.
The Acting Controller reiterated his resolve to suppress smuggling and arrest perpetrators of the criminal activity. He said the killing would not deter FOU Zone A, under his leadership, from carrying out its functions in the interest of national security and economy.
The Controller stressed that seizures of smuggled goods and arrest of suspects will continue unless the perpetrators embrace a change of heart and do legitimate business.