An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), attached to the Ogun State Command has allegedly been killed by smugglers
The incident, it was gathered, took place on Saturday at Owode, Yewa South Local Government Area of the state.
Owode is about 20km to Idiroko, the Nigerian border town with the Benin Republic.
The smugglers were said to have attacked the Customs Officer during the seizure of their smuggled bags of foreign rice.
It was learnt that the slain officer was a driver of one of the patrol vehicles of Zone ‘A’ of the Federal Operating Unit of the NCS.
The FOU had intercepted the smuggled goods on Saturday night, thereby incurring the anger of the smugglers, who in reaction, mobilize to the scene to prevent the seizure.
They were said to have shot at the officer while fixing one of the two vehicles conveying the seized smuggled rice, which broke down, following a mechanical fault.
The spokesman of Customs Zonal Federal Operational Unit, Theophilus Duniya, confirmed the incident on Sunday.
Duniya explained that the smugglers, who were armed with dangerous weapons and charms, mobilized themselves in large numbers and attacked the officer and killed him.
He added that the remains of the officer have been deposited in a morgue.