Suspected smugglers have reportedly attacked a team of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) fleeing with a rifle and a vehicle loaded with confiscated rice.
Report says the whole conducting a wee hour operation on Friday intercepted and seized the truck loaded with bags of smuggled rice around Oke-Odo, In Lagos State.
After the operation, one armed operative and a driver were said to have been directed to take the recovered items to NCS Ikeja but were overpowered by the smugglers who allegedly regrouped.
“An officer was seriously injured and the smugglers went away with the vehicle containing the seized rice.
“They also went away with an officer’s gun. The Customs officers who fled came back with soldiers but to their shock, their vehicle was no longer there,” a source told TheNation.
Police spokesman in the state, SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the incident saying: “The Command is aware and we are joining hands with customs to fish out the criminals and recover the items. I cannot give you any other information. Our priority at the moment is to fish out the culprits and recover all items.”