Three persons were killed while trying to abduct a Customs officer in Iseyin.
The attack happened on Thursday, 13th May, 2021 when some dare devil smugglers mobilized themselves with the help of some thugs and confronted a patrol team serving with Federal Operations Unit Zone A, who were on lawful duty at Iseyin.
According to a statement by DSC Theophilus P Duniya, on behalf of the Ag. Controller, F O U Zone ‘A’ The officers who were on routine patrol intercepted two Nissan Pathfinder SUV vehicles fully loaded with smuggled foreign parboiled rice at Iseyin.
Sequel to the interception, the officers were attacked by a mob who were mobilized by the smugglers.
The mob attacked the officers with dangerous weapons which led to the infliction of serious injuries on two officers.
In an attempt to abduct one of the officers that was brutally attacked; who sustained deep cuts on his head and other parts of his body the assailants took the injured officer with his rifle before his team members whom acted in self defence, shot at the suspected abductors leading to the death of three of them before he was rescued and taken for immediate medical attention.
The officers were able to successfully evacuate the intercepted smuggled rice, while the injured officers are currently receiving treatment.
The Acting Controller of the Unit, DC Usman Yahaya, regretted the avoidable incident and urged community leaders and parents to call their wards and youths to order.
He lamented the criminality of obstructing and attacking officers on lawful duty, describing it as a venture that yields no good for all including the Service.
While appealing for compliance to extant rules, he assured of the resolve of his men to remain resolute on discharging their duties in the best interest of Nigerians.