Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has confirmed the clash between some of its officers and residents of Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, Southwestern Nigeria.
Recall that some men in Customs and Army uniforms were said to have invaded Igangan in Ibarapa North local government area around 8.pm on Friday and shot sporadically.
The gunmen reportedly killed two people at Igangan in Ibarapa North while one person who is the Amotekum commandant was killed in Igboora in Ibarapa Central local government area.
The NCS has however confirmed the incident.
NCS in its reaction claimed that it was the residents that attacked its officers who were on the trail of some buses carrying prohibited items, contrary to what the residents said.
Customs Public Relations Officer, Federal Operations Unit, Theophilus Duniya, confirmed that three Customs officers and a soldier were injured during the clash.
He added that the Customs officers sighted smugglers carrying prohibited items and in the process, the smugglers attacked the officers.
Duniya, further said that investigations are still ongoing to arrest the suspects.
“Three Customs Officers and a soldier on duty were injured in an unprovoked attack by smugglers in Igbo Ora area of Ibarapa Local Government, Oyo State in the evening hours of Friday, July 16 , 2021 at about 8:00 pm.
“The injured Customs Officers who are operatives of the Zone A, Federal Operations Unit, sighted 8 trucks carrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice whose drivers and armed accompanying passengers launched attack on the officers.
“One of the attackers was shot and disarmed while the others retreated with their smuggled wares.
“While investigations are ongoing to arrest and prosecute the attackers, all the attacked Customs officers and soldiers, including one that was shot in the head, are receiving treatment.
“Acting Controller of the Unit, DC Usman Yahaya, condemns the attack and reiterates the uncompromising resolve of the Service to suppress smuggling.”