Travelers stranded for hours as customs, smugglers clash in Ogun

Travellers were stranded for hours on Saturday in traffic gridlock on the Abeokuta-Siun-Sagamu Expressway, Ogun State as officials of the Nigeria Customs Service and some suspected smugglers clash.

The travellers were stranded at Kobape junction via Abeokuta, in the Obafemi- Owode Local Government Area of the state.

NEWSCASTARS.COM gathered that a source, told Sunday PUNCH that the customs officials attached to the NCS Federal Operating Unit  Zone ‘A’ Lagos,  were on the trail of the suspected smugglers trafficking foreign parboiled rice.

The operatives reportedly seized some of the smugglers’ cars loaded with bags of rice which prompted the smugglers to mobilise themselves leading to a gun duel between them and the customs men.

Some accounts claimed lives were lost from both sides but the information could not immediately ve confirm.

The smugglers parked at Kobape junction, along the Abeokuta-Sagamu highway, to resist the officers on their trail.

A source who was a victim said some of the smugglers pelted the law enforcement agents with stones, while a few of them wielded cutlasses and the customs officers fired gunshots, thereby throwing residents of the area and commuters into confusion.

Travellers on the highway were stranded as they took cover in the Kobape community. A number of drivers reportedly abandoned their vehicles and fled into the forest.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Customs at FOU, Theophilus Duniya, confirmed the clash.

He said “Yes. I am still gathering the facts. Just give me some time. I am trying to confirm the fact from the team leader so that I can get first hand information. I will get back to you.”

 

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