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Hoodlums attack Customs command, injure officers

Hoodlums attack Customs command, injure officers
Written by Maritime First

…As Police, vigilantes thwart bandits’ attack in Niger***

Hoodlums, masquerading as EndSARS protesters, attacked the Kwara Command warehouse of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in Ilorin on Saturday with the intention to loot.

In a resistance put up by Customs officers on duty, 24 of the motorcycles and a tricycle that conveyed the looters to the facility were seized.

The hoodlums, however, succeeded in setting part of the place on fire.

Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Ahmed Bello posted on the agency’s communication platform that the hoodlums attacked with guns, machetes, axes, charms and other dangerous weapons.

The Customs men had to call for reinforcement from the Nigerian Army, he said.

“All efforts to address the hoodlums to douse the tensed atmosphere at the Command’s gate proved abortive and officers of the Command were left with no option than to respond appropriately to the spontaneous attack unleashed by the hoodlums.

“Unfortunately, forty minutes of exchange of gunfire led to the serious injury of two of our officers who are now responding to treatment,’’ he stated.

Bello called on parents, guardians, community and religious leaders and opinion molders to caution their wards on the dangers of toeing the path of illegality and anarchy.

“The Command will do everything humanly possible within the ambit of the law to protect government properties and ensure that peace prevails against all odds.

“It is important to reiterate that officers of the NCS are only implementers of Federal Government’s policies in the overall interest of national growth and development.

“The hostility by hoodlums and their accomplices will never be a distraction in discharging our statutory responsibilities,’’ he stressed.

Also read: Hoodlums disguising as #EndSARS protesters swoop, loot Iseyin Customs base, Police Station

In the meantime, the Police Command in Niger,  said its operatives and local vigilantes have thwarted bandits attack on Hayin Beri village near Kamfanin Bobi in Mariga Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Adamu Usman, told the newsmen in Minna that the attempted attack occurred at about 4:00 am on Saturday.

He said that one bandit was killed and others forced to flee with injuries due to the superior firepower of the police operatives and local vigilantes.

“Mop up operation to track the fleeing bandits is ongoing,” he said, and urged residents to report anyone with a bullet wound to security agents nearest to them.

The police commissioner also called on residents to provide credible information on suspected criminals to security agencies, for appropriate action.


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