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Ogun Customs laments missing officer , three  months after he was  kidnapped.


Abiola Seun.   |.

The Ogun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has lamented incessant attacks on its personnel, stating that an abducted officer is still missing despite repeated search.

The Command disclosed this in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Oloyede Hameed Bukoye, late on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Peter Chado Kolo, during a courtesy visit to traditional rulers of border communities, used the opportunity to appeal to parents and guardians residing in border communities to prevail on their children, wards and youths to desist from such criminal acts such as smuggling and attack on security agencies.

“The CAC sought for their support in combating smuggling and urged them to educate their subjects on the menace of smuggling and further warned strongly against incessant attacks on security operatives discharging their statutory duties as that will no longer be tolerated.

“The CAC also told the traditional rulers that on several occasions, Customs officers while performing their lawful duties came under sustained harassment and attacks from daredevil smugglers and their supporters/sympathizers who use pump action riffles, AK47 rifles, local charms and other dangerous weapons.

“This sometimes result in casualties on either side or both. “For instance on the 12th of October, 2020, one officer, AIC Solomon Alagye, was killed and another officer of the Service CAI (T) Taiwo Odeyemi is still missing up till today after an attack on their patrol team on the 3rd of December, 2020 by these criminal gangs.

“The Command wish to reiterate that the sustained attack on operatives of NCS and other sister agencies will not deter it from the continued performance of its legitimate duties in Ogun State. The Command will continue to dialogue, engage, sensitise and educate the public on social/economic implication of smuggling as well as performing a statutory function of enforcing compliance in line with government fiscal policies.”

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