By Uzair Adam Imam
One of the custom officers that had been abducted in Ogun State on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 was found dead, suspected to be killed by rice smugglers four days after his abduction.
His corpse was found in a river near Fagbohun village, in Yewa South Local Government area on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, suspected smugglers ambushed Custom officers on patrol and abducted two in the process.
Addressing newsmen on the latest attack, the Customs Controller, Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Ikeja, Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu, confirmed the incident.
However, Kehinde added that: “Two officers sustained machete wounds and luckily enough, they were treated and responded to treatment. As if that was not enough on Tuesday, October 26, in the same Ogun State suspected smugglers ambushed another patrol team in Yewa South Local government area of Ogun State and abducted two officers.”
“Two of the officers were declared missing as at Tuesday. Search for them continued till Wednesday morning when the body of one of the officers was found in a river near Ajegun-Iyaloosa village on Wednesday. His rifle was also found near the river.
“The search for the second missing officer continued till Friday, when the dead body of the second abducted officer was found. The strap of his rifle was still hanging on him as at the time his body was found but his rifle was missing.
“Those in authority should know that we are all their children and no life is more sacred than another. If it were to be the other way round the news would have been everywhere. This will be the last time I will come on air to discuss issues of attack and killing of Customs officer. I will be forced to evoke our Rules of Engagement. Officers will now defend themselves when an unprovoked attack is unleashed on them,” he said.