April 19, 2024

CUSTOMS, POLICE GO AFTER YAURI OUTSTATION ATTACKERS

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CUSTOMS, POLICE GO AFTER YAURI OUTSTATION ATTACKERS

…Hold Closed Door Meeting With Kebbi State Governor

By Ebenezer William

In the late hours of Thursday, March 21, 2024, at about 2310 hours, the combined team of Yauri outstation and surveillance were informed of a suspected smuggling activity at Yauri Waterside. Upon arriving at the scene, 41 bags of foreign parboiled rice were seized and taken to the outstation.

Afterwards, a mob attacked the aggrieved smugglers and mobilised hoodlums to attack the outpost.

Upon sighting the mob, the management contacted the command and other sister agencies for reinforcement, which helped in containing the situation.

Amid the attack, the OiC sustained a hand injury; 1 AK47 rifle was carted away but retrieved shortly; and 29 out of 41 bags of the seized rice were taken away by the attackers.

The mob went further to vandalise the OiC personal vehicle, the outstation ACs, chairs, tables, windows, doors, and other essentials put in place to support the operations of the outstation.

Furthermore, to subside and lower tension, the Kebbi State Governor hosted the Customs Area Controller on the way forward, and normalcy has since been restored.

The Customs Area Controller, Iheanacho Ernest Ojike, has been in touch with the Commissioner of Police, and so far, some arrests have been made and an investigation has been launched given arresting and prosecuting the criminals.

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