Customs Office Attacked by Hoodlums in Kebbi State

In a disturbing incident, suspects believed to be hoodlums launched an attack on a Customs office located in the Yauri Local Government Area of Kebbi State. The attack resulted in injuries to an officer and significant damage to property, according to a statement released by Mohammed Salisu, the spokesman for the command.

The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday, March 21, 2024, after officers intercepted smuggled items in the area. Upon seizing 41 bags of foreign parboiled rice, the officers secured the contraband and transported it to the outstation. However, a mob attack ensued, orchestrated by aggrieved smugglers who mobilized hoodlums to assault the outpost.

In response to the attack, the management of the Customs office contacted the command and other sister agencies for reinforcement, which helped contain the situation. Despite their efforts, the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) sustained a hand injury, and an AK-47 rifle was temporarily stolen but later recovered. Additionally, the attackers made off with 29 out of the 41 seized bags of rice and vandalized various property at the outstation, including the OIC’s vehicle, air conditioner, furniture, and infrastructure essential for operational support.

To restore calm and address tensions, the Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Nasir Idris, hosted the Customs Area Controller to discuss the way forward. The Customs Area Controller, Iheanacho Ojike, has also been coordinating with the Commissioner of Police, resulting in some arrests and the launch of an investigation to apprehend and prosecute the criminals responsible for the attack.


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