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Smugglers attack Nigeria’s customs office, stealing bags of rice

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In a disturbing turn of events, a group of hoodlums allegedly mobilized by smugglers launched a violent attack on the Nigeria Customs office in Yauri, Kebbi state, North West Nigeria.

The incident, which occurred following the seizure of 41 bags of parboiled rice believed to be smuggled, has raised concerns about the security challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in curbing illegal activities in the region.

According to reports, officers received information about the presence of smuggled foreign rice at Yauri waterways.

In response, the outstation staff swiftly moved to the location, confiscated the contraband items, and transferred them to the Yauri office.

However, shortly after the operation, a large group of armed hoodlums descended on the office, overpowering the security personnel and making off with 29 bags of rice and an AK rifle.

Mr Tajudeen, the spokesperson for the Command, revealed that the attackers also engaged in acts of vandalism, including damaging a senior officer’s vehicle and destroying office equipment such as air conditioners.

Several suspects have been apprehended and are currently in police custody, while efforts to track down other individuals involved in the attack are underway.

In the aftermath of the incident, Comptroller Earnest. expressed gratitude to the collaborating security agencies for their support during the confrontation.

He issued a stern warning to smugglers, cautioning them to desist from illegal activities in Kebbi state and urging them to engage in lawful business ventures that comply with customs regulations.

The brazen attack on the Nigeria Customs office in Yauri serves as a stark reminder of the persistent challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in combating smuggling and related criminal activities.

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It also underscores the need for enhanced security measures and inter-agency cooperation to safeguard public institutions and maintain law and order in the region.

 


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