Hoodlums attack Customs Command, injure officers, set office on fire

By AdvocateNews on 25/10/2020

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Hoodlums, masquerading as #EndSARS protesters, attacked the Kwara State Command warehouse of the Nigerian Customs Service in Ilorin on Saturday with the intention of looting.

In a resistance put up by Customs Officers on duty, 24 of the motorcycles and a tricycle that conveyed the looters to the facility were seized.

The hoodlums, however, succeeded in setting part of the place on fire.

The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Ahmed Bello, posted on the agency’s communication platform that the hoodlums attacked with guns, machetes, axes, charms and other dangerous weapons.

The Customs men had to call for reinforcement from the Nigerian Army, Bello said.

He said: “All efforts to address the hoodlums to douse the tensed atmosphere at the Command’s gate proved abortive and officers of the Command were left with no option than to respond appropriately to the spontaneous attack unleashed by the hoodlums.

“Unfortunately, 40 minutes of exchange of gunfire led to the serious injury of two of our officers who are now responding to treatment.”

Bello called on parents, guardians, community and religious leaders and opinion moulders to caution their wards on the dangers of toeing the path of illegality and anarchy.

He said: “The Command will do everything humanly possible within the ambit of the law to protect government properties and ensure that peace prevail against all odds.

“It is important to reiterate that officers of the NCS are only implementers of Federal Government’s policies in the overall interest of national growth and development.

“The hostility by hoodlums and their accomplices will never be a distraction in discharging our statutory responsibilities.”

Posted 25/10/2020 07:46:53 AM

 

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