Ex-council chief urges NCS to shun gun duel in fight against smuggling

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Mr Saheed Adejare-Alaran, ex-chairman of Iseyin Local Government in Oyo State has appealed to the to engage superior technology devoid of gun duel in the fight against smuggling.

Adejare-Alaran told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Iseyin that the clash between operatives of the NCS and alleged on May 14 in Iseyin that led to loss of lives was unnecessary.

According to him, the loss of lives was needless and should not be; all the Customs operatives need do was to engage superior technology at the various borders to curtail smuggling.

NAN learn that fewer than four persons were hit with stray bullets when customs officers shot sporadically in the air after intercepting smuggled goods near the Iseyin border.

Mr Theophilus Duniya, the Spokesman, NCS, Federal Operation Unit (FOU), Zone A in Ibadan, said the clash was between NCS officers and rice .

Daniya said the NCS never shot sporadically in the air.

He said officers on routine patrol intercepted two Utility Van (SUV) loaded with smuggled parboiled rice at Iseyin.

He said the alleged , who were aggrieved with the seizure, mobilised thugs about 3pm and attacked the Customs operatives.

Duniya said that the mob attacked the officers with dangerous weapons which led to the infliction of serious injuries on two officers.

“They attempted to abduct one of the officers that was brutally attacked; who sustained deep cuts in his head and parts of his body.

“But his team mates acted in self-.

“The officers shot at the abductors leading to the of three of them before the injured officer was rescued and taken to hospital,” he said.

Adejare-Alaran told NAN that the clash would have been avoided if the NCS had engaged a superior operations at the point of entry.

The (APC) chieftain, who spoke in a telephone interview with NAN, said that the NCS should use of modern technology in their operations instead of gun duel approach.

feel the pains of the who lost their love ones to the gun duel. May God grant the families of the dead the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.