The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Area Command on Wednesday 7th January, 2018 says one of its operatives, Muhammed Maigari, was macheted by armed smugglers at Ibeji River around Idogo-Ifoyintedo axis in Ipokia Local Government Area of the state.
Brave Maigari who was moved to Idiroko border axis under the Federal Operations Unit is alleged to have suffered a life-threatening cut on his left upper arm by the smugglers.
Maigari was on a routine patrol with some of his associates when they suddenly got word that smugglers were approaching the river with a smuggled Toyota Highlander.
He and his crew hurried to the location. Though the vehicle was intercepted Abdullahi Maiwada the Public Relations Officer, NCS Ogun Area Command, the smugglers fought the operatives in an attempt to disarm Maigara he blocked the smugglers. They then aimed a killing blow to his head which he blocked with his arm.
Maiwada said, “One of our operatives was savagely attacked with a machete on Wednesday at Ibeji River around Idogo-Ifoyintedo axis in Idiroko.
The cut was life-threatening. The smugglers were armed and they confronted our operatives. But since we did not want any loss of lives, our operatives successfully intercepted the Toyota Highlander being smuggled through the forest.
It is currently in the command’s custody at sentry, Idiroko border. The command will not relent in curbing smuggling activities around Idiroko border and Ogun State as a whole.”
He said Maigari was first rushed to the General Hospital at Idiroko for treatment, but he added that the injured officer, had since been transferred to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, for comprehensive treatment