By Hammed ShittuÂ in IlorinÂ
Some people suspected to be hoodlums have attacked men of the Nigerian Customs Service’ s roving team along Alapa area in Asa local government area of Kwara State
Â During the incident according to THISDAY investigations, four Golf cars loaded with rice were taken away by the hoodlums.Â
The hoodlums according to our checks, were said to have escaped into thin air after they had carried out the dastardly act on Tuesday with the aid of a serving policeman allegedly attached to Alapa police station
Â The intercepted NCS’s team was led by a ChiefÂ Superintendent ofÂ Customs, Maciver A.L. Other members of the team are Basheer, O.I, ASCII Iloba, M.I ASCII Ayinla J, CAI Mangai, andÂ CAI Odo PÂ
According to the leader of the team, the incident happened when they went on information patrol on Ilorin – Alapa roadÂ when they received information that smugglers have hiddenÂ two golf vehicles ladenÂ with imported rice inside the bush.
He added that “on sighting the patrol vans , the drivers of the vehicle containing the smuggled rice, bolted with the keys of the vehicles” Â
Maciver said due to the state of the vehicles that wereÂ laden with the contraband, himself and his men decided to evacuate the rice into the two customsÂ vehicles on patrol Â
The customs boss alleged that after taking off from the scene of the interception and on their way to their office with the bags of rice, four golf vehicles loaded with people suspected to be thugsÂ pursued their patrol vehicles with the assistance of aÂ police corporalÂ and forcefully off loaded all the bags of rice after partially destroying the customs patrol vehicle.Â
According to him, the ongoing construction workÂ along Geri Alimi Roundabout in Ilorin slowed down his men from moving fast andÂ the police corporal and the thugs caught up with them and forcefully offloaded the rice back to the golf vehicles .
Micever said due to the presence of innocent citizens around where his men were attacked, they could not open fire on the thugs to guard against shooting of innocent people.
He said that investigation had begun on the issue, assuring that the culpritsÂ would be apprehended and made to face the music.
When contacted, the spokesman of theÂ state police command , DSP Ajayi Okasanmi said the NCS had not officially briefed theÂ command about the development.
He however, confirmed that the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado had directed the Divisional Police Officer in AlapaÂ to investigate the matter and report back to the headquartersÂ about the involvement of the corporal in question.
.Okasanmi said that if the corporal was found to be involved in the allegation , he would be dealt with officially and brought to book accordingly.