*We didn’t injure anyone – Command
Michael Adesanya /Abeokuta
Five residents of Oke Odan, a border community in Idiroko, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State were reportedly injured on Monday when some operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Area Command, raided the community in search of smuggled bags of rice.
One of the residents who pleaded anonymity explained that the Customs operatives shot sporadically during the operation.
“The operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Command, invaded Oke Odan last Monday with the excuse that they were looking for rice smugglers,” the source stated.
“They (operatives) and the soldiers who accompanied them forcefully opened warehouses where they suspected smuggled bags of rice were being kept.
“During the raid, five residents were injured and they are currently in the hospital receiving treatment,” he said.
“Last year also, they came to the community and some innocent people were hit by stray bullets. It is becoming recurrent and something must be done about it.”
The Custom’s State Command spokesman, Abdullahi Maiwada however denied that anyone was injured during the raid.
Maiwada said, “It was a smooth operation. We went after the smugglers in that community. We bust the warehouses where they keep smuggled bags of rice. And at the end of the operation, we seized over 300 bags of rice.Our operatives never injured anyone in the raid, it was one of the soldiers who suffered a minor injury during the raid.
“The smugglers barricaded the road with stones and various objects and they were stoning our operatives, but they (operatives) were able to pass through with the seizures made.”