Residents of Fagbohun village around Idogo/Ipaja in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State have fled the area, after a clash between suspected smugglers and operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The clash was said to have occurred on Tuesday, when the smugglers opened fire on operatives from the Federal Operating Unit (FOU), who were said to be on a sting operation.
Two operatives were declared missing after the confrontation.
It was stated that the lifeless body of one of the officers was later found inside a river near Ajegun Iyaloosa village, while the other is still missing.
Theophilus Duniya, Public Relations Officer of the FOU in Zone A, confirmed the incident.
Duniya said some suspects have been arrested.
“The attacked officers are from FOU. One is confirmed dead, while the other one is still missing,” he said.
“It happened on Tuesday in the afternoon. They were on information patrol when they were attacked. It was an unprovoked attack that ended the life of one and the other one is still missing
“The one that was found dead, his rifle was missing; but we can’t say for the other one that is still missing until we get to the end of it. At the moment we have some suspects in custody in relation to that murder.”
It was reported that the residents fled the community for fear of reprisal attack by the NCS.
Bolanle Ajayi, a member of the Ogun State house of assembly, who visited the community, confirmed that all villagers, except an aged woman found in a hut, have fled the area.
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