Three personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have been killed by gunmen in Rivers State.
Jerry Atta, the spokesperson for Zone C, Custom’s Federal Operations Unit, confirmed this on Sunday.
According to Atta, the officers were attacked by armed men on Saturday night at a patrol base in Isiokpo – the headquarters of the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
The zonal spokesman noted that after killing the security operatives, the gunmen went away with an Ak-47 rifle and two Toyota Hilux vans belonging to the service.
Atta blamed the killing of the security operatives on armed smugglers, whose businesses have been frustrated by the customs in recent times.
He stated that a thorough investigation would be carried out to unravel the circumstances that led to the attack and to unravel the motive of the assailants.
The Nigeria Police Force has, however, been silent on the status of its policemen after confirming that the attack took place in the Omagwa – Isiokpo – Elele communities in Ikwerre, along the Port Harcourt – Owerri Road.
Although police authorities in the state have confirmed the attack, they went silent on whether any of their personnel was killed.
“We have launched a full-scale investigation into the dastardly attack with a view to arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to justice,” the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Eboka Friday, said in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers, Nnamdi Omoni.