By DAPO OLAWUNI
A newly wedded customs officer attached to the Operation Border Drill by the Nigeria Customs Service have been killed by smugglers around Sarki area of Oyo State.
Since the Federal Government launched the operation in 2019, scores of Customs officers have lost their lives to gun battle with die hard smugglers, even as the figure keeps rising.
Pictures of the lifeless officer whose identity is yet to me made known by the Customs authorities was circulated online, even as videos of Customs officers and SARS Team of the Nigerian Police were seen arguing fiercely over who should take credit for dislodging the smugglers.
Even though the customs is yet to come up with an official statement, sources however confirmed the incident happened on 12th of August 2020 along Oyo-Saki Axis and generated a lot of uproar and alterations between Officers of Customs and SARS Operatives on who actually over-powered the smugglers.
Vehicles were however see parked by the roadside, abandoned by the smugglers while Customs officers and SARS officials fight over the keys to the vehicle.
Sources said the young officer was killed by smugglers because the fire power of the smugglers doubled that of Customs.
The SARS Operatives fire power however reportedly made the smugglers to abandon the smuggled cars and head for the bush.