Suspect arrested in shrine for killing customs officials, driver

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has arrested two persons who allegedly masterminded the killing of its officials and driver in Ogun State with one of the suspects apprehended in his shrine.

The slain customs officials and their driver, it was learnt, were murdered in the state between September 11 and October 26, by a smuggling ring under the control of the two suspects.

Addressing reporters in Lagos yesterday, the acting Controller of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, Ikeja, Hussein Ejibunu said over N2.8billion worth of goods were seized and 41 suspects arrested by the Unit in the last five weeks.

Ejibunu narrated how one of the prime suspects responsible for the death of the Customs officers in September was arrested in his shrine in the Yewa area of the state where he had gone with a cockerel to perform some rituals.

The second prime suspect, the Customs chief said, was arrested yesterday after fleeing to Benin Republic after the killing.

In the period under review, Ejibunu said, 41 suspects were arrested, 23 of whom granted administrative bail while 18 were still in their custody.

Findings revealed that the unit’s officers seized 13,342 bags of 50kg smuggled parboiled rice, 285 cartons of Basmatic rice, 464 cartons of Tomato paste, 1,009 cartons of expired Chinese drinks, 694 bales of secondhand clothing, 5,413 cartons of Medicaments without NAFDAC Numbers or Certification 907kg of hemp.

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