How clashes between Customs, smugglers claim lives in border communities

Clashes between officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and smugglers at border communities have continued to claim lives and property, including vehicles and offices, Daily Trust reports.

Customs officials stationed at border communities across the country have been engaging in fierce battles with smugglers of different goods.

While the officials are saddled with the responsibility of protecting the borders from infiltration of contraband goods, arms, and illicit drugs, smugglers device various methods of going against the law.

Apart from killing the alleged smugglers, Customs officials and innocent citizens are also losing their lives during altercations at border communities.

Besides gun battles with the smugglers, findings by Daily Trust Saturday showed that excessive speeding by the security agents while going after the suspected smugglers contribute to the casualties being recorded.

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