Two children have been hit by stray bullets throughout a confrontation between customs males and petrol smugglers at Seme border in Lagos State.
In line with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN), two boys – Hunsu Taiwo (12), and Ganjo Henry (10), have been taking part in in Sokenu Compound of Seme once they have been hit by customs bullets on Friday.
The injured victims, nevertheless, survived after receiving remedy on the Customs clinic at Seme border.
Confirming the incident, Customs Spokesman in Seme, Hussaini Abdullahi, mentioned the 2 boys have been hit by stray bullets on the again and ankle.
Abdullahi mentioned that the incident occurred throughout a confrontation with smugglers who have been making an attempt to smuggle petrol to the neighbouring Benin Republic.
“On Friday, July 3, at about 5 p.m, a joint patrol workforce of command, based mostly on credible intelligence went on an operation together with Seme Carpenter village and recognized a hideout utilized by some unpatriotic parts to stockpile petrol for onward smuggling to the Benin Republic.
“To evacuate the mentioned merchandise from the scene, some unscrupulous parts launched a vicious assault and aggressively superior in the direction of the scene of the seizure with assorted harmful weapons with a desirous effort to set the place ablaze.
“Contemplating the volatility of the seized gadgets and the truth that all efforts in need of utilizing power to halt the mob from advancing in the direction of the scene proved abortive, officers have been left with no choice than to make use of their firearms to defend themselves and keep away from the envisaged disaster.
“Nonetheless, verifiable info later acquired indicated that two younger harmless boys have been injured by stray bullets at again and ankle,” he mentioned.
The customs spokesman mentioned the boys have been rushed to Customs clinic for correct medical intervention and thankfully the consequence got here out with no main damages.
“This gave room for immediate remedy of the sufferers at Customs facility and have been consequently discharged strictly based mostly on medical recommendation.
“On this be aware, the command needs to register its unreserved displeasure with this unlucky incident.
“As a accountable and responsive service, we’re working around the clock to accomplice with the household by offering all the required assist to cushion the impact of this tragedy,” he mentioned.
Abdullahi, nevertheless, mentioned the renewed hostility by smugglers and their accomplices would by no means be a distraction in discharging its statutory tasks.
He promised that smugglers would at all times meet there waterloo with no respiration area in Seme command.