February 23, 2024

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Two smugglers sentenced to prison with hard labour for attacking customs officers

Two persons in Ogun State have been sentenced to two years of hard labour for smuggling and assaulting Customs officers.

The duo, Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede Jelili were convicted on February 6, 2024 in Abeokuta for their involvement in a 2023 incident where they assembled to breach customs laws, possessed smuggled goods, and attacked officers with charms and horsewhips at Owoyele-Igbogila, Yewa-North Local GovernmentGovernment area of the state.

Justice Demi-Ajayi of the Federal High Court in Abeokuta delivered the ruling, sentencing the duo to imprisonment without the option of a fine.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, disclosed that 11 suspects were convicted for committing offences of improper importation, assault of Customs officers, possession of Pangolin scales meant for export, among other illicit items, while some other smuggling and related cases instituted in the courts are at various stages of prosecution and would be followed up diligently.

Oluwasegun and Jelili were first arraigned in Court in May 2023 on a three-count charge and have been remanded at the correctional center in Abeokuta since then until their recent conviction.

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