Two Smugglers Committed to Prison for Assaulting Nigeria Customs Officers

The Nigeria Customs Service has secured the conviction of two smugglers, Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede Jelili for assaulting Customs Officers with charms and horsewhips among other charges.

A statement signed by National Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, said the culprits who committed the offence at Owoyele-Igbogila, Yewa-North Local Government, Ogun State in 2023, we’re sentenced on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to the statement, the verdict follows their involvement in assembling to contravene customs laws, possession of smuggled goods and assaulting Customs Officers with charms and horsewhips.

“Felarun and Jelili have been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment with hard labor without the option of fine by Honourable Justice Demi-Ajayi of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta.” The statement read.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, also 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.

According to the Customs spokesperson, Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede 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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