A man who had one of his legs amputated and goes on clutches has been arrested for being a member of smuggling gang operating in Ogun State, Nigeria.
The man identified as Faleru Olusegun confessed while being caught in the act by the men of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’, of the Nigeria Customs Service.
As per Daily Independent reports, Olusegun who was paraded at the headquarters of FOU Zone ‘A’ in Lagos, for alleged smuggling and attacking operatives with charms and horsewhips confessed while fielding questions from journalists that he was smuggler.
“I am a farmer at Oboko Odoyan. In 2013, I was attacked by armed robbers, because in area there are many armed robbery and kidnapping activities. I was shot in the leg. I was on sick bed for 9 years. That is why I joined a smuggling gang after I recovered.
When I joined in 2022, they also shot me again, you can see some of the healed wounds, that is why I decided to go about with these charms to prevent robbery attacks and gun shot injuries. I have not attacked any officer with gun.”
Speaking further, Olusegun confessed that one of his friends introduced him to smuggling.
“He started by giving me 5 bags of rice. That was how I started little by little. Even this car I am using, I bought it with money from a cooperative loan.
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Parading the suspect, the Acting Area Controller of the Unit, Husein Kehinde Ejibunu said the suspect was arrested at Owoyemi village, Igbogila in Ogun State.
Ejibunu, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs said they were two in a vehicle with smuggled rice when they were intercepted.
“They were intercepted between 11.30 pm to 12am. They were two in a vehicle laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice. When they were forcefully stopped, upon coming down, they started fighting my officers.
“They used these horse whips to beat my officers. The second suspect is at the hospital recuperating from injury sustained because he attempted to do what was unethical, and he was brought down.
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“Both of them, their rice and their charms, because they depended on the charms, which they claimed could make them disappear, but the charms could not save them that day,” the Customs boss said, adding that they are awaiting prosecution.
“ As a matter of fact, I have taken remand order from the court which authorizes their detention till the charges are prepared, because the other suspect is still recuperating at the federal hospital.