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2 convicted for assaulting Customs officers

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has disclosed that it secured the conviction of two smugglers, Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede Jelili, last Tuesday, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The convictions came from their involvement in assembling to contravene customs laws, possession of smuggled goods and assaulting Customs officers with charms and horsewhips at Owoyele-Igbogila, Yewa-North Local Government, Ogun State in 2023.

The two men 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.

Felarun and Jelili were sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labor without the option of fine by Justice Demi-Ajayi of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta.

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

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