Crime

Two Smugglers Bag Two Imprisonment For Assaulting Customs Officer

ABEOKUTA – Two smugglers, Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede Jelili, have been sentenced to two years of imprisonment with hard labour for possessing smuggled goods and assaulting an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

This information was revealed by the National Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, in a press statement issued on Sunday, February 11.

The statement recounted that the convicts used charms and horsewhips to assault the officer at Owoyele-Igbogila, Yewa-North local government, Ogun State, in 2023.

The statement reads in part: “The Nigeria Customs Service has successfully secured the conviction of two smugglers, Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede Jelili, on February 6, 2024, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

“The convictions stem 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.

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

“The Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, asserted 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.

“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 centre in Abeokuta since then until their recent conviction.”

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