By Sandra Chukwunyere .

The Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) Sector 3 operatives on information patrol along Sinau-Kenu road in Baruten LGA of Kwara State had a face-off with smugglers which led to the death of a Customs personnel and three severely injured.

The Joint Border Patrol Team intercepted forty (40) bags of foreign parboiled rice 50kg each and Thirty (30) jerry cans of premium motor spirit (PMS) 25 each litres abandoned the bush paths, Sinau-Kenu Road.

One of the patrol vehicles that was shot at during the attack by smugglers and their sympathisers.

The operatives immediately swung into action and evacuated the seized items into their operational vehicles for onward delivery to Government Warehouse for safe keeping in line with rules of engagement, while on transit; a group of hoodlums laid ambush and pelted their personnel with bullets, stones, bottles and charged them with cutlasses, sticks, including the use of charms and other dangerous items.

In the incidence carried out by the hoodlums who shot sporadically at officers and the fiery exchange that ensued, one of our officers succumbed to the cold hands of death, while three (3) officers sustained life threatening injuries and are currently responding to treatment in the hospital.
The deceased was ASCI Saheed Aweda and has

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