Customs: Smugglers Found Guilty of Assaulting Officers

Customs: Smugglers Found Guilty of Assaulting Officers 

... Sentenced Two Years Imprisonment with Hard Labour 

Kathy Kyari 

Two smugglers, Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede Jelili, have been found guilty by the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The convictions stem from their involvement in organizing to violate customs laws, possessing smuggled goods, and attacking Customs Officers at Owoyele-Igbogila, Yewa-North Local Government, Ogun State in 2023, according to a statement released by the National Public Relations Officer, SC Abdullahi Maiwada. 

"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 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" the statement reads. 

Following their initial court appearance in May 2023 on a three-count charge, Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede Jelili were placed on remand at the Abeokuta correctional center until their current conviction.

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