The Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service yesterday denied media report that some operatives of the unit were involved in a shootout with policemen attached to the Oto-Awori police station in Agbara on Tuesday.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the unit, Uche Ejesieme said that the incident was just a minor misunderstanding which did not degenerate into a shootout as insinuated in the media.
“We wish to state categorically that the incident in question was just a minor misunderstanding which did not degenerate into a shootout as insinuated in the media.
“We wish to reiterate that the Nigeria Customs Service has a robust working relationship with the security agencies particularly the Nigeria Police Force, and therefore the mere fact that an incident occurred which involved a policeman in mufti and some customs officials does not suggest any kind of acrimony between the two government agencies.
“It is instructive to note that the symbiotic relationship between the Nigeria Police Force and the Customs remains intact, as both agencies are ultimately working harmoniously for the interest of the nation.
“We therefore want to disabuse the minds of the reading public to that publication which was sensationalized. We wish to appreciate the effort of the media both print and electronic in sensitizing the public on the activities of government agencies, but may we plead for objectivity in their reportage please,” the statement said.
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