The increase in banditry in the country lately is becoming very alarming, even security agent in the country are not left behind.
The Nigeria Customs Service has narrated how its operatives offered bandits seven bags of seized rice to save themselves from gunmen.
Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed, who is the Coordinator of the Sector 4 Command of the Joint Border Patrol Team in the North-West, disclosed this during a press conference on Tuesday in Katsina state.
Mohammed said the operatives had to offer seven bags of rice to the bandits whom he said were operating in the Dutsinma Local Government Area of the state.
He explained that Customs officials had entered the bush where the bandits were taking shelter, describing it as the same route used by smugglers to bring contraband into the country.
“We (the operatives) seized 37 bags of rice and the bandits asked for seven bags before allowing them to pass and save their lives.
“So, you see the risk we take but people, especially those living along the border communities engaged in attacking our officers,” he said.
The comptroller noted that the sector has intercepted contraband with a duty-paid value of over N304,325,850.90 and arrested four smugglers in Katsina state from February 1 to date.