Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service allegedly killed three students of Ojumo Community High School, Ihunbo in Ipokia Local Government area of Ogun State, injuring market women.
It was gathered that the tragedy happened when a vehicle driven by a Customs officer lost control and killed the students, who were standing by the road side after school has dismissed for the day.
The vehicle, it was learnt, was seized from some suspected smugglers along Idiroko road. It was gathered that the incident happened close to Ihunbo market, thereby bringing injuries upon market women too.
Irate youths of the community were said to have set the vehicle on fire as the Customs officers took to their heels for fear of being lynched.
Aliyu Maiwada, the Ogun customs public relations officer, confirmed the incident on Monday, October 7, 2019. He said, “I can confirm there is an incident that happened and our officers were involved and it’s very unfortunate that life is involved.
But we are yet to confirm the details of what happened. “However, the preliminary information is that our men were conveying a ‘tokunbo’ vehicle suspected to have been smuggled into the country; in which an okada rider carrying some students crossed their way.
It was an accident. I cannot inform you about how many lives that were lost at the moment.”
It could be recalled that a youth group in Ipokia local government on October 1 claimed that about 100 residents of the area have died in the last five years in series of clashes with security agencies over smuggling activities.
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