Three residents of the Ijora Badia community of Lagos State have been reportedly killed by men attached to the Federal Operations Zone A, of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in Ikeja, when the custom officers stormed the area shooting sporadically while policemen were carrying out a separate operation.
Reports say the custom officers were invited over by some of the residents of the Hausa community after policemen arrested 10 Hausa men a day earlier following a raid on a black spot at the Whitesand area of Ijora in the Badia community.
In trying to secure the release of the arrested men, the custom officers reportedly shot sporadically but they were met with a stiff resistance by the police who returned fire in the gun duel that allegedly claimed three lives.
A resident of the community who witnessed the shootout but spoke on the condition of anonymity said; “Some customs officers have killed three persons where the Divisional Police Officer of Badia Police Division was performing an operation.
“The customs officers were invited by some Hausa miscreants affected by the operation because the DPO had arrested 10 persons of Hausa extraction over alleged criminal activities.
“When the customs officers came today, they started harassing some of us. Suddenly, they started shooting at us and killed three people.”
But the state Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident said only one person died following the shootout while two other were responding to treatment in hospital.
“The community and the police were on joint operation of raiding blackspots within the community and arresting suspected criminals yesterday.
“In the process, some officers of the NCS, who were on convoy with officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had an encounter with some of the hoodlums.
“They fired some shots and three people were hit by the bullets. As a result, one death was recorded while two others are receiving treatment in the hospital. Policemen are not involved.” She said.
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